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Jesus and the Disinherited

By: Howard Thurman,Dr. Kelly Douglas
Narrated by: Leon Nixon
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Famously known as the text that Martin Luther King Jr. sought inspiration from in the days leading up to the Montgomery bus boycott, Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited helped shape the civil rights movement and changed our nation’s history forever. 

In this classic theological treatise, the acclaimed theologian and religious leader Howard Thurman (1900-1981) demonstrates how the gospel may be read as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. Jesus is a partner in the pain of the oppressed and the example of His life offers a solution to ending the descent into moral nihilism. Hatred does not empower—it decays. Only through self-love and love of one another can God's justice prevail.

©1949 Howard Thurman (P)2022 Beacon Press

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“Thurman’s prophetic witness and piercing intellect are as relevant to our current hour of tumult as they were when he first put these incisive thoughts to paper.”—Jelani Cobb, author of The Substance of Hope

“[Jesus and the Disinherited] is the centerpiece of the Black prophet-mystic’s lifelong attempt to bring the harrowing beauty of the African-American experience into deep engagement with what he called ‘the religion of Jesus.’ Ultimately his goal was to offer this humanizing combination as the basis for an emancipatory way of being, moving toward a fundamentally unchained life that is available to all the women and men everywhere who hunger and thirst for righteousness, especially those ‘who stand with their backs against the wall.’” —Vincent Harding, from the Foreword 

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The Architecture for All Liberation Theology

In all my work in community organizing, religious education, and social justice reform, few of my comrades and colleagues have mentioned this book, to my surprise. But it was assigned in my Master's program, and now I'm wondering how I ever missed the opportunity to read it.

What Thurman does here is articulate with great force and clarity a treatise for the application of Christian ethics in the fight against inequality.

I wouldn't recommend this book for people ready to overthrow colonialism, brutal capitalism, or modern day Jim Crow nor is it a rousing read for those seeking a Kingdom of God/heaven approach to social justice. This is a theological framework for a practical Christianity rooted in the gospel of Jesus for all people.

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Powerful.

Reading the book is a moving experience but hearing the words spoken by this talented narrator is truly powerful. If everyone took to heart and lived Christ's message, as so beautifully taught by Howard Thurman, the Church and society would be transformed and our divided nation and world would be healed. As impossible as that may sound, I don't think it's an overstatement.


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Riveting!!!

This audiobook has been well overdue. Love the natration and the story itself. Amazing read. Highly recommend.