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"Thou, Dear God"
is the first and only collection of sixty-eight prayers by Martin Luther King, Jr. Arranged thematically in six parts--with prayers for spiritual guidance, special occasions, times of adversity, times of trial, uncertain times, and social justice--Baptist minister and King scholar Lewis Baldwin introduces the book and each section with short essays. Included are both personal and public prayers King recited as a seminarian, graduate student, preacher, pastor, and, finally, civil rights leader, along with a special section that reveals the biblical sources that most inspired King. Collectively they illustrate how King turned to private prayer for his own spiritual fulfillment and to public prayer as a way to move, inspire, and reaffirm a quest for peace and social justice. With a foreword by Rev. Dr. Julius R. Scruggs, it is the perfect gift for people and leaders of all faiths, and an invaluable resource for spiritual individuals and those who lead worship.
The book includes a very rare, very limited use photo of Dr. King praying and gold foil stamping on the front cover, a frontispiece photo of the King family at prayer, a prayer ribbon, and elegant endpapers.
Throughout his life, The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. turned to prayer for his own spiritual fulfillment while also delivering prayers to the public as a way to inspire and reaffirm a quest for peace and social justice. Thou, Dear God is the first and only collection of prayers by Dr. King.
Arranged thematically for all seasons of life including prayers for spiritual guidance, special occasions, and times of adversity and trial each section is introduced by minister and scholar Lewis V. Baldwin. From private prayers King recited as a seminarian and graduate student to powerful public prayers he delivered as a preacher and civil rights leader, these prayers will prick the conscience, stimulate the intellect, and rekindle the spirit.
About the Author
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
(1929-1968), Nobel Peace Prize laureate and architect of the nonviolent civil rights movement, was among the twentieth century's most influential figures. One of the greatest orators in U.S. history, King is the author of several books, including Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, The Trumpet of Conscience, Why We Can't Wait, and Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? His speeches, sermons, and writings are inspirational and timeless. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.
Lewis V. Baldwin is professor of religious studies at Vanderbilt University and an ordained Baptist minister. An expert on black-church traditions, he is author of The Voice of Conscience: The Church in the Mind of Martin Luther King, Jr.; There Is a Balm in Gilead: The Cultural Roots of Martin Luther King, Jr.; and Never to Leave Us Alone: The Prayer Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Table of Contents
Foreword by The Reverend Dr. Julius R. Scruggs
Introduction by Lewis V. Baldwin
I. Prayers for Spiritual Guidance
II. Prayers for Special Occasions
III. Prayers in Times of Adversity
IV. Prayers for Strength in Times of Trial
V. Prayers for Uncertain Times
VI. Prayers for Social Justice
VII. Biblical Verses and Christian Sources That Inspired the Reverend Dr. King