A GIFT OF LOVE: Sermons from Strength to Love and Other Preachings
The classic collection of sixteen
sermons preached and compiled by Dr. King
As Dr. King prepared for the Birmingham campaign in early 1963, he drafted
the final sermons for Strength to Love, a volume of his best-known homilies.
King had begun working on the sermons during a fortnight in jail in July 1962.
Having been arrested for holding a prayer vigil outside Albany City Hall,
King and Ralph Abernathy shared a jail cell for fifteen days that was,
according to King, ’’dirty, filthy, and ill-equipped’’ and “the worse I have
ever seen.” While behind bars, he spent uninterrupted time preparing the drafts
for classic sermons such as “Loving Your Enemies,” “Love in Action,” and
“Shattered Dreams,” and continued to work on the volume after his release.
A Gift of Love includes
these classic sermons, along with two new preachings. Collectively they present
King’s fusion of Christian teachings and social consciousness, and promote his
prescient vision of love as a social and political force for change.