Strength to Love

Strength to Love

by Martin Luther King Jr.

A collection of sermons by this martyred Black American leader which explains his convictions in terms of the conditions and problems of contemporary society.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Nonfiction
  • Rating: 4.60
  • Pages: 155
  • Publish Date: April 1st 1981 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing
  • Isbn10: 0800614410
  • Isbn13: 9780800614416

What People Think about "Strength to Love"

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. If you are one of those people who have only HEARD of MLK then you need to get this book, because there's a lot more you can learn about him than what you've heard.

Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior wrote that "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" in 1963. So I took King's words, Injustice ANYWHERE is a threat to Justice EVERYWHERE and I paired them with James Madison's words- We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. He says that Justice is what love looks like in public.

Every page seems to bear the best of the book's message. Dr. King also discusses the influence of Gandhi and the _satyagraha_ movement on his thinking and on the subsequent unfolding of the civil rights movement and Dr. King's later decision to take a stand against the war in Vietnam.

One intellectual concept that particularly stuck with me, which King actually attributes to someone else (Harry Emerson Fosdick, for those of you keeping score at home), is the distinction between enforceable and unenforceable obligations, which he discusses in the context of the story of the Good Samaritan.

Most importantly, the book shows King's thought, both on religious matters and on social activism. Of the books I have read by or about King, "Strength To Love" easily gives me the most understanding of King and what he was about. In common with many religiously-oriented thinkers, King views human life as a combination of the "eternal and the temporal". King talks a great deal about his reading and studies and about the views that influenced him. The final essay"Pilgrimage to Nonviolence" explores some of King's activism but it includes as well a great deal of information about King's intellectual growth. This volume taught me a great deal about King's religious and philosophical thinking and about his commitment to social justice using nonviolent methods. The book shows King at his best as a outstandingly gifted, thoughtful religious individual and African American minister.

He is able to provide an inner peace amid outer storms. A collection of Martin Luther King Jr.'s sermons, this book was amazing on many different levels.

One must read this book to understand that Martin Luther King Jr. is more than the historical figure who fought and won against racial injustice and whose tragic end marked an important page in history.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the pivotal leaders of the American civil rights movement. In 2004, King was posthumously awarded a Congressional Gold Medal.