According to recent surveys and studies, race relations in the United States are the worst they've been since the 1990s, and many would argue that life for most minorities has not significantly improved since the civil rights era of the 1960s. For so many, the dream of true equality has dissolved into a reality of prejudice, fear, and violence as a way of life.
John M. Perkins has been there from the beginning. Raised by his sharecropping grandparents, Perkins fled Mississippi in 1947 after his brother was fatally shot by a police officer. He led voter registration efforts in 1964, worked for school desegregation in 1967, and was imprisoned and tortured in 1970. Through it all, he has remained determined to seek justice and reconciliation based in Christ's redemptive work.
"Justice is something that every generation has to strive for," he says. And despite the setbacks of recent years, Perkins finds hope in the young people he has met all across the nation who are hard at work, bringing about reconciliation in God's name and offering acceptance to all. Dream with Me is his look back at a life devoted to seeking justice for all God's people, as well as a look forward to what he sees as a potentially historic breakthrough for people of every race.
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About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Unexpected Places 25
1 Side by Side (but Not Together) 33
2 That We Might Be One 45
3 Poor Whites 55
4 Fighting without Fists 63
5 The Three Rs 73
6 Incarnation (Being Jesus in the Flesh) 91
7 Real Justice 103
8 Spencer 113
9 Affirming Human Dignity 129
10 The Final Fight 139
11 The Power of Forgiveness 159
12 Above the Noise 173
13 The Church of the Future 187
14 Dream with Me 201
Recommended Reading 215
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As soon as I heard about this new book by John Perkins, I knew I wanted to read it. I was not disappointed as he shared about his activities through the years and his dreams for the future. As he wrote about reconciliation in the true sense of the word, my heart responded. He stated that reconciliation is not about race but about being fully reconciled to God. As we seek to reconcile with God and allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through us, we are reconciled with His people, the human race. So many who speak of racial reconciliation, justice, equality, and so on are so angry and vehement in their approach that they push others away, just as many who declare that we already have equality, etc. keep enlarging the divide. John Perkins has more reason, humanly speaking, to be angry and vindictive than many in the forefront of the news but he is neither. He is a man who is devoted to living his life for Christ while seeking love and justice for all. Although his perception of events may not be the same as mine or yours and may sound similar to what we hear in the media, the solutions he offers are quite divergent as he seeks to let God direct his ways rather than giving in to anger and hatred. The book is well worth the time to read and digest in order to gain a perspective based on a lifetime of seeing firsthand what many of us have only seen on TV as it was presented by those who are driven by their ratings more than by a desire to spread truth. I encourage you to read the book and allow God to speak to your heart.
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.