Martin Luther King, Jr.: Spirit-led Prophet
"Richard Deat's biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. brings King's
spirit alive to a new generation. King's belief in the sanctity of life
and his spirit of love and compassion inspires us all and challenges each
new generation to begin again the quest for truth and justice."
"There has been a need for a long time for a concise, updated guide
focused on his spiritual life. In Martin Luther King, Jr.: Spirit-Led
Prophet, author Richard Deats has made a significant contribution to meeting
this need. He discusses with unique insight some of my husband's most
revealing, yet overlooked writings about his most deeply-felt values,
shedding new light on his religious and philosophical views.
"Richard Deats presents a popular and inspiring biography of one
called 'The Spirit-Led Prophet.' The life of Martin Luther King, Jr. comes
alive as the story of the civil rights movement unfolds. Dr. King's unwavering
commitment to non-violence highlights a life dedicated to peace through
works of justice."
"Here we find the real Martin King-peacemaker, practitioner of nonviolence,
voice for justice, follower of the trouble making Jesus, a true 'Spirit-led
Prophet.' Richard Deats' inspiring biography summons us to take up where
King left off-to denounce war, racism, poverty and nuclear weapons; to
announce the way of nonviolence, disarmament and justice for the poor
and to become Spirit-led prophets for a new century."
"This book introduces a whole new generation to the man behind the
legend, and will reinspire an older generation with a call to courage
and commitment. Deats' draws the reader right into his story, writing
with both simplicity and profundity. Young folks and old, educated or
not, can find in these pages a challenge to continue King's great work
and extend it into new areas of concern."
"If I could choose only one book about the life and thought of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., this would be it."
"Both young and old will see this book as a fast moving, easily
understood story of one of the great leaders of the 20th century who challenged
the country, and indeed the world, to a better way with the goal of ridding
the world of poverty, racism and militarism."
At the place where Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, there is a simple plaque with an inscription from the story in the Bible where Joseph's brothers plot to get rid of him:
Here comes the dreamer. Come now, let us kill him...and we shall see what will become of his dreams.(Genesis 37:19-20)
Dr. King was killed at the age of thirty-nine, his ministry cut short
after only a few brief years. Those who cheered when he died--and there
were many--thought he had finally been silenced. but the dream of the
promised land has been placed in the human heart for all eternity, and
that dream cannot be killed. As Vincent Harding, African-American professor
of religion and social transformation at Iliff School of Theology, has
written, "King lives...we saw him facing the tanks in Tienanmen Square,
dancing on the crumbling wall of Berlin , singing in Prague, alive in
the glistening eyes of Nelson Mandela...he lives within us, right here,
wherever his message is expanded and carried out in our daily lives, wherever
his unfinished battles are taken up by our hands.:
Black Knight of the nonviolent God, your stars still burn brightly in the night and our way is illumined.
Available from the FOR (Fellowship of Reconciliation) bookstore.