Disciplines of the Spirit

Disciplines of the Spirit

Howard Thurman / Aug 21, 2019

Disciplines of the Spirit Dr Howard Thurman minister educator philosopher and poet explores five major dimensions of the spiritual life commitment growing in wisdom and stature suffering prayer and reconciliat

  • Title: Disciplines of the Spirit
  • Author: Howard Thurman
  • ISBN: 9780913408353
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dr Howard Thurman 1900 1981 minister, educator, philosopher, and poet explores five major dimensions of the spiritual life commitment, growing in wisdom and stature, suffering, prayer, and reconciliation

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      • Howard Thurman

        Howard Thurman born 1899 in Daytona Beach, Florida April 10, 1981 in Daytona Beach, Florida was an author, philosopher, theologian, educator and civil rights leader.


    1. Howard Thurman was a philosopher, theologian, and educator whose writings influenced many civil rights leaders, notably Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I bought this first edition in 1963, little knowing that its writer was a wise man and a very unusual Baptist - the kind who studied philosophy under a Quaker mystic and went on to found a multi-cultural church. It's phrased with deceptive simplicity and eloquence but its insights reward careful study. I didn't have the patience for it when I was you [...]

    2. I was really excited about this book. Christian spirituality is by and large predominantly white, so I was excited to delve into spiritual disciplines through the lens of someone who encounters them while struggling with racial injustice. I enjoyed his thoughts on nonviolence and there seems to be a good amount of wisdom here, but the language was so dense that there were large portions that I just couldn't follow.

    3. Maybe an extended period of idleness is affecting my reading ability, but I found Thurman's style somewhat obtuse at times. Granted, he was writing in the early 60's, and so when he references current events I have to remember my recent history. However, the final chapter, on Reconciliation, had some very good material on non-violence that will be worth a second read.

    4. Absolute thought provoking, the chapters on Suffering, Prayer, and Reconciliation were amazing, I will search out further titles by this gentleman whose was one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s mentors.

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