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The Measure of a Man

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Why nonviolence mattersEloquent and passionate, reasoned and sensitive, this pair of meditations by the revered civil-rights leader contains the theological roots of his political and social philosophy of nonviolent activism.
Paperback, 56 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing (first published 1988)
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Ismael Galvan
It's not often a book of such compact size has the ability to deliver a tremendous impact. Martin Luther King writes in a potent and eloquent style infused with divine wisdom. The Measure of a Man focuses on two points: 1)What is the worth of a person? 2)The dimensions of a complete life.

His views are humbling, inspiring, empowering, and enlightening. The passing decades have strengthened the relevancy of his wisdom. This book is a shinning beacon offering guidance in a storm of materialism, spi...more
Nikita T. Mitchell
This was a short read, taking me only an hour in the park one day. It is a spiritual essay discussing man’s place here on earth. I enjoyed it. One of my favorite parts of the book is when he talks about doing your best at all times:

“He should seek to do his job so well that the living, the dead, or the unborn could not do it better. No matter how small one thinks his life’s work is in terms of the norms of the world and the so-called big jobs, he must realize that it has cosmic significance if...more
Amy
I enjoyed picking this VERY short book up on the day we remember this brave man. It is divided into three sections: What is Man?, The Dimensions of Man, and Parting. The last section is a few paragraphs- it is the touching and ironic speech he gave the night before he was murdered. The middle section was my favorite. To have a complete life we need length, breadth, and height. Length is defined by us, specifically, our dreams, our journey. But hopefully, we have breadth: the ability to reach out...more
Carey
I l-o-v-e Dr. King, don't get me wrong. This booklet was just kind of preachy. The irony. ^_^ I expected it to be more about civil liberties and human rights. It's more about religion.
Jeridel Banks
This book is so short, but it questions the physical and spiritual worth of a person.
Jason
This is easily one of the shortest books that I have ever read, if not the shortest. After the first page I realized that it was not going to be read in just a few hours, like I had thought when I picked up the book. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is one our nation's most iconic figures. He is a movement. He represents the good side of America and Americans. He represents an entire race. He represents harmony. He represents grace. He represents forgiveness. Because of all of these well known, put-tog...more
Mohammed Alshanakhnakh
A very short book, consisting of three parts: What is a Man?, The Dimensions of a Complete Life, and Parting. The Dimensions of a Complete Life was my favorite. Although I am a Muslim, I could still see and agree with the valuable lesson MLK, Jr. was giving here. To have a complete and balanced life, you must take care of three dimensions of life; You must do your diligence toward three: Your self, Others, and God. Before you begin to love others, you must first be able to love yourself. To seek...more
Minzi
This is a very short book. Like a pamphlet. Don't over pay for it. It has 2 sermons in it. I like this book while not being religious myself, its meaningful. Reading some other reviews it makes me wonder if people forgot who MLK Jr was first and foremost, and that is a Christian. His complete devotion to God is, in my opinion, what made him everything he was. So to have this book be religious in tone, is exactly who he was. I've given this book as gifts, along with his autobiography, and they've...more
Steven Denton
Sometimes I forget that Dr. King was, above all else, a preacher. I might have chosen a poor read for a first introduction to his works. I was expecting a text on civil/human rights. Instead, this is one long sermon with baseless claims about God. He ties it in to human worth, but we simply do not agree. I remain firmly in the humanist camp where, according to Dr. King, "all my efforts turn to ashes and my sunrises into the darkest nights." Womp. We will try again with another text in the future...more
Eddie
Thoughts Beyond Measure

This pocket-style book written in 1959 contains two short inspirational, philosophical and theological thoughts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King begins his introspection by revealing his answer to the question, What is Man? He follows this with his thoughts on the three dimensions of a complete life: length, breadth and height. Naturally, both points are deeply rooted in theology but you feel as if each is just a brief introduction to a much larger context.
Martin
I just can't enough of the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. These two meditations read like eloquent dvar torahs. Mind-prying stuff. His moral clarity is profound. Now that I've gotten a taste of many of his speeches and small books, it's on to the big ones for full absorption.
Matt
Short book, mostly ideas heard in various MLK speeches. Nothing real deep, poor exegesis, nothing original enough to write a book about. Some good principals, worthwhile read but only because of it's length. (2 out of 5 stars)
Peter

Written just before he was shot, it includes a hauntingly prophetic transcript of his last speech, spoken the night before he died
Andrés Franco Medina-Mora
Believer or not you should read this book. No matter who you are or where you come from, you'll learn something.
Stacy
Jul 27, 2011 Stacy added it
Beautiful! A quick, profound read for all. Really makes you think
Abdullah Almuslem
Short book but interesting and entertaining.
Kathleen
one of my all time favorite books.
Janette
Amazing writings by a great man!!
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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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