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Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  328 ratings  ·  71 reviews
According to recent surveys and studies, race relations in the United States are the worst they've been since the 1990s, and many would argue that life for most minorities has not significantly improved since the civil rights era of the 1960s. For so many, the dream of true equality has dissolved into a reality of prejudice, fear, and violence as a way of life.

John M. Perk
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Baker Books
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Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Baker Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Review to follow.
Darlene Nichols
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This book tops my list of favorite books for the year. The wisdom and perspective John M. Perkins humbly shares with his readers is truly inspiring, especially in light of recent events taking place in our country. I’ve read plenty of books on racial reconciliation from different perspectives and many have left me feeling hopeless. This book gave me a refreshed view of reconciliation through the lense of the gospel. That’s the answer. That’s our hope. Christians are called to love. Loving others ...more
Laura (Book Scrounger)
I had never heard of John Perkins until my husband read a book of his last year, and recommended it to me: With Justice for All: A Strategy for Community Development. It contained a bit of his general life story, but focused on his work on community development in Mississippi. His vision for Christian reconciliation and community development was strong and compelling — I could hear his devotion and determination in his words. But I found myself thinking “This book was written thirty years ago. W ...more
Elisha Lawrence
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr. John M Perkins is quickly becoming a mentor for me. This is my second book of his that I've read. I heard him speak at the MLK Conference and heard his story through "The Way of the Dragon The Way of the Lamb". I love him because he engages me on so many levels and passions. First, he shows the beauty of Christ in his work and writings. He understands the gospel and its implications. When he talks about love, he talks from years of experience. His motivation isn't to show the world how much ...more
Laura LeAnn
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is Perkins' look back on the lessons he's learned over the course of his life and ministry. It is helpful to have some background about Perkins' life as there are some tidbits of that story throughout this book, but that is not the intent of this book. A quick, easy read, there are lots of good words in this book about the approach to ministry he has used and the things we as human beings can be doing to help others. When it all comes back to love and God's love for humans, if we have that ...more
Milan Homola
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Perkins is one of my heroes of the faith. Have met him a few times and listened to many different talks: small classrooms and large conferences. It was always the same John Perkins. These two chapter are worth the price of admission alone. Chapter 3: Poor Whites and Chapter 11: Power of Forgiveness
“Love. No matter where I start, I always end up here.”
Brian White
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. I appreciate how John Perkins deals with hard truths with love and hope.
Yvonne Reynolds
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Love was always God’s motivation, which is why it must be ours as well.”

“When God’s involves, everything can change in an instant.”

“True justice isn’t something we will see until the kingdom of God comes in its fullness.”
Laurel Hicks
Wonderful man.
Paul C.
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Never having heard of the John M. Perkins, 'Dream With Me' served as a great introduction to someone I now consider a true American hero. Containing stories of the hardship he and others experienced before and during (as well as after) the Civil Rights era, the book at hand deals with the past and present racial tension of America, all the while maintaining a gentle tone. At times being brought to tears and at times laughing at the author’s wit and charisma, I recommend Dream With Me for the fol ...more
Jeremiah Nichols
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Coming at the end of his life in the midst of another tumultuous age in America, John M. Perkins' Dream With Me points whites and blacks alike to a better way forward. An American prophet has spoken - maybe his last written words; his people need to listen.

Book in a Nutshell: Part biography, part memoir, part theology, and part instruction, Dream With Me conveys renowned civil rights activist, Christian thinker, and preacher John Perkins' "climactic message": justice and love. The 86 year-old wa
Adam Shields
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short Review: I have read just about everything that Perkins has written. This is a good addition to what he has previously written, although he also hits a number of themes he is known for as well.

This should be thought of as near end of life thoughts from an elder, similar to John Stott's Radical Disciple or Jimmy Carter's A Full Life: Reflections at 90. There isn't a lot of autobiography here, if you don't know his story already, I would read either his memoir Let Justice Roll Down or his bi
Clint Williams
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Quite possibly one of the most profound, thought-provoking books I've ever read. Sadly I learned about this man – John M. Perkins – only in the last few years, through a @switchfoot song, actually. I wish I'd have learned about him decades ago. His approach to race, reconciliation, relocation, community and Christianity has challenged me to my very core. I will not easily forget the words in this book. Truly, "love is the final fight."
Robert D. Cornwall
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've known about John Perkins at least since seminary days in Pasadena during the 1980s. Perkins was living and working in Pasadena at the time and fellow students were involved with his Voice of Calvary ministry. While I knew a little about him and the ministry, it wasn't until I read Dream with Me that I truly put things together.

John Perkins reminds us that social justice and liberal theology don't necessarily go together. Theologically Perkins is conservative, and yet his own ministry of rec
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Dr. Martin Luther King jr
Recommended to Michelle by: Baker Books
Shelves: baker-books, memoir
`Dream With Me` is a memoir of, and written by, author John M. Perkins. John Perkins dreams of the day we win the struggles against race and love. Where African Americans and whites are living in peace with each other. His hopes are that his book will change the way Americans think. I was glad to see the forward written by an author I am familiar with, Randy Alcorn.

John Perkins spoke out for voter registration, enrolled his son in an all-white high school, and was beaten and tortured for his b
Edward Arrington
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I heard about this new book by John Perkins, I knew I wanted to read it. I was not disappointed as he shared about his activities through the years and his dreams for the future. As he wrote about reconciliation in the true sense of the word, my heart responded. He stated that reconciliation is not about race but about being fully reconciled to God. As we seek to reconcile with God and allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through us, we are reconciled with His people, the human race. ...more
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In a day and age where racial division seems to be increasing we could all benefit from the wisdom and insight John Perkins provides in Dream With Me.

In this work John Perkins tells the story of his life and work in racial reconciliation. Perkins faithfully paints a picture of where things were in regards to racial relationships. Perkins life was one of seeking reconciliation across race boundaries. Reading Perkins recollections brings one truth to light, the good old days never were. What one s
Karen Storey
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on racial reconciliation, the gospel, faith, love, and what REAL community looks like. Dr. John Perkins and his wife Vera Mae have been on the frontlines of racial reconciliation for most of their lives and truly live out what they teach. There is much wisdom, inspiration and heart in this book, and Dr. Perkins has a true gift in his understanding of the gospel and his ability to share it in a beautiful way, leaving you wanting more. I would love to hear his sermons and hope to fi ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book is like sitting across the table from John Perkins for a frank talk on how our society and the church are doing, regarding love and reconciliation. He has a deep, long term perspective from the Bible and from the trenches. He is unafraid to speak the truth and share his opinions. But it's never abrasive or arrogant. The bottom line is God's love and his tone demonstrates it on every page. Really makes me want to use my life to keep moving toward the reconciliation that God has ...more
Briayna Cuffie
Not Everyone's Cup of Tea

This book came to me as a recommendation, as I read often about politivs and racial/sicial justice. As someone who is not religious and who separated from Christianity long ago for various reasons, I found some bits of hypocrisy in the book. Because of the title (and even some of the summaries I read), I didn't anticipate the book to be so Jesus-focused; while John does do a great job of discussing how is faith shapes his racial justice activity, I was expecting somethin
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I truly appreciated John Perkin's approach to the problem. I can't imagine how anyone could disagree with him. He states the difficulties of the issues from various points of view but stays very clear on the call of the Christian to be committed to restoration. He comes across clearly as not being on a "side," and appears to be a voice that all respect.
That said,he made me cry at several points in the book, and I don't cry much.
My only critique is that his approach is so gospel-centered that I c
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
John Perkins truly gives believers a much needed message about reconciliation through a gospel lens. I appreciate his wisdom in speaking on a topic that makes many Christians uncomfortable. His life notably bearing the scars from the injustice of systemic racism and also bears witness to the things he had to confess and repent for within those walls himself. The testimony he has as one reconciled first to God while also working towards reconciliation for all human beings is powerful.

One of my fa
Will Turner
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Postscript to John Perkins remarkable life

Dream with Me reads like a postscript on John Perkins remarkable life. In other ways it’s like a confession of sadness but also a confession of hope. Sadness because things are not the way they are supposed to be. But joyful hope because one day Jesus will make all things right. And it is a call for all of us who live in between the already and the not yet ( Perkins doesn’t use that language).

His focus is primarily on “race relations” and in particular
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
John Perkins' new book, 'Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle Me Must Win is a book that is a mix of autobiography, historical account, theology, and hope. It discusses the history and continual racial tension that divides the people of the United States and his dreams, hopes, and plans for a more integrated and peaceful harmony between all people that begins with the Christian church. While his book gives descriptive ways people of different races can overcome prejudices and why this is ...more
Michael Nichols
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has a conversational quality to it that puts you at ease, makes you listen closely, and refreshes you. John Perkins reflects on his experiences and shares his thoughts regarding his upbringing, his family and ministry, reconciliation, close friends, the church. It's like you're sitting on a front porch, soaking in the deep wisdom he has from a lifetime of discipleship, suffering, and listening to God. He tells brief asides, and let's you in on heartbreaking moments in his life, and off ...more
Rob and Liz
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was encouraged and challenged by this first hand account of a life lived fighting for racial reconciliation. Perkins argues convincingly for the critical importance of racial reconciliation in modern America, particularly for the church. He also discusses from his own experience the practical ways that racial reconciliation can be achieved. He summarizes these recommendations with 3 Rs: relocation, redistribution and reconciliation. My favorite quote was this one. “Justice is a stewardship iss ...more
Amy Tollison
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Perkins knows how to cast a vision. He did make me dream with him. After a couple of chapters, I thought, "Sounds great, but tell me how. Show me examples." Then he did. I think there is much more to know, but he speaks a great truth, "Love is the last fight." I think all believers should read this book. Perkins speaks to both sides of the divide with a message of repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Perkins models a concern for those is need and a pursuit of reconciliation that:
1: Keeps the Gospel of Jesus Christ always at the forefront
2: Translate into his taking up the call and working towards those concerns while bringing the Gospel

I was grateful for many of the thing he said in the chapter on forgiveness. There was a posture there of true forgiveness and also repentance (for all have sinned) that contrasts with a lot of other voices.
“Reconciliation is most successful when churches treat it not as a project or an event but as a way of life. It simply becomes the congregation’s commitment to evangelism and discipleship - it’s how they fulfill the Great Commission. Things only get fixed - truly fixed - when they are mended by God through faith. Often we have it backward, trying to fix things for God rather than letting God fix things through us.”
Mookie J
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Encouraging. Hopeful. Insightful.

Lot of good stories. Made me think, made me mourn.
Gives a good insight into our culture and issues facing black culture. A good history lesson. And calls us to reconciliation. The book is balanced. Reads like a biography and hits like training session. Gives glory to God, focuses on Reconcilation, Hope, Gospel. Highly recommended
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Dr. John M. Perkins is the founder and president emeritus of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation and cofounder of Christian Community Development Association. He has served in advisory roles under five U.S. presidents, is one of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the American civil rights movement, and is an author and international speaker on issues of reconciliation, leadership, ...more

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“You have to be a bit of a dreamer to imagine a world where love trumps hate--but I don't think being a dreamer is all that bad. Joel prophesied that God would "pour out [His] Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions" (Joel 2:28). I'm an old man, and this is one of my dreams: that my descendants will one day live in a land where people are quick to confess their wrongdoing and forgive the wrongdoing of others and are eager to build something beautiful together.” 6 likes
“Justice is a process, and change takes time, but I believe we ought to dream big dreams and make big statements as we pursue those dreams. Amos didn't tell the people that God wants justice to trickle through their society. The New Living Translation uses the phrase "mighty flood of justice" (Amos 5:24) to describe what God wants to see. One thing we learned in Mendenhall is that once flood waters start rushing through a place, there's no turning them back with human strength.” 4 likes
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