Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was not just a great orator. He was also a talented, impactful writer. That’s on full display in Strength to Love, an essential guide to a more enlightened way of living, thinking, and carrying one’s self through the world.
King collected his best sermons, edited them, and published them as Strength to Love in 1963. If you’re not Christian or religious, don’t get turned off by his references to Christianity. There’s still much to learn.
“If there is one book Martin Luther King Jr. has written that people consistently tell me has changed their lives,” wrote Coretta Scott King, the reverend’s widow, “it is Strength to Love. I believe it is because this book best explains the central element of Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy on non-violence: his belief in a divine, loving presence that binds all life.”
Strength to Love starts with two thought-provoking chapters: “A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart” and “Transformed Nonconformist.” From there, the book is difficult to put down. One realizes that a smart, thoughtful, visionary man is passing along his wisdom.
“The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority,” Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.”
Read Strength to Love. Even if you don’t march in the streets, you will be changed — and perhaps, just by living a true, non-violent life, you will change the world.