Win a copy of THE CONCISE KING.

THE CONCISE KING - Hachette AudioIn honor of the faithful witness of Dr. Martin Luther King and his bold proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we are giving away today a free copy of the new audio book with recordings of his most significant sermons and speeches, The Concise King (Hachette Audio 2010, reviewed above).

To win a copy of this superb audio collection, you must do the following two things:

  1. Receive the Englewood Review via free email subscription (Click here to subscribe) or follow us on Twitter (Click here to follow) — or both.
  2. Leave a comment on this post, noting which option you chose for #1 and a brief statement of what you appreciate most about Dr. King.

This contest ends tomorrow, January 19, 2010 at 11:59PM PT.
On Wednesday Jan. 20, we will choose a winner from the eligible entrants.

C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com

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  1. Following on Twitter
    Dr. King is THE prophetic voice of 20th century America.

  2. Justin Anthony Knapp

    #1 (e-mail)

    King’s vision was not one of simply destroying or dismantling oppressive systems, but of converting those who participated in that system into friends with the power of love. That is why his message was so powerful and dangerous.


  3. Hi. I receive the email newsletters (and follow on Twitter).
    I appreciate his standing as a prophet for not just blacks, but all in America. He stood in solidarity with the oppressed, embodying the Way of Christ, and showing everyone that gospel nonviolence is not a pipe dream.

  4. When a man takes his leadership serious enough to change a country and possibly the world for good, I take notice. When a man loves God enough to lay his life down for God’s people, I take notice. When a man is credited for starting a movement that shapes the thinking for multiple generations, I take notice. Martin Luther King Jr. was an amazing man in my opinion and I believe the world needs to take notice. I was just born when he was beginning to make his mark on the world. I wish I could have gotten to know him. I can only now get to know him through the good that has come because of his beliefs and ideals. Thank God, Thank God Almighty for giving us Martin Luther King Jr.

  5. I follow on twitter. Though, I do still get the email in case I overlook something.

    Dr. King is a perfect example of transformation. King went from a positivist liberal hoping to work within the present system to a radicalized social prophet willing to speak truth to power. He was marginalized for this, as have been so many voices against imperial America. Yet, unlike his contemporaries the Black Panthers, his revelation did not lead him down the road of contemplating violence, but strengthened his non-violent resolve. When it became harder to love his enemies, he loved them more.

    For that reason, Dr. King gives a harrowing example of someone who took the way of Jesus seriously to the point of martyrdom. His way was the way of the cross and is a stark reminder to all us who wish to live into that faith.

  6. follow by e-mail and facebook. I appreciate Dr. King’s understanding that he could not ignore war and it’s effects on blacks, on the soul of America and on God’s children in the world, even though it wasn’t politically the right thing to do.

    “This I believe to be the privilege and the burden of all of us who deem ourselves bound by allegiances and loyalties which are broader and deeper than nationalism and which go beyond our nation’s self-defined goals and positions. We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy, for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers.” Riverside Church 4/4/67

  7. I was just listening to his sermon “Why I am opposed to the war in Vietnam” when this landed in my inbox.

    May God continue to send us prophets and prophetesses willing to speak his truth.

    May God silence the greed, injustice and violence in my own heart.

    Kyrie eleison.

  8. I receive the email updates (and enjoy them quite a little bit).

    I appreciate most the Dr. King consistently catches me by surprise. He refuses to fit nicely into any of my prefab boxes, touching on politics, on race, on theology, on the way I pray and the way I relate to people from my neighborhood. He just won’t stay where I’d like to shelve him away.

  9. Following you on Twitter.

    We continue to learn from Dr. King, long after he left us. His lessons hold true today, and serve as a reminder on how we should come together

  10. Dr. King continues to inspire others to speak our against oppression and inequality. All ages can relate to his words and dreams.

  11. I subscribe via RSS; does that count?

    There are many aspects of Dr. King that I admire, but the foremost is this: His message of equality across racial and ethnic lines was not arbitrary. It wasn’t born from purely humanistic senses of right and wrong, duty to one’s fellow man, or (God forbid) pure bitterness against the white man. It was centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many in the feminist and LGBT communities have sought to replicate King’s stance for equality for their respective groups, but they never have. Why? Because what made King’s philosophies so powerful wasn’t the philosophies themselves, but that they were rooted in the truth of the Christ.

  12. Congratulations to KJ Williams, the winner of this contest!!!

    And Matthew W. — YES, RSS is fine…

    Chris Smith,

  13. I will be following this site via email. There are many things that I admire about this Godly man. Firstly he had a close relationship with the Lord and served as a pastor. He knew God’s calling for his life. Even when things got very difficult he kept fighting for the equality and freedom we have today. I could only imagine how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. could have given up. Had he given up, we wouldn’t have the freedom we have today. May God bless you!

    In Christ, Bob