Strength to Love

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  • Edition: GIFT
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-04-10
  • Publisher: Fortress Pr

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"If there is one book Martin Luther King, Jr. has written that people consistently tell me has changed their lives, it is Strength to Love."

So wrote Coretta Scott King. She continued: "I believe it is because this book best explains the central element of Martin Luther King, Jr.' s philosophy of nonviolence: His belief in a divine, loving presence that binds all life. That insight, luminously conveyed in this classic text, here presented in a new and attractive edition, hints at the personal transformation at the root of social justice: " By reaching into and beyond ourselves and tapping the transcendent moral ethic of love, we shall overcome these evils."

In these short meditative and sermonic pieces, some of them composed in jails and all of them crafted during the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights struggle, Dr. King articulated and espoused in a deeply personal compelling way his commitment to justice and to the intellectual, moral, and spiritual conversion that makes his work as much a blueprint today for Christian discipleship as it was then.

Individual readers, as well as church groups and students will find in this work a challenging yet energizing vision of God and redemptive love.

The remarkable courage and deep conviction of Martin Luther King Jr. live on in this classic prophetic text, a veritable primer in the principles and practice of nonviolence. Despite nearly fifty years since its publication, Strength to Love reads as pertinently to our situation as it did in the midst of the civil rights movement. Yet Strength to Love is more than a blueprint of a movement; it is a template for personal authenticity in an age when vast social and economic change demand and depend on personal integrity. As King averred, "Only through an inner spiritual transformation do we gain the strength to fight vigorously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit." This brief classic holds the key to that transformation.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
A Tough Mind and a Tender Heartp. 1
Transformed Nonconformistp. 11
On Being a Good Neighborp. 21
Love in Actionp. 31
Loving Your Enemiesp. 43
A Knock at Midnightp. 53
The Man Who Was a Foolp. 65
The Death of Evil upon the Seashorep. 75
Shattered Dreamsp. 87
How Should a Christian View Communism?p. 99
Our God Is Ablep. 109
Antidotes for Fearp. 119
The Answer to a Perplexing Questionp. 133
Paul's Letters to American Christiansp. 145
Pilgrimage to Nonviolencep. 155
Sourcesp. 165
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Great collection. June 26, 2011
This is a wonderful collection of Dr. King's sermons. Dr. King is a prolific writer and the spiritual component of his works is amazing. One of the main themes of the collection as a whole is King's passionate denunciation of racial prejudice and of the tangible injustice that springs from that phenomenon. I guarantee that the chapter on tough minds/tender hearts will change anyone who reads it. This textbook really taps into a lot moral, social, racial issues of today. I would highly recommend this textbook to anyone who has struggled with anger and would like to see God's move in the seemingly ordinary people in this land.
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