A Knock at Midnight: Great Sermons of Martin Luther King

A Knock at Midnight: Great Sermons of Martin Luther King


By (author) Jr. Martin Luther King, By (author) Peter Holloran, Edited by Clayborne Carson, Read by Jr. Martin Luther King

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  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Format: CD-Audio | 1 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 145mm x 25mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 4 May 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1594831009
  • ISBN 13: 9781594831003
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,223,559

Product description

Before I was a civil rights leader, I was a preacher of the gospel. This was my first calling and it still remains my greatest commitment.' Before Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream with the nation and the world, he was preaching it from the pulpit of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Known throughout the world as a leader and a visionary in the civil rights movement, Reverend King Jr. was first and foremost a preacher. With fiery words of hope, wisdom, and a passion for justice that resonate as much today as they did years ago, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., stirred the deepest convictions of listeners everywhere, inspiring them to extraordinary acts of courage and perseverance that ignited one of the most influential moments of the twentieth century. A KNOCK AT MIDNIGHT is the definitive collection of eleven of Dr. King's most powerful and spiritual sermons. These sermons are each introduced by a distinguished member of today's spiritual community, including Reverend Billy Graham and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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Author information

Clayborne Carson, holds a Ph.D. from UCLA and is the author and editor of several books on the civil rights struggle in the United States. In 1985, Dr Carson was chosen by the King family to direct the long-term project of editing and publishing the papers of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Clayborne Carson and contributing editor Peter Holloran both live in Palo Alto, California.

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It is almost as if he were preaching this sermon for us today, for it is as apt today as it ever was nearly thirty years ago. Spiritual truth...is always relevant Archbishop Desmond Tutu The vision, the dream of Dr. King was for eternity...We honour Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., by responding to the words of this preacher: avoiding the foolish, lifting our eyes, as he challenges us to do Reverend Billy Graham These 11 historic sermons make plain why Martin Luther King Jr considered his "first calling and greatest commitment" to be a preacher of the gospel. As an orator he is second to none. Using insights from psychology, philosophy and the Bible, he appeals to the heads as well as the hearts of his congregations, explaining that personal and social change can only be effected by adopting a morality of love in service of God and humankind. While King's concern for social justice is a common theme throughout, each sermon is a jewel of literary artistry, as it presents a simple problem, examines its complications and offers a startling and often challenging resolution. Topics range from "Rediscovering Lost Values", a caution that scientific progress without moral progress can result only in a step backward for humanity, to "An American Dream", a wake-up call to the "self-evident truth" of equality proclaimed in the Constitution. Brief introductions to the sermons from spiritual leaders and friends, including Dr Joan Campbell, Billy Graham, Dr Robert Franklin and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, offer personal insights into King's life, work and legacy. These are masterpieces of theologic AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW