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A trailblazer in the civil rights movement, John M. Perkins led voter registration efforts in 1964, worked for school desegregation in 1967, and was jailed and tortured in 1970. He is no less zealous today as he sees a new generation of freedom fighters battling the same issues and the same systems he has spent his life working to correct.
Through his raw, personal stories spanning from the civil rights era to today, Perkins shows us that, though the fight is not over, there are many reasons to hope and to carry on the good work he and his contemporaries began more than a generation ago. He calls us to work for justice by living out God's redemptive love in all our relationships.
"It all comes down to love," he says. "Love will always be our final fight."
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2017
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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.
GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Time to Get BusyAugust 24, 2017GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As 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.
Terry4 Stars Out Of 5A Convicting and Timely MemoirApril 2, 2017TerryQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I 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 weve 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.
Chris5 Stars Out Of 5We must not ignore love and justiceFebruary 17, 2017ChrisQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In his new book, Perkins recounts the challenges he and his family encountered during desegregation and the many ways his city has changed since the 60s. He also discusses the need for further unity in pursuit of reconciliation and the need to fight without fists in peacefully overcoming oppression and the sins which have systemic expression in our communities. Perkins calls us to embody the gospel and live in a way which others can see Christ in us, which means being concerned about real justice and the affirmation of human dignity. When Perkins asks us to dream with him, he is calling us to see the power of love and forgiveness and until these manifest themselves in our communities, this dream will not become a reality.
This book is a worthwhile addition to your reading list and convicts us all with our failures in being ambassadors of Christ, who was and is the embodiment of love and justice.
MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Dream With MeJanuary 28, 2017MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"Dream With Me" by John Perkins addresses the issue of the racial divide our country still faces. Although much progress has been made over the past 40-50 years, more needs to be done to heal the divide. The book is around 220 pages and covers such things as:
1. Perkins' early life in Mississippi and the traumatic experience of his brother being shot to death by a deputy sheriff.
2. Move to Pasdena CA to start a new life and eventually received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of his life.
3. Moving back to Jackson, Mississippi to start the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) , a ministry formed to help both blacks and whites.
4. Relationships he has enjoyed with various people over the years.
5. Suggestions for how blacks and whites can bridge the gap (listen to each other, being more involved in each other's lives, working together to promote positive change). Most of all, love must be the motive and not guilt or obligation.
The book is very readable and very timely, especially with the racial tensions we have recently seen (especially in the Charlotte NC area where I live). I appreciate the author challenging both races to equally be responsible for the racial healing our country desperately needs. Perkins also doesn't mince words about the benefits and shortcomings of "white theology" and "black theology". He seems to be fair and balanced (for example, he calls himself "pro-life" and believes that life outside the womb is also precious). I appreciate his approach on racism as a voice of reason and fairness. I am weary from the mud slinging from both sides!
Good read. I was given a review copy by Baker Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.