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

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  506 ratings  ·  104 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
David West
Aug 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
John Perkins is a man I'd like to know more about. This book only hints at his story. In this book, he argues for the idea that everyone should love one another with a love that flows from the love of Christ. This is the answer to racial tension and disunity.

Perkins had many good things to say and certainly has a great passion for the cause of racial reconciliation. But a few things concerned me in the book. His definitions of justice and conversion weren't Biblically nuanced and his ideas for h
Lee Hudson
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
As with Perkin’s earlier book, Let Justice Roll Down, which was written around 1976, this one (2017) addresses the need for authentic followers of Christ to live life in a less segregated way. The first book was more autobiographical, this one is more like a coach, pastor and/or teacher challenging and encouraging us to continue what he and many others have begun.

Book was written soon after racial violence in Ferguson, Missouri, Dallas, Texas and others, so very relevant to our experience today
Tim Kauffman
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found this book convicting, enlightening, encouraging, and hopeful all at once. Perkins' calls us to a ministry of reconciliation - including, but not limited to, racial reconciliation. You won't regret dreaming with him. Do yourself a favor and read this side by side with Brian Zahnd's "Beauty Will Save the World;" they complement each other beatifully. ...more
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.”
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.
Laurel Hicks
Wonderful man.
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
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
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
Briayna Cuffie
Not Everyone's Cup of Tea

This book came to me as a recommendation, as I read often about politics 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
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderfully written book by Dr Perkins. In this material, Dr Perkins takes you on a journey of how God lead him into his purpose: ministry of biblical reconciliation. My hope is that the people of God would truly repent and seek God’s heart for people. Excellent read.
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." ...more
Laurel A. Palmisano
Highly recommend this book. Here is a black man who can speak with love not rancor about Race in America. He offers a world of reason we can reach. He doesn’t hate me for the white privilege I accepted without even being aware. He reaches for my hand and leads me closer to a just and loving world.

I will read it again. I hope you do too.
Such a good book. Perkins personal history is so humbling. His ability to prophetically point people to the right path ahead is so helpful and encouraging. His dreaming makes you want to dream with him... and then get to work.
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
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 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
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
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Once in a while you read a book and go, Oh Wow! Not because it is great writing or what you think is a great wisdom, but because of the life of the person writing it. This is that kind of a book.

In the Civil Rights movement, there are people with the big names, and deservedly so. And then there are those who continue its work on a more personal level. John Perkins is one of those people. This book is a remembrance of a life well lived, but does not toot his own horn, but shows the wisdom learne
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
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Without intending to, I've somehow read several books in a row whose underlying message is love. This is one of the most beautiful explorations of love especially seen through the lense of racial reconciliation. John Perkins has endured much, given much and loved much. His words are timeless and so very important, especially in view of recent events. True social reform leading to equality in all areas still has a long way to go, but voices like John's give substantial guidance. I especially like ...more
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.

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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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