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Overview A young man's summer with "Daddy King" changes his life forever. "What Brewster learned in his summer with the King family, surrounded by an entrenched, segregated society, is inspiring reading." -Jim Douglass, author, The Nonviolent Cross In the summer of 1961 a young white seminarian from the North volunteered to work at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, living in the home of its legendary pastor, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr.-"Daddy King"-and Mrs. King. Gurdon Brewster's experiences that summer-working in a church in the eye of the Civil Rights storm, witnessing first-hand the realities of racial prejudice, sharing in the vibrant worship of the people, and breakfast table conversations with Daddy King-would transform his understanding of the gospel and change his life forever. This memoir offers a uniquely intimate portrait of the King family. It describes a time of hope and struggle that must not be forgotten. And through a young man's memories of Daddy King, it provides an inspiring model of what it means to be fully alive and human.
Publishers Description In the summer of 1961 a young white seminarian from the North volunteered to work at the Ebenezer Batist Church in Atlanta, living in thr home of its legendary pastor, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr.--"Daddy King"--and Mrs. King.Gurdon Brewster's experiences that summer--working in a church in the eye of the Civil Rights storm, witnessing first-hand the realities of racial prejudice, sharing in the vibrant worship of the people, and breakfast tale conversations with Daddy King--would transform his understanding of the gospel and change his life forever. This memoir offers a uniquely intimate portrait of the King family.
Citations And Professional Reviews No Turning Back: My Summer With Daddy King by Gurdon Brewster has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 07/09/2007 page 49
Library Journal - 10/01/2007 page 80
CBA Retailers - 08/01/2007 page 41
Multicultural Review - 12/01/2007 page 67
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Studio: Orbis Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.51" Width: 5.61" Height: 0.87" Weight: 0.97 lbs.
Release Date Oct 20, 2007
Publisher Orbis Books
ISBN 1570757283 ISBN13 9781570757280
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More About Gurdon Brewster
Gurdon Brewster, an Episcopal priest and sculptor, served for 35 years as chaplain at Cornell University. He lives in Newfield, New York.
Gurdon Brewster currently resides in Newfield, in the state of New York.
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No Turning Back: My Summer with Daddy King Mar 17, 2008
While I agree with the reviewer who wishes for more of the author's emotional experience in his account, this is an engaging read, a page-turner. On the other hand at times he is refreshingly frank, honest, and revealing of just how innocent and naive he was as a bright-eyed and bushey-tailed seminarian.
There are moments when one wonders how Brewster ever lived to tell this tale. It is a total wonder that this young white outsider wasn't killed by bigoted Red Necks in the Atlanta area. It could have happened at the roadside gas & grocery, or at the community pool, or at a church parking lot one evening. In all three instances it was but for the grace of God that Gurdon Brewster made it through the Summer of 1961.
The world is a better place because people such as Reverend Brewster are in it!
Spotty Disappointment Dec 7, 2007
Given the subject matter, one hopes for more in the way of insight and emotion than this well-meaning book ultimately delivers. It has its moments, to be sure, moments that move one to tears. And Daddy King does come across as a powerful spiritual figure. But the author's limitations as a writer seriously compromise the ultimate effectiveness of the book, which seems to have enough real content for a good long article. In the end one admires Daddy King and Mrs. King, one has a certain affectionate respect for the author, but one (at least this one) leaves unsatisfied. The author was not well-served by his apparently over-indulgent editor(s).
Riveting, Charming, Unusual Nov 19, 2007
I'll admit to my bias: Rev. Brewster is the pastor of the Episcopal church I currently attend. He's a lovely, humble man, who for many years didn't talk much about his experiences with Daddy and Dr. King. We, his parishioners, only knew tidbits of his summer in Atlanta in '61. Needless to say, after reading this book, it is with both surprise and awe when I say how his story is both profoundly moving and important to read. We know so much about MLK Jr. but here is where you read about Daddy King's life, and his own struggle with civil rights as a sharecropper's son. You also learn of the wonderful people who surround the Kings at Ebenezer Baptist Church.