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Strength To Love

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This is a collection of classic sermons preached by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Published (first published 1963)
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Martin Luther King Jr. may be seen by many people, unfortunately, as a cliche historical figure. Everybody feels as though they know a lot about him, but in reality most people know nothing about him besides the fact that he was a civil rights leader who got assassinated. I personally have always wanted to pick up a book by MLK Jr. because I have never been satisfied with the info that black history television programs and school classes gave me. Don't get me wrong, those sources gave me good in ...more
Ted Mallory
Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior wrote that "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" in 1963.

Just last week Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan said that "A terrorist attack on any of us is an attack on all of us."

I shared both quotes with my Civics class, but one eighth grader wrote on the board under Dr. King's words that "no one gets this." I asked if they'd like me to discuss it with them and the same student said, "no, we don't care either."

That made me
Dec 29, 2009 Talat rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in social justice, Christianity, or extraordinarily eloquent writing
Recommended to Talat by: Professor Donald Matthewsan
Shelves: christianity
Dr. King's eloquence, rhetorical power and Christian witness inspire at every turn of phrase. each page is saturated with prophetic power. "Strength to Love" (1963) is a collection of sermons that Dr. King delivered in the late 1950s and 1960s and edited for print. I feel challenged to identify what the most powerful part of this book is. Every page seems to bear the best of the book's message. Dr. King's gospel of social justice and non-violence consistently radiates forth. Of special interest ...more
Nick Klagge
I found this book of King's sermons to be very moving. I started thinking about reading it because of the whole tiff-taff over the fake King quote circulating on Twitter after the OBL assassination. (Despite not being a direct quote from King, it certainly expressed a sentiment consistent with his philosophy, and was more or less a paraphrase of a passage in this book.)

Before reading StL, I was of course familiar with King in a cultural sense and had read a couple of his writings such as "Letter
"Admitting the weighty problems and staggering disappointments, Christianity affirms that God is able to give us the power to meet them. He is able to give us the inner equilibrium to stand tall amid the trials and burdens of life. He is able to provide an inner peace amid outer storms. This inner stability of the man of faith is Christ's chief legacy to his disciples. He offers neither material resources nor a magical formula that exempts us from suffering and persecution, but he brings an impe ...more
I read this book in Africa, it was life changing. Martin Luther King, Jr. was not only an amazing leader for the African American community's fight for social justice, he also offers so much wisdom for all of us with words of guidance in love, faith, hope, and strength. He challenged me to become a thinking Christian, not just a following one.
Donovan Richards
A Big Deal

Martin Luther King, Jr. is a big deal. I recall learning about his life and his influence on civil rights early and often in grade school. I heard his famous “I Have a Dream” speech long before I knew what it meant. King County—where I live—originally named after William Rufus King is now named after MLK.

Yet for all I’ve learned about King over the course of my education, I knew little about the origins of King’s thought. Aside from a passing mention of King as a Baptist minister, the
Evan Kostelka
I don't know if I have come across a better collection of sermons. Martin Luther king Jr knew how to weave theology with poetry and philosophy and science and give it flesh. Why have I never read this stuff before?!
Nathan Miller
Although focused on Kings teachings about God and the application of Christianity to the persistent problems of humanity, this book is very engaging to Christians and Non-Christians alike.

Extolling the virtues of love, humanity and understanding King explores how we can reach out to each other and become true brothers, maybe not under God in my opinion but still the principles apply, that if you educate and reach out to those that hate and preach intolerance you can slow and virtuously change th

This has to be one of my all-time favorite books. What a stalwart saint MLK Jr was, and I pick this book up again and again to be reminded what it means to love my enemy, persevere in trial, and be courageous in having a tough mind and soft heart. He has taught me to be a better Christian and laid out the sharp keenness of his mind and theology and how it encompassed his worldview, how it should shape & challenge ours, and ask us to critique whose Kingdom and whose cause we are living for.
Melissa Gerding
Incredible, timeless truth. To read his famous words in the context of his sermons is enlightening, moving and powerful. This book is giving me courage to love. Dr. King is a remarkable servant and blessing from God.
Outstanding book. Absolutely thought-provoking and heart-centered.
I've read many apologetic writings and though this is not labeled as such, I'd definitely say that it is certainly a work of Christian apologetics in many senses. It deals with the Faith and the Reason of Christianity. It's about the terrenal duties and celestial rights of the Christian. It challenges you to use both your lips and your hands, theory and practice, as you follow Jesus in this world to the coming. King addresses bot
An interesting thing about reading Dr King is that he is so much a part of the lexicon at this point, it was easy for me to forget that at the time of this writing, these ideas (nonviolence, forgiveness, addressing Civil Rights as a site of radical love and understanding) were NEW. Especially because history has written MLK largely into a comparison with Malcolm X, he (King) gets portrayed as softer, even weaker, as a leader. This book re-centers King as an individual, as a pastor, and as a thin ...more
My Pseudonym
Quite simply: This is one of those books where every single sentence is a philosophical work of genius. You could read just one line and ponder its meaning all day. A very clever and insightful piece of work, written by a great man generations ahead of his time.
Julie Failla Earhart

Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr. 158 pages
There was more to Martin Luther King, Jr. than as the leading representative of the early 1960s Civil Rights Movement. He was a Baptist preacher first and foremost. And here we have a collection of his sermons, some written while he was jailed.
This is the third of the five books King collected/wrote before his tragic assassination in 1968. They were composed during the years 1955-1963. It’s also one of his most requested works.
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Nancy Galassini
Reading this book had me wishing that MLK were still alive. He should have Obama's ear. MLK understood life, being a Christian, racism and how to mend wounds. He was so very good at asking the tough questions in love.
john nielsen boyack
Feb 02, 2014 john nielsen boyack rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Humans
Recommended to john nielsen by: Mom

"How often the church as been an echo rather than a voice, a taillight behind the Supreme Court and other secular agencies, rather than a headlight guiding men progressively and decisively to higher levels of understanding." - p. 105

This reading, I discovered greater depth in Dr. King's critiques of the church, his call for progressive understanding and thinking embedded in the positive advancements to mankind contributed by science, and reveled once more in his tireless faith in the
Katie Dreyer
One of the most moving, inspirational books I have ever read. In general, people know surprisingly little about Martin Luther King Jr. Everyone knows he was a civil rights leader, but not everyone knows he was a baptist minister. And in this book, which is after all a collection of sermons, it is King the minister who speaks to us. His message of suffering, love, and compassion ('excessive altruism') is beautiful and thought-provoking. I am continually amazed by King's capacity to see good in pe ...more
Lynn Crothers
One of my favorite passages:

"The meaning of love is not to be confused with some sentimental outpouring. Love is something much deeper than emotional bosh. Perhaps the Greek language can clear our confusion at this point. In the Greek New Testament are three words for love. The word EROS is a sort of aesthetic or romantic love. In the Platonic dialogues eros is a yearning of the soul for the realm of the divine. The second word is PHILIA, a reciprocal love and the intimate affection and friendsh
Lacy Cox
Lacy Cox
APA Citation: King, M. L. (2010). Strength to love. Cleaveland, OH: Fotress Press, Gift Ed.
Reference: Biography
Call Number: Ref 834 Kin
Relevance & Relationship: Cost $20.00, but can be found at a better price. Our high school has many diverse history classes including a History of African American Culture. This book would be a great addition for a U.S. History class. This is not a duplicate and there are no other reference books about MLK Jr.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to de
Bryant Cornett
Nov 10, 2013 Bryant Cornett rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers, fighters, jokers, midnight tokers
Recommended to Bryant by: http://christianleadershipconcepts.or...
I've been reading this book for a while, and fixin' to read it for even longer.

It is the last book in my CLC curriculum and I just never found the time to read it then, but I'm glad that I did here.

Like the last book I reviewed, The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida, it matters who you are. Without the context of who Dr. King was and what Dr. King did, I would have quit reading fifty pages in.

If written by another author, I couldn't excuse
Jackie Lee
I read this in high school (pretty insane for a public high school, right?), and remembered really enjoying it. It started off strong, I really liked the sermon about the Good Samaritan - how he really went out of his way by probably putting his own life in danger, about how he went above and beyond by using his own donkey and paying for all his bills at an inn. Dr. King wrote, "Man-made laws assure justice, but a higher law produces love. No code of conduct ever persuaded a father to love his c ...more
I'd heard this King guy was good, but I had no idea. Seriously, I had read "I have a Dream" and "Letter from Birmingham Jail," but I wasn't still blown away by this. It's a collection of 14 sermons (which he revised for a written format) and an essay. I'm not sure what surprised me most. The range of his allusions and quotations is larger than I would have guessed for sermons. He quotes poets from Shakespeare to Tennyson to Dunbar and philosophers from Plato to Schopenhauer(!). I probably should ...more
Excellent book! I don't agree with MLK's views on social reform but he does an amazing job of telling the importance of love when faced with conflict. You can feel his love of God and how we as Christians should go about living our life. This book was written during the fall of segregation but so much can be related to what our country is facing today. Truly miss his presence today. I think so much is lost today about who MLK was and what he did and stood for the the 60's. I can honestly say I d ...more
Rebecca Vincent
Powerful and thought-provoking read. MLK Jr. admits in the beginning that this was not a collection he wanted to do since these are sermons and therefore meant to be listened to and not read necessarily; however, the collection reads well and still carries a challenging message for today.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. This book is prophetic, beautiful, and poetically eloquent. Any given chapter has the capacity to stir up something in your soul, every chapter will demand your contemplation. This book is a life changer. King is monumentally underrated as a writer, thinker, and as a Christian apologist. He has become a symbol of racial justice but people just don't know the magnitude of his intellect and his ideas of what our planet could look like. He is prophetic not on ...more
StL is King at his best in a format not well suited to him, as he indicates in his preface. What we know of King we mostly know from his March on Washington or perhaps from excerpts of his Holt Street Address. These sermons are the backbone of his early and middle career and also deserve attention, since they explain how walks the fine line between liberal complacency and militant extremism. The shadow of Black Power and the dread of an early death haven't crept into his thinking yet, and it is ...more
Laura Gable
This collection of sermons reveals King's prodigious Bible scholarship, airtight arguments, and eloquence. Many of the societal discoveries expressed here seem self-evident today.
This collection of (edited) sermons of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is worth reading and keeping on the shelf. He has a clear, intelligent style and provides some personal illustrations that describe how an unassuming preacher eventually found himself at the center of the Civil Rights Movement. For those of us who grew up after the Civil Rights Movement, it is a bit of a history lesson, but the lessons are still applicable today. Were I still teaching American Literature, I would assign the f ...more
This book is a collection of Dr. King's sermons about the power of love and nonviolence. Dr. King persuaded me that nonviolence is a powerful tool to achieve social change, justice, and reconciliation. His writing is extremely inspiring, and you can truly hear his intellectual intelligence as well as his intelligence of the heart through these sermons. I do still believe that he was on another level than most people. It takes real strength and a true connection to humanity and the divine (whatev ...more
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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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“One of the grat tragedies of life is that men seldom bridge the gulf between practice and profession, between doing and saying. A persistent schizophrenia leaves so many of us tragically divided against ourselves. On the one hand, we proudly profess certain sublime and noble principles, but on the other hand, we sadly practise the very antithesis of these principles. How often are our lives characterised by a high blood pressure of creeds and an anaemia of deeds! We talk eloquently about our commitment to the principles of Christianity, and yet our lives are saturated with the practices of paganism. We proclaim our devotion to democracy, but we sadly practise the very opposite of the democratic creed. We talk passionately about peace, and at the same time we assiduously prepare for war. We make our fervent pleas for the high road of justice, and then we tread unflinchingly the low road of injustice. This strange dichotomy, this agonising gulf between the ought and the is, represents the tragic theme of man's earthly pilgrimage.” 117 likes
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