Meditations of the Heart


Product Description
Product Details

Table of Contents

Foreword to the 2022 Edition: Meditations of the Heart:
Howard Thurman as Poet, Prophet, and Priest

Foreword to the First Edition, by Howard Thurman


1. An Island of Peace within One’s Soul
2. Silence is a Door to God
3. In Quiet One Discovers the Will of God
4. Relief in Voicing One’s Feelings
5. The God of Life is the God of Religion
6. “Be Still and Cool in the Mind”
7. The Pattern of Prayer
8. A Lull in the Rhythm of Doing
9. How Good to Center Down!
10. In the Moment of Pause, the Vision of God
11. We Lay Bare all that We Are
12. Work and Rest are one Entity
13. None Need Be Alone
14. Two Kinds of Ideals
15. Keep Alive the Dream in the Heart
16. Judgment Belongs to God
17. That Thy Tryst may be Kept
18. Every Judgment is Self-judgment
19. A Man Becomes his Dream
20. Memories Crowd upon Us
21. The Great Exposure
22. Life, an Offering to God
23. Thou Shalt Love
24. God is With Me
25. Not Pity, but Compassion
26. God is Present
27. Myself, a High Priest of Truth
28. Courage and Cowardice
29. Strength to be Free
30. The Embattled Spirit
31. Let Us Pray
32. The Patience of Unanswered Prayer


1. Life Seems Unaware
2. Struggle Is an Aspect of Life
3. At My Center I Find Peace
4. Pain Has a Ministry
5. All Men Live the Eternal
6. Who, or What, is to Blame?
7. Our Children Are Not Things
8. Let Your Words Be Yea and Nay
9. Thank God for Humor!
10. To What Loyalty Are You True?
11. Relations to Others Must Be Dynamic
12. The World Is Too Much With Us
13. Every Man Must Decide
14. Enthusiasm and Self-Sacrifice
15. The Seed of the Jack Pine
16. Our Little Lives
17. When the Strain Is Heaviest
18. Reservoir or Canal
19. Concerning the Yucca
20. The Temptation to Oversimplify
21. The Desert Dweller
22. The Iron Lung
23. A Divinity That Shapes Our Ends
24. The Experience of Growing Up
25. Through the Coming Year
26. The Horns of the Wild Oxen


1. There Is Order in Life
2. Unity Is in God
3. Shall I be Good?
4. Life Abounds
5. By Their Fruits
6. The Glad Surprise
7. Life Goes On
8. Thine Is the Power!
9. Make Up Your Mind
10. Two Areas of Need
11. If I Knew You
12. All Life is One
13. He Prayed for His Friends
14. We are All One
15. Man Cannot Be Indifferent to Men
16. I Will Not Give Up
17. Take No Thought for Your Life
18. Magic All Around Us
19. The Threads in My Hand
20. She Practices Brotherhood
21. A Glory! A Benediction!
22. Indebted to a Vast Host
23. Just a Human Being
24. The Growing Edge
25. “No Man Is an Island”
26. The Need for Approval
27. This is a New Year
28. The Pressure of Crisis
29. To Die Unshriven


1. The Season of Remembrance
2. Concerning Human Relations
3. A Litany of Thanksgiving
4. Against the Background of the Year
5. “Merry Christmas”
6. The Sacrament of Christmas
7. Candles for Christmas
8. The Season of Affirmation
9. Gifts on My Altar
10. Long Live Life!
11. Blessings at Year’s End


1. Thy Light Within Me
2. “I Will Lift up Mine Eyes”
3. Abundance of Faith
4. How Wonderful!
5. I Surrender to God
6. To Overcome Evil
7. More Holy!
8. To See and to Do
9. “They That Wait Upon the Lord . . .”
10. More Loving in My Heart
11. Teach Me Thy Grace
12. A Gracious Spirit
13. I Seek Renewal
14. “Still Dews of Quietness”
15. The Outer Life and the Inward Sanctuary
16. I Surrender Myself to God
17. God Seeks Me
18. Not We Ourselves
19. Many Assurances of Faith
20. The Wisdom of Patience
21. The Crucial Issues
22. When Life Grows Dingy
23. We Yield to the Love of God
24. The Humble Spirit
25. Life Without Cares
26. The Valley of Death
27. I Seek Room for Peace
28. Prayer for a Friendly World
29. Lord, Lord, Open Unto Me
30. I Seek Truth and Light
31. Be Thou My Vision
32. The Source of My Life
33. I Want to Be Better
34. I Need Courage
35. I Confess
36. Wrong Between Me and Thee
37. Not Comfortless
38. I Rest This Day in God
39. God Knows the Heart
40. Courage to Live
41. “I Will not Fail Thee”
42. God is Near to All
43. The Fire Flower
44. Seek Ye the Lord
45. I Will Sing a New Song
46. The Wisdom of God
47. Give Me the Listening Ear
48. The Moments of High Resolve
49. Surrounded by the Love of God
50. For a Time of Sorrow
51. Against Thee Have I Sinned
52. Teach Me Thy Will
53. God Restoreth My Soul
54. If Thou Standeth Beside Me

About the Author

Hailed by Life magazine as one of the great preachers of the twentieth century; a spiritual advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr., Sherwood Eddy, James Farmer, A. J. Musty, and Pauli Murray; the first black dean at a white university; cofounder of the first interracially pastored, intercultural church in the United States; Howard Thurman (1899-1981) was a man of penetrating foresight and astonishing charisma. His vision of the world was one of a democratic camaraderie born of faith, and in light of today's global community, one of particular importance.


“Even seventy years removed from their initial publication, Thurman’s words are still speaking to our hearts.”
—Yolanda Pierce, from the foreword

“I have read Howard Thurman and been informed, influenced, and girded by his courage, intelligence, and abiding love.”
—Maya Angelou

“In those long midnight hours when morning seems weeks away, the words of Howard Thurman have kept watch with me.”
—Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple

“The minister will find this a source of ideas and illustrations for sermon material. The layman will find it helpful for personal devotions and family worship.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

Ask a Question About this Product More...
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 8% commission by selling Meditations of the Heart on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by, Inc.

Back to top