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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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May 01, 2009 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  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
May 18, 2011 Nick Klagge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
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
Jan 04, 2010 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 04, 2012 Efox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith
"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

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.
Mar 21, 2012 Will rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read
Two words: Read It.

Whether an agnostic, devout protestant, curious catholic or even aethist... this is the quintiessential compilation of sermons and speeches by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Read and discover why we celebrate this man. A visionary beyond words, yet it is through words that we understand the greatest realms of his imagination.

Im still an agnostic, but after reading I feel like ive finally discovered the power of "the word" and gained respect for a man of his time but who was o
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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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
Nov 21, 2014 Omar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
David Lasley
Jul 20, 2016 David Lasley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than just a window into the thoughts of an historical giant, this book was a breath of fresh air to my faith. His treatment of topics such as compassion, fear, and social action reminded me that Dr. King was first and foremost a pastor of the Christian faith. I wish I had read this sooner in life and highly recommend it.
Deedi Boland
I was expecting profound words on racism. What I was not expecting was a viewpoint on disarmament in the Cold War as well. It makes me sad that these words are still so politically relevant today, but at least these words do exist. Highly recommend, even if you are not Christian/religious.
Nathan Miller
Apr 07, 2014 Nathan Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 25, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 06, 2016 Trey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. it was very interesting and a lot of fun to read. the book was about Martin Luther Kings life. the book was about the struggle of African Americans to try and get more respect from whites and have equal rights. King would always have inspirational speeches to the African Americans and tell them "that One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right when the head is totally wrong" to try and give them hope. MLK was a non violent protester because he did not feel ...more
Oct 17, 2014 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 22, 2010 My Pseudonym rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Melissa Gerding
Sep 06, 2015 Melissa Gerding rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Evan Kostelka
Apr 18, 2016 Evan Kostelka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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?!
Jul 25, 2016 Abbey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr. King's words, so eloquently written and spoken, have shaped my worldview profoundly. This book gives readers a sweet taste of King's wisdom and creates in them a desire not only for more of his sermons, but for more of God's Truth. He sought to inspire a movement but his light is relevant for generations to come. King speaks humbly of the fear, despair and evil with which we are all familiar and informs, or perhaps reminds, readers that our God is able. Our God is a concerned Father. Our God ...more
Nov 13, 2015 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing! Martin Luther King Jr. is much deeper a man than people give him credit for. He was first a pastor, a theologian, before he was an Racial Activist. His dream was to advance the Kingdom of God through the equal rights of all people. Martin Luther King Jr. is on par with C.S. Lewis as a theologian who knew his time and was able to speak quite clear to times not yet passed. His words are timeless and perfectly, in several ways, describes our society today and into the future. ...more
john nielsen boyack
Feb 02, 2014 john nielsen boyack rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Apr 28, 2013 Katie Dreyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 really liked it  ·  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
Feb 27, 2008 Russ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 26, 2016 Raquel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-read
I always new Martin Luther King Jr. was a great speaker, but his writing is just as good, and it personalizes him even more. This collection of edited sermons and essays gave me the opportunity to get to know the author better as if I was sitting down with him and hearing his story. Theologically speaking, I loved his words on real biblical truths, and to hear his thoughts on philosophical ideas.

I read this book as a devotion, but I think it is a bit autobiographical in nature, and the historica
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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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