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Meditations of the Heart is a beautiful collection of meditations and prayers by Howard Thurman. A great spiritualist and pioneer in race relations, Howard Thurman was a spiritual advisor to Martin Luther King Jr., the first black dean at a white university, and cofounder of the first interracially pastored church in the United States. His wisdom and insight offers a message of hope and perseverance for people of all Christian traditions.
"Teach us to overcome our fear of life; and in that freedom may we learn to understand life and, in our understanding of life, to love."
"I must ease the tension in my heart that ejects the sharp barb, the stinging word. I want to be more loving in my heart that, with unconscious awareness and deliberate intent, I shall be a kind, a gracious human being."
"Life abounds in all variety of resources and resourcefulness. Every moment is a divine encounter, every facet is an exposure to the boundless energies by which life is sustained and our spirits made whole."
Howard Thurman, the great spiritualist and mystic, was renowned for the quiet beauty of his reflections on humanity and our relationship to God. This collection of fifty-four of his most well-known meditations features his thoughts on prayer, community, and the joys and rituals of life. Within its pages are words that sustain, elevate, and inspire. From "A Man Becomes His Dream" to "I Need Courage" to "The Season of Remembrance," Thurman addresses life's moments of trial and uncertainty and offers a message of hope and endurance for people of all faiths.
Howard Thurman (1900-1981) was the first black dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University and cofounder of the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco, California, the first inter-racially copastored church in America
EDITORS: Walter Earl Fluker is professor of philosophy and religion and executive director of the Leadership Center at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Catherine Tumber is a Du Bois fellow at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
I have read Howard Thurman and been informed, influenced, and girded by his courage, intelligence, and abiding love. --Maya Angelou
"The minister will find this a sources of ideas and illustrations for sermon material. The layman will find it helpful for personal devotions and family worship." --H. G. J., San Francisco Chronicle, 1954