Let My People Go with Martin Luther King Jr.

Overview


Captivating and inspirational, these 120 daily meditations challenge readers to remember the dream and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dare to dream. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired his generation with a dream and a promise. His unwavering vision of a more equitable, just society permanently changed the lives of millions around the world. One of the greatest men of the twentieth century, Dr. King’s faith, conviction, and strength continue to inspire us today. In 120 ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (21) from $1.99   
  • New (12) from $2.95   
  • Used (9) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 2
Showing 1 – 10 of 12 (2 pages)
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$2.95
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(195)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
New New Unread Softcover.

Ships from: Charleston, WV

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$4.50
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:

(34)

Condition: New
Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A. 2004 A Mass Market Paperback New Retired Professor Collection As New.

Ships from: whittaker, MI

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$5.99
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:

(447)

Condition: New
Brand new!NOT A USED BOOK OR PUBLISHERS RETURN. We are the direct wholesaler! Why not buy where the sellers buy from?

Ships from: West Columbia, TX

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$6.79
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(2)

Condition: New
NEW

Ships from: Johnstown, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
$9.99
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(68)

Condition: New

Ships from: Princeton, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
$10.73
Seller since 2011

Feedback rating:

(767)

Condition: New
PAPERBACK New 1576834239 Brand New SERVING OUR CUSTOMERS WITH BEST PRICES. FROM A COMPANY YOU TRUST, HUGE SELECTION. RELIABLE CUSTOMER SERVICE! ! HASSLE FREE RETURN POLICY, ... SATISFACTION GURANTEED**** Read more Show Less

Ships from: Philadelphia, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$10.73
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(294)

Condition: New
PAPERBACK New 1576834239 Brand New XCITING PRICES JUST FOR YOU. Ships within 24 hours. Best customer service. 100% money back return policy.

Ships from: Bensalem, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$10.73
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:

(961)

Condition: New
PAPERBACK New 1576834239 Brand New Friendly Return Policy. A+++ Customer Service!

Ships from: Philadelphia, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$10.73
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:

(722)

Condition: New
PAPERBACK New 1576834239 Brand New! ! ! ! BEST PRICES WITH A SERVICE YOU CAN RELY! ! !

Ships from: Philadelphia, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$10.73
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(440)

Condition: New
PAPERBACK New 1576834239 Brand New! ! KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! ! ENJOY OUR BEST PRICES! ! ! Ships Fast. All standard orders delivered within 5 to 12 business days.

Ships from: Southampton, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 2
Showing 1 – 10 of 12 (2 pages)
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview


Captivating and inspirational, these 120 daily meditations challenge readers to remember the dream and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dare to dream. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired his generation with a dream and a promise. His unwavering vision of a more equitable, just society permanently changed the lives of millions around the world. One of the greatest men of the twentieth century, Dr. King’s faith, conviction, and strength continue to inspire us today. In 120 daily readings, Charles Ringma encourages us to reflect on Dr. King’s powerful legacy. Find a moment each day to ponder his words and dare to dream. Tyndale House Publishers
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576834237
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.04 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Read an Excerpt

LET MY PEOPLE GO WITH Martin Luther King Jr.


By CHARLES RINGMA

PIÑON PRESS

Copyright © 2004 Charles Ringma
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1-57683-423-9


Chapter One

Introducing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the great figures of the twentieth century. His claim to fame arose from the outstanding leadership he provided for the civil rights movement in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. This movement sought to overcome the many forms of discrimination against African-Americans and sought to gain their full political and social rights.

Through his powerful and visionary oratory and his careful strategizing, including the adaptation of nonviolent resistance as formulated by Mahatma Gandhi, King was the key bearer of the hopes and aspirations of millions of African-Americans, who experienced a second-class citizenship in a land of democratic dreams.

For this outstanding work, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 1964. He was only thirty-five years of age. Less than four years later, on April 4, 1968, King was felled by a sniper's bullet while talking on the balcony of the second floor of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

In these final, all-too-brief few years, King had broadened his focus to include the poverty and housing issues of African-Americans living in the northern states and resistance to his country's involvement in the Vietnam War.

So what, you may ask, does this civil rights activist have to do with a meditational reader on Christian spirituality? The brief answer is, Everything.

King came from a lineage of Baptist preachers in America's South. At eighteen he was already licensed to preach in his father's church in Atlanta. Some seven years later, King was installed as pastor of Dexter Avenue Church in Montgomery. The following year he completed his Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston University. It was in Montgomery that King was elected as president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, which organized the bus boycott over segregated buses. This drew King into the fray of the civil rights movement.

Therefore King was both a preacher and a political activist. He was a Christian who held a theological vision that allowed him to be God's servant in both spheres of life-the ecclesiastical and the societal.

Committed to the biblical vision of love and justice, King was able to work and strategize to bring about social change while at the same time resisting the path of hatred and vengeance toward one's enemies.

So why then should one engage King in this meditational reader? Have things not radically changed in the United States, and do African-Americans not experience full equality? And if I am not all that concerned about social issues, will King have anything to say to me? Can I take King on a spiritual retreat and learn something from him?

Let me make some responses to these questions.

Yes, a lot has changed since the 1950s and 1960s in terms of political rights and freedoms. But there is much in our world that has not changed. Racism, discrimination, poverty, militarism, and injustice are still a part of our world.

In the face of the persistence of evil, it is easy to become fatalistic and to conclude, This is the way things are! One can also become passive: There is little use in trying to change anything! And it is equally tempting for Christians to become inward-looking and to embrace a world-denying, rather than a world-formative, type of Christianity.

King's writings and speeches point us in a very different direction. He points to a vision of the kingdom of God, which brings God's shalom to every sphere of life, including the racial and the economic. And in line with the Old Testament prophetic tradition and the ministry of Jesus, King calls us to engagement. We are not called to accept the way things are, but to pray and work so that God's kingdom of love and justice may more fully come among us.

Because racism, poverty, and injustice are still evident in our world, King's vision for social transformation remains an enduring one. And because his social activism came out of a theological vision, King's abiding contribution will be to remind us that following Christ has social and political implications. The love of Christ is a love that calls us into the public sphere.

King was a pastor and a preacher. Throughout his life he saw himself in these terms. And throughout his writings and speeches there sparkles the biblical vision of God's redemption, a spirituality of hope, the power of love and forgiveness, the courage to act, and the need to pray. One can gain much from the pastoral wisdom of this servant of the gospel.

In using this book as a meditational reader for daily prayer and reflection or for a time of retreat, there are some outstanding themes that one will encounter.

King's life demonstrates that God's purposes for our life are often far greater than we anticipate. Thus we are called to surrender ourselves to the way of God with our life in joyful obedience.

King's life and message show us that while the way of love-including love for one's enemies-appears to be the way of weakness, it is the way that over-comes. This is the way of Christ. It is the way of the Cross. It is also the way we are called to live.

One of King's abiding themes is that suffering for the cause of Christ's way of reconciliation and peace is never in vain. Suffering is redemptive. Fruit will come from those who give their lives in the service of Christ for the sake of their neighbor.

Finally, King's vision of life, while pragmatic, was fundamentally eschatological. His vision was not what is, but what can be. And this vision was as broad as the biblical hope for the renewal and restoration of all things. King saw a world where all could sit at the banquet table. Welcome for all. Dignity for all. Provision for all.

Let's hear King's words. In his famous "I Have a Dream" speech of 1963, he exclaimed, "I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia sons [and daughters] of former slaves and sons [and daughters] of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood [and sisterhood]." And in his last sermon in 1968, entitled "I See the Promised Land," King stated, "I would like to live a long life.... But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will."

This meditational reader invites you into the heart, passion, and praxis of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It also invites you into the biblical story and the theological vision that undergirded King's prophetic life and mission.

As such, this reflective reader invites you into a socially relevant spirituality, into the power to resist the world's agenda, into the courage to live and act prophetically, and into the passion to dream God's hope for our world and for the world to come.

Reflection 1

The Seeking God:

Knowing the God Who Seeks and Finds Us

The God of the Bible is not a remote autocrat who inhabits the heavens. God is the God of the Exodus, the prophets, the Incarnation. God is the God who enters history and takes the pain and folly of history upon himself to transform it into his shalom.

Fundamental to the human quest has been the search for transcendence, hope, and transformation. In an earlier world, that quest was primarily expressed in religious terms. In our modern world, the quest has taken on many forms in the shape of political ideologies, technology and scientism, and the hope of material progress.

In culture's most recent detour, the human quest has once again reverted to the exploration of more spiritual values. But, sadly, in the general community there is great ambivalence toward the God of the Bible and the project called Christianity. Because Christianity is seen as beholden to modernity and its values of rationality, power, and control, the God of the Bible is seen as oppressive at worst, and irrelevant at best. That the God of the Bible is very different is a vision that needs to be rediscovered.

While we may wish that this rediscovery could somehow occur apart from the church and the church's witness to the world (and there are times when this has occurred), this is far too cheap a hope. The God of the Bible has to be rediscovered deep within the community of faith. And from that new center, light shines in church and world. In other words, the church is responsible for how the world understands who God is.

Martin Luther King was convinced that the God of the Bible seeks us out. And that God penetrates the hardest and most difficult places. He writes that God "seeks us in dark places and suffers with us and for us in our tragic prodigality." These dark places are not only the places of sin and fear. They are also the places of conformity. They are the places where we are beholden to the seemingly innocent idols of our time. They are also the places of indifference.

The God of the Bible joins us to forgive and heal. But also to transform. And this transformation can only align us with God's purposes to renew humanity by his love and grace. When we rediscover the depth of the love of God, our witness to an indifferent world will be all the more telling.

Reflection: "My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes" (Job 42:5-6).

(Continues...)



Excerpted from LET MY PEOPLE GO WITH Martin Luther King Jr. by CHARLES RINGMA Copyright © 2004 by Charles Ringma. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)