My bookclub read this book in August. The initial excitement was that we would read about a person that had mentored or served as a role model to both Ghandi and Martin Luther King. With all the acrimony of the current political season, it was thought that the book would provide an uplifting message. However, the book was more about "and then I did this, and then I did that". The bookclub selector apologized to the group for the selection. The reader has to have a real knowledge of the history of the period of his life and times, because you have to fill in so many gaps to have full context. It was a tedious read and more than half of the folks did not finish, two chose not to read the book at all. The two people that did enjoy the book had religions upbringings, although they are not practicing today. Three people from communities of color were angered by the book. They felt that Thurman assumed the role of apologist. Having said all this, the bookclub discussion was robust...
This bok exposed me to new ways of understanding Christianity. Thurman is the most intelligent Christian that I have ever read or heard. When I read this book I tried to absorb his intelligence, his ability to comprehend the many levels and dimensions of the human heart, freedom of the darker race which in turn would liberate the Caucasians. Reading his words filled in the gap of my quest for understanding and answers about love, Christianity, and how Christian belief has the ability to unify people, lead to trust, community, acceptance, and respect without fear.
Never having heard of Howard Thurman previously I was drawn to him after seeing a quote of his "When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with their flock, The work of Christmas begins: to find the lost, to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among brothers, to make music in the heart." On googling him I bought this book which is an account of a life lived against a background of recism and opporssion of Afro-Americans (negroes in his day). It is an inspiring book as we journey with him through a childhood where his grandmother (a former slave) raised him through to the journey to college and then academia before entering pastoral ministry at the first intentional multi-racial church estabished in USA. The trip to the Indian sub-continent was a watershed in his life as he met other dark skinned people fascinated at meeting a...
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