John M. Perkins is cofounder of the Christian Community Development Association and director of the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the author of many books, including Let Justice Roll Down, named by Christianity Today as one of the top fifty books that have shaped evangelicals.
Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Winby John M. Perkins, Randy Alcorn (Foreword by)
John M. Perkins is cofounder of the Christian Community Development Association, and founder and president emeritus of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation, Justice, and Christian Community Development in Jackson, Mississippi (www.jvmpf.org). An internationally known speaker and activist, he is the author of many books, including Let Justice Roll Down, named by Christianity Today as one of the top fifty books that have shaped evangelicals.
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I come across a great number of memoirs, and as good or as fascinating as a person's story is there has to be something in it that I can relate to for me to want to pick it up and read it. I did not expect to like Dream With Me by John M. Perkins, because I didn't feel that the issues presented in the book were something that I really connected with right now, in this point of my life, and where I live. I was wrong. Dream With Me is billed as a memoir - and it is one. But it is also a discussion that we ALL need to have about race relations and racial reconciliation in this country. We need to talk about where we’ve been. We need to talk about where we are. And we need to talk about how we got here. Perkins does this through the sharing of aspects of his life story. His goal in Dream With Me is that we are able to continue the conversation about how much further we have to go as a nation with racial reconciliation, but that we can also look at our past accomplishments for hope and encouragement. Practically speaking, Perkins implores the church to be a witness to the world about what non-violent change can look like. After all, one of our greatest commands is to "love your neighbor as yourself." Because John's book is the story of his life, it is never preachy, never condescending, never accusatory, and certainly never dull. For those who were unaware (as I was) the 86-year-old John M. Perkins writes from some pretty intense first-hand experience. In 1946, when he was 16, his brother was shot and killed by a sheriff while waiting for a theater to open. In 1964 he led voter registration efforts. In 1967 he worked for school desegregation when he enrolled his son Spencer in an all-white high school. In 1970, he was arrested after organizing a boycott. His wife and children who were outside the Mississippi jail he was detained in, heard him beaten and tortured. He truly was and continues to be a freedom-fighter. You will be changed when you read his book, his experiences, and his call to the church to fight the battle with Love. I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers Program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.