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Revives My Soul Again: The Spirituality of Martin Luther King Jr.

Author: 
Lewis V. Baldwin (Editor) Victor Anderson (Editor)
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MLK and the Practice of Spirituality

The scholarship on Martin Luther King Jr. is seriously lacking in terms of richly nuanced and revelatory treatments of his spirituality and spiritual life. This book addresses this neglect by focusing on King's life as a paradigm of a deep, vital, engaging, balanced, and contagious spirituality. It shows that the essence of the person King was lies in the quality of his own spiritual journey and how that translated into not only a personal devotional life of prayer, meditation, and fasting but also a public ministry that involved the uplift and empowerment of humanity. Much attention is devoted to King's spiritual leadership, to his sense of the civil rights movement as "a spiritual movement," and to his efforts to rescue humanity from what he termed a perpetual "death of the spirit." Readers encounter a figure who took seriously the personal, interpersonal, and sociopolitical aspects of the Christian faith, thereby figuring prominently in recasting the very definition of spirituality in his time. King's "holistic spirituality" is presented here with a clarity and power fresh for our own generation.

ISBN: 
9781506424705
Price: 
$29.00
ISBN: 
9781506424712
Price: 
$26.99
Release date: 
November 1, 2018
Pages: 
260
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

Endorsements

Books on King flow like a current, but Revives My Soul Again will fundamentally turn the current in a new direction

“This collection of essays, written by some of America’s most important religious scholars, capture the spirituality of Martin Luther King Jr. in ways that no other text written on King has been able to do. To have this cloud of brilliant witnesses showing us the continuing significance of King’s spirituality is not only an intellectual feast, but an unprecedented event. Books on King flow like a current, but Revives My Soul Again will fundamentally turn the current in a new direction.”

Willie Jennings | Yale Divinity School

One of the most useful books published on King’s life, thought, and legacy in the last decade

“A collection of great richness and insight, these essays both awaken new perspectives on the sources of Martin Luther King Jr.’s ministry and glean wisdom for the challenges of the present age. Revives My Soul Again is indispensable for scholars of race, religion, and American history, and for all who care about building the beloved community, and it is one of the most useful books published on King’s life, thought, and legacy in the last decade.”

Charles Marsh | University of Virginia

Revives My Soul Again is a ‘lifeline’ in these challenging and critical domestic and global times. 

Revives My Soul Again is a ‘lifeline’ in these challenging and critical domestic and global times. The authors tell the story of the power of Martin Luther King Jr.’s prophetic-spiritual legacy in inspirational and soul stirring ways and remind us that this legacy is the solid ground on which we must stand today. Stay alert is the resounding message of this new and exciting book.”

Jewelnel Davis | Columbia University, New York

This book is a gift to all who view King as a living resource for love and justice

“From the Montgomery bus boycott up to the time an assassin’s bullet ended his life, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Christian commitment and spiritual intelligence animated his public witness. Revives My Soul Again resuscitates this often overlooked dimension of King’s moral framework, while demonstrating how his open, engaging, and inclusive spirituality might still inform us today. This book is a gift to all who view King as a living resource for love and justice.”

Jonathan L. Walton | Harvard University

This book expands the conversation about spirituality as an important category in discussions about the role of faith traditions in sponsoring democratic vitalities. A must read!

Revives My Soul Again offers fresh insight into a monumental religious and political figure who needs to be heard anew in our tenuous political moment. It highlights the relationship between Martin Luther King Jr.’s personal spirituality and how that spirituality fueled his work for justice. This book also expands the conversation about spirituality as an important category in discussions about the role of faith traditions in sponsoring democratic vitalities. A must read!”

Keri Day | Princeton Theological Seminary

A brilliant collection of penetrating essays

“Martin Luther King Jr. was a transformative force, but we know little of the deep personal forces that compelled him to struggle in the rugged valley to move humanity to the Mountain Top of equality and peace. Revives My Soul Again is a brilliant collection of penetrating essays dedicated to revealing those complex and mysterious forces. This volume demonstrates that if we wish to know King’s ultimate power, we must understand and grapple with his spirituality.”        

Aldon Morris | Northwestern University