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A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Warner Books, in conjunction with Intellectual Properties Management, Inc., presents an extraordinary collection of sermons by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.-many never before published-along with introductions an documentary of the world's leading ministers & theologians. ...more
Audio CD, 8 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1998)
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Ope Bukola
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As I read “A Knock at Midnight,” a collection of Dr. King’s sermons,I felt as if he was speaking to us now in 2017, and not in the 1950s and 1960s. Dr. King was a preacher first and foremost, but he actively engaged with the social issues of his time: Jim Crow, racism, poverty, Vietnam war. America and the world was experiencing deep upheaval when Dr. King preached these sermons, and he didn’t shy away from speaking to the social issues of his time with a gospel lens.

The things people of King’s
Aaron S
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Love is the only way!" ...more
Michael P.
Sep 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Dr. King was a profound thinker except when it came to religion. I should out myself as one of the formerly religious who has little tolerance for dogma. Do not give me claims based on faith. I want facts and when facts do not exist to support a conclusion, give me the logic that does.

This book prints sermons, note, SERMONS, from throughout Dr. King’s too short career. As the afterword says, one can see his religious beliefs evolve, or I think I can, because god references become fewer, King use
Jan 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
What a shame to lose such a smart man. Dr. King was able to take really deep concepts and make them accessable (not a 2nd grade word -- not sure of the spelling). Nevertheless, this is not a book to read in one sitting. I had to stop after each sermon and think about what he was saying, and how it applies to today and to my life. I read this book, not listened to the audio version. It would be awesome to listen to the recorded versions from which the trascripts were made.
The one drawback of the
Oct 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a CD of some sermons. Makes you think about just how great of a preacher he was in addition to the popular speeches. Interesting to listen to how most of the issues he is speaking on are just as relevant today.
Jun 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
perhaps one of the best purchases i've ever made -- need to get the CD version (i have audio). if anyone needs proof that mlk jr. was prophetic, listen. ...more
Galyn Bunnell
King was truly an amazing man with a heart that has so much to teach. His politcally and spiritually relevant messages of his time are applicable today.
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great book. This is not a book to read in one sitting. I had to stop after each sermon and think about what he was saying, and how it applies to today and to my life.
Bill Johnson
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
I have read this collection of sermons each year since my senior seminar course at Christian Theological Seminary with Dr. Rufus Burrows, Jr.
Roger Bailey
Thiswas really hard to rate for me. On one hand I admire MLK. I admire him for his accomplishments. I admire him for the cause for which he fought. I admire him as a leader. I admire him in any number of ways and I wanted to give this collection of speeches five stars because of my admiration for MLK. On the other hand, these speeches are not just speeches. They are sermons and sermons promote religion. When someone pushes religion on me I feel like my intelligence is being insulted. I consider ...more
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
I wanted to know specifically how Pastor King spoke to a divided and bruised church, specifically to believers, at a time when society at large was navigating a years-long brutal justice movement, an unjust war abroad, poverty domestically and elsewhere, gluttony of wealth and comforts in contrast, an apathetic or divided church, a time of 'revolutions' or 'midnight' as he called it. It's different reading Dr. MLK vs. hearing (found myself missing hearing his oration..), but the collection still ...more
Revrend Sunshine
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
An excellent collection of Dr. King's sermons and in his own words from his own mouth! awesome! This book does not hurt in any way his activism it does in some major ways undermine his position in modern history. I mean to say that he shows that unlike the nearly deified figure we all learned about in history class, or the moral saint that we have been always shown of Dr. King is not so true as just another flawed human with his own vices and his own shortcomings. The major of which is true for ...more
James Klagge
A collection of MLK sermons. They are good, but not as striking as the sermons collected in Strength To Love. Even though those were given before 1963, and these have several after that year (and 4 are common to the 2 books), the earlier sermons have a freshness (and, amazingly, a timeliness for now) that seems more lacking in these. Also, King used chunks of rhetoric over and over, and that repetition becomes evident in these sermons. It is not surprising, since he became so much busier in his ...more
Luke Soto
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
this was a man who called christains to live out the faith of true Christianity. here was a man who was willing to call us out on our passive allowance on injustice to the poor class as well as the racial divide of the times.

this is a great book that helps us to remember what it was to live in the tension of unjustice and unfair abuse and the hypocrisy of the church.

this was a man who called the chritians to arms and to demand action when the time was right. This was a man who taught us we have
Charlie Adkins
MLK sermons to understand MLK

In these sermons Martin Luther King, Jr reveals a man who loved the Church, was dedicated to its mission and learned to love ALL of man from the shepherding of Christ in his life. He understood the importance, the imperative, to all creation that evil be resisted peacefully. Trusting and patiently waiting on justice from God, he knew the vision God had given him on the mountain top, the promised land of peace, might not be his to visit but tried to point it out to al
Yusur A
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Collection of sermons that MLK gave throughout the years of the civil rights movement. The topics often mentioned include the Vietnam war, poverty, morality, and civil rights. “Knock at midnight,” “American Dream,” and “Drum Major Instinct” were a favorite and throughly thought-provoking.

I was surprised with how MLK incorporated psychology, sociology and even economics into his sermons. It made the sermons feel more modern and intellectual.
Dana Waldrop
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So many quotes from Dr. King are thrown and tossed about, but I have never actually read or heard from the beginning any of his sermons. I loved reading these printed versions of some of his sermons. I could actually hear the cadence in my head as I read through some beautifully put together thoughts. It was also amazing to read in several of his sermons his thoughts on his death...which he didn't know would come so quickly. ...more
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of recordings of Martin Luther King’s sermons brought me into a Baptist Church, with a Baptist minister. It is a privilege to hear s voice that changed the world.
Each sermon is introduced by a leader in their own right who describe the sermon and put it in context.
Dr. King was 100% Baptist minister and 100% radical thinker.
Just wow!
Also, reading Ibram Kendo’s Stamped from the Beginning adds a mile of depth to these.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great collection of sermons from Dr. King. His interpretation of the Bible is so inspiring and gives me hope. I love how Dr. King is able to deduce truths about how the world operates in the spiritual realm. Reading one of Dr. King's sermons is a great way to start your morning or end your night. ...more
Kenneth L.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The words of Dr. King ring just as true today as they were when he delivered them from the pulpits of churches in the 50s and 60s. The message is just as applicable today in all matters education, social justice, and peace. I encourage any reader to find the audio of these speeches on YouTube and follow along with the printed words.
Many remember the few lines of Dr. King's 'I have a dream' speech but for those wanting to hear more, this is a good place to start. It's one thing to read the words it's another to listen and receive the message of love. ...more
Joe Hall
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every Black Home Must Have A King Collection
This Is One Of The Books That Should Reside There
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These sermons have been, and will continue to be, a balm to my soul. Dr. King's words are as timely today as they were the day they were spoken. ...more
Michael Olson
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: civil-rights
Only get audiobook version. Listen to the man preach rather than read a transcript!
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Should be read by all, whether religious or secular.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a necessity collection to read/listen to in these times. The sermon on the Good Samaritan was especially meaningful to me. And "Remaining Awake During a Great Revolution" is so timely it feels like it was written yesterday! ...more
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes enigmatic figures in history become lost in a mythology that does not resemble reality but rather serves someone else's agenda. That's why I like to go back to what these figures actually said and wrote themselves.

That's what led me to this book, a compilation of some of Martin Luther King Jr's sermons. MLK is best known as a leader of the civil rights movement, but he was first and foremost a Christian preacher. These sermons make that fact plainly manifest.

MLK preached in the 1950s a
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First comment on the audio: of course they are poor quality. They were recorded with old equipment in the 60s. I get that. I just mention the poor quality because it does make it hard to listen to when there are other noises--like road noise when driving, or environment noise when out for a walk.

Two things make this worth the listen: hearing MLK's voice and message and the introductions for each sermon, each intro by a different person. I so appreciated understanding the context of the sermon o
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
I heard a snippet of a MLK, Jr sermon on NPR one day and it literally stopped me in my tracks. It was about the temptation of moral relativism. He spoke about a Universe that has moral laws as irrevocable as its physical laws. We know better than to jump off a brigde: gravity will claim our fate. But why don't we know better than to break moral laws? Fascinating perspective. I don't love all his sermons, but I've come to believe that he was called to lead the people who looked to him, through a ...more
Garnett Whitmire III
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Introductions and Sermonic presentations were the directive of this book. MLK, Jr's passion was to speak of non-violence and love. The greatest of these is "Love". This book gave insight of what truly was upon the great patriarch of the American Equality Society. ...more
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Clayborne Carson is professor of history at Stanford University, and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute. Since 1985 he has directed the Martin Luther King Papers Project, a long-term project to edit and publish the papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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