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"Thou, Dear God": Prayers That Open Hearts and Spirits

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"Thou, Dear God" is the first and only collection of sixty-eight prayers by Martin Luther King, Jr. Arranged thematically in six parts--with prayers for spiritual guidance, special occasions, times of adversity, times of trial, uncertain times, and social justice--Baptist minister and King scholar Lewis Baldwin introduces the book and each section with short essays. Includ ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Beacon Press
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Tim Baumgartner
What a great resource into the heart and mind of an ambassador of Christ who went through continual suffering as Christ did, but yet prayed "nevertheless Your will be done" (Matthew 26:39).

The author broke the book into the following sections of prayers:
-for spiritual guidance
-for special occasions
-for times of adversity
-for strength in times of trial
-for uncertain times
-for social justice
-[and concluded with] Biblical verses and Christian sources that inspired him

At the beginning of each of th
Ann Hammon
Mar 10, 2014 Ann Hammon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought I was familiar with much of Martin Luther King Jr.'s spiritual writing. (as opposed to what? his spirituality imbued his politics!) Anyway, I did not know the prayer in "Thou, Dear God" as separate from his speeches, but seeing them like this has been eye-opening for me. I love his words, written and spoken, but it was good to see these as words he spoke to the Divine, on our behalf.
The last section holds Scripture that he prayed or was influenced by, as well as prayer or thought from
Robert Dean
Dec 10, 2014 Robert Dean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A powerful collection that speaks of Dr. King's connection to a wide gamut of influences from various Christian traditions. I found it simultaneously inspiringly fresh and rooted in the best of tradition.
Mar 03, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this via a Giveaway - as you might expect if you are familiar with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s prayers/speeches/writing, this book was amazing. It's a beautiful and inspiring collection of prayers, categorized, and I would highly suggest reading it.
Steve Palm-houser
Many religious progressives give short shrift to prayer, perhaps because the idea of prayer seems to suggest a narrow, anthropomorphic God who must be persuaded to do what we want. The prayers of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. collected in this book are of an entirely different order. Read more ...more
I was expecting more from this book. It was simply ok. It didn't inspire me the way I thought it would. Although, it was not a bad read by any means.
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The prayers and history of when they were spoken makes this book a good candidate for a constant companion.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the pivotal leaders of the American civil rights movement. King was a Baptist minister, one of the few leadership roles available to black men at the time. He became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955–1956) and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1957), serving as its first president. His ef ...more
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