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Howard Thurman: Essential Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters Series) Paperback – November 8, 2006
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- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1570756708
- ISBN-13 : 978-1570756702
- Product Dimensions : 5.3 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
- Publisher : Orbis Books (November 8, 2006)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #349,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For some silly reason I thought I was purchasing a complete collection of Howard Thurman's writings. The fault lies with me, as I should have read the product description.
What this collection represents is a set of extracts from Thurman's various books, which have then been arranged and sorted into this compilation’s three chapters, demonstrating Thurman’s perceptions on the ‘Religious Experience’, ‘The Hunger for Community’ and ‘The Authentic Self’ (to use the book’s own headings.)
There's a positive and negative side because of this arrangement.
I'll start with the negative. This arrangement can make the reading feel awkward and clumsy. The specific passages, although thematically connected, don’t always flow well from one to the other if what you desire to do is read continuously. In retrospect, using this book as a devotional of short readings may be a better way to approach this.
On the positive side. This is an excellent collection of Thurman’s ideas. His prose is beautiful and stimulating, clearly displaying his heart and mind as a civil rights activist, minister and philosopher. It’s easy to see how Thurman’s work influenced the cause and trajectory of other civil rights activists such as the Martin Luther King Jr. His desire for equality, dignity and harmony amongst humanity finds itself fervoured by love; not a complacency with the segregation, but also not with a hate for those who endorse or proliferate that structure. Thurman’s heart was for the reconciliation of all people to each other;
‘Let us now go forth to save the land of our birth from the plague that first drove us into the “will to quarantine” and to separate ourselves behind self-imposed walls. For this is why we were born: Men, all men belong to each other, and he who shuts himself away diminishes himself, and he who shuts another away from him destroys himself.’ – *The Search for Common Ground*
All in all, this book does exactly what it sets out to do, and it does it well.
*Howard Thurman: Essential Writings* has certainly whet my appetite to pick up and digest more of Thurman’s work.
---Tristan Sherwin, author of ‘Love: Expressed’.