Thurman describes people under oppression as people “with their backs to the wall.” Jesus, God Incarnate, chose to take his place among those “with their backs to the wall.” Thurman teaches that Jesus’ life and teachings can only be understood from this vantage point. Jesus lived in an oppressive situation without giving in to fear, deception, or hate. In this sense, Thurman followed in the footsteps of Jesus.
“He recognized with authentic realism that anyone who permits another to determine the quality of his inner life gives into the hands of the other the keys to his destiny.”
This book will have a tremendous impact on the way you view Jesus and the way you live for him. Thurman was a giant as a theologian and a human being.
Howard Thurman was the first black dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University.