The Writings of Howard Thurman
selected by Anne Spencer Thurman
For the Inward Journey is the book chosen to accompany the Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa theme for February 2019
Howard Thurman — minister, philosopher, educator — has been called "one of the greatest spiritual resources of this nation." His vision, which draws on the richest aspects of the Black experience in America, has deeply touched people of all races, faiths, and cultures. His spiritual influence on leaders of the civil rights movement and on Americans at large has been likened to that of Martin Luther King, Jr. This anthology of Thurman's most important and eloquent writings, selected by his daughter Anne, is a passionate appraisal of the encounter between God and individuals, and between people. The essence of Howard Thurman and his thought emerges in a message of hope, reconciliation, and love.
Howard Thurman, born in a segregated Florida town in 1900, was recognized as one of this century's foremost religious leaders at the time of his death in 1981. He taught and lectured at over five hundred institutions around the world and wrote more than twenty books of spiritual discovery and inspiration. He served as dean of Rankin Chapel and professor of theology at howard University in Washington, D.C. He was a minister and cofounder of the interdenominational Fellowship Church in San Francisco — the first fully integrated church in America. Later, he was dean of Marsh Chapel and minister-at-large of Boston University.
Anne Spencer Thurman was a lawyer and journalist who made her home in San Francisco until her death in 2001.
"In the long midnight hours when morning seemed weeks, if not years, away, the works of Howard Thurman have kept watch with me."
—Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Color Purple