Strength to Love
by Martin Luther King Jr.
"If there is one book Martin Luther King, Jr. has written that people
consistently tell me has changed their lives, it is Strength to Love."
So wrote Coretta Scott King. She continued: "I believe it is because
this book best explains the central element of Martin Luther King, Jr.' s
philosophy of nonviolence: His belief in a divine, loving presence that
binds all life. That insight, luminously conveyed in this classic text,
here presented in a new and attractive edition, hints at the personal
transformation at the root of social justice: " By reaching into and
beyond ourselves and tapping the transcendent moral ethic of love, we
shall overcome these evils."
In these short meditative and
sermonic pieces, some of them composed in jails and all of them crafted
during the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights struggle, Dr. King
articulated and espoused in a deeply personal compelling way his
commitment to justice and to the intellectual, moral, and spiritual
conversion that makes his work as much a blueprint today for Christian
discipleship as it was then.
Individual readers, as well as
church groups and students will find in this work a challenging yet
energizing vision of God and redemptive love.