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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Friends United Press; First Edition edition (January 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944350240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944350249
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Howard Thurman: The Mystic as Prophet, by Luther E. Smith, Jr., is the most comprehensive and in depth analysis on Howard Thurman. This book becomes the primary documentary history of a seminal African-American religious thinker of the twentieth century. It is my intention to use this volume as a supplementary textbook for introduction to religion classes.--Dr Lawrence Edward Carter Sr.,--Dean, Martin Luther King Jr., International Chapel Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia

Luther Smith's book is the seminal study that has enlightened and influenced all later scholarship on the thought and significance of Howard Thurman in American religious, cultural, social, and political life. Recognizing and articulating the prophetic character of Thurman's life and works, Smith reveals with superb skill and perspicuity the previously unacknowledged genius of a man whose quiet journey on the American intellectual, religious, philosophical, and social scene profoundly touched and influenced a myriad of lives and situations. We owe a debt to Luther Smith, who first brought this great human being to the attention of American religious scholarship, and whose work on Thurman remains unsurpassed in substance, depth, insight, and vision.--Dr. Mozella G. Mitchell, Associate Professor of Religion, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

Dr. Smith's analysis is vital to a clear understanding of Howard Thurman's theological development and thought. Effectively and sensitively written, the book leads the reader to struggle with Dr. Thurman's ideas. That is both superlative scholarship and writing.--Rev. Marvin Chandler, Retired Pastor, the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples; San Francisco, California

There are none more familiar with the life and thought of Howard Thurman than Luther E. Smith, Jr. This book has set the standard for understanding and interpreting the seminal ideas of Dr. Thurman as both mystic and prophet. Smith's own masterful arrangement of chapters and themes brings us into the direct light of Thurman's most cherished concerns for freedom, community, and our inherent experience of the Divine Presence. Dr. William D. Apel, Professor of Religion and Department Head, Religious Studies, Linfield College; McMinnville, Oregon

About the Author

Luther Smith is an Associate Professor of Church and Community at the Candler School of Theology of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Smith has written and lectured extensively on Howard Thurman, Christian spirituality, and topics of church and society. He resides with his wife, Beth, and children, Luther and Nathan, in Decatur, Georgia.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John M. Gilmore on May 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book provides valuable information and insight into the life and thoughts of Howard Thurman.
I've often heard Thurman quoted by others and even referred to as an inspiration but I often think those individuals have only experienced Thurman's work on a superficial level. Luther Smith goes far beyond that to look at the major influences on Thurman's thought and reveal much about a spiritual giant of our time.
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