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A Gift of Love: Sermons from Strength to Love and Other Preachings (King Legacy) Paperback – 7 Jan 2013

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press; Revised edition (7 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807000639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807000632
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 971,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won't have any money to leave behind. I won't have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. . . . Yes, Jesus, I want to be on your right or your left side, not for any selfish reason. I want to be on your right or your left side, not in terms of some political kingdom or ambition. But I just want to be there in love and in justice and in truth and in commitment to others, so that we can make of this old world a new world."
--From "The Drum Major Instinct"
"But be ye assured that we will wear you down by our capacity to suffer. One day we shall win freedom, but not only for ourselves. We shall so appeal to your heart and conscience that we shall win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory."
--From "Loving Your Enemies"

If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won t have any money to leave behind. I won t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. . . . Yes, Jesus, I want to be on your right or your left side, not for any selfish reason. I want to be on your right or your left side, not in terms of some political kingdom or ambition. But I just want to be there in love and in justice and in truth and in commitment to others, so that we can make of this old world a new world.
From The Drum Major Instinct
But be ye assured that we will wear you down by our capacity to suffer. One day we shall win freedom, but not only for ourselves. We shall so appeal to your heart and conscience that we shall win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory.
From Loving Your Enemies "

About the Author

Minister, civil rights leader, intellectual, social reformer, and author-Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Prize for peace in 1964. He was a leading spokesman for African Americans in the civil rights movement. He was ordained and appointed as an assistant pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. He preached love, equality and nonviolence. In 1963, he led a march in Washington and gave his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. His works include: Stride Toward Freedom (1958), Strength to Love (1963), Why We Can't Wait (1964).


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An excellent book with inspiration and humanity portraying fundamental truths through his eloquence and relationship with God.
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Good read very inspirational what a man!
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HASH(0x8fd27aec) out of 5 stars This is a wonderful resource book. 30 Jan. 2013
By E. D. Hance - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read this book twice now. I admire Dr. King. The sermons were so good that I read one per day and then took the time to ponder it. I used the book like a daily devotional. Each sermon is very well written. I am so impressed with Dr. King's understanding of history and man's faults and the teachings of the Bible. You can feel his heart and soul as you read his words. I highly recommend this book.
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HASH(0x90d159d8) out of 5 stars A reminder of the faith that directed King's life 16 Mar. 2013
By demerson19 - Published on Amazon.com
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Martin Luther King, Jr is well known for so many reasons. A civil rights leader, great orator, great Christian, great pacifist. It is no surprise to find all those elements in "A Gift of Love: Sermons from 'Strength to Love' and Other Preachings." As sermons, they are rooted in the Christian faith. But his call for civil rights, his call for a non-violent struggle, are prominent throughout. King was a preacher of the moment, responding to the needs of his congregation and beyond through the lens of his faith. And his strong oration style can be heard even in reading the sermons, as he brings home his points with a cadence which cannot be missed.

The weaknesses in the sermons are more a matter of their context rather than their thinking. Some of them slip toward self-help language, but they reflect the growing awareness of psychology in one's thinking. Some of the world political issues are now a moot point, and some of what he sought we have reached.

But that our world has not reached the racial integration he sought is clear, and shameful, 50 years after some of these sermons were preached. What does come through in reading these sermons is King's faith. He was a Christian, and he interprets what he sees through those eyes. These sermons will not allow him to become a secular hero. The civil rights movement was an expression of his Christian faith. His pacifist viewpoint, which was strengthened by the example of Gandhi, was rooted in his Christian faith.

I will not attempt a break down of each sermon. I read this over a long period and was more interested in their impact on my own faith than that of a book review. His sermon, "Antidotes for Fear," was given to me by a doctor treating my son, who has been battling cancer for over two years. He is not likely to survive another year, and King's words spoke to my condition. What stronger testament is there to one's power as a writer or thinker that 50 years later, they still reach people where needed.
HASH(0x913cc348) out of 5 stars Encounter the Pastoral and Personal KIng 5 Jan. 2015
By Dennis R. Koehn - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is largely a reprinting of the 1963 book of sermons, "Strength to Love," which gives important insights into the pastoral concerns of Martin Luther King, Jr. Unfortunately, the editors deleted a sermon on King's critique of Communism and Capitalism, which is still relevant in the early 21st century. But this important sermon is made available online. These sermons give a closer feel of King the pastor and shepherd of a local congregation, and perhaps give us a deeper feel for King's inner thinking, complementing public persona of his speeches and writings directed toward a national audience.
HASH(0x9047c1b0) out of 5 stars Powerful! 11 Jun. 2013
By S. Harrington - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. was an amazing man. His writings have the power to move and motivate you in such a way that you come away changed. He had a heart for all people and was concerned about the disadvantaged regardless of race or ethnicity. He was a gifted writer and speaker. This book is inspiring and I gave a copy to a friend of mine for Christmas last year and he was blown away. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to hear Dr. King's heart and be touched deeply in your spirit.
HASH(0x905915e8) out of 5 stars ... must remind ourselves that before Reverend King was the great civil rights leader he is remembered as 10 Mar. 2015
By David M Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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We must remind ourselves that before Reverend King was the great civil rights leader he is remembered as, he was a Baptist preacher, who became compelled by his religious beliefs to become a champion for human rights. This is eloquently captured in the sermons featured in this collection.
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