When it comes to great men and women of history, it’s sometimes hard to imagine them as “normal” people. Like they must have been born speaking and changing the world right? Example A? Martin Luther King Jr. He helped change the course of a nation, but he was first a son, a Dad, an Uncle, a brother, who grew up playing jokes on his piano teacher.
MLK Jr.’s niece, Alveda King, shares some insight, not only on Dr. King, but the core values that have been passed down through the King family, each having played such a key role in shaping every family member.
In King Rules, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shares that message in a deeply personal collection of hard-learned lessons, timeless truths, and foundational principles.
Dr. Alveda King’s words are lovingly crafted yet refreshingly blunt at a time when bluntness is needed to counter the forces of moral drift and empty relativism.
Beginning with a vulnerable admission of her own wounds and wanderings, Alveda unfolds eleven core values that have guided her family through generations of triumph and tragedy—and have played a pivotal role in fostering revolutionary change in society.
Out of a heart of compassion, she dispenses wise meditations on bedrock subjects including faith and family, peace and justice, education and civic life. With thoughtful conviction she also boldly tackles topics considered divisive in our postmodern world, from abortion and sexuality to gun control and marriage laws.
The King Rules is a page-turning narrative that blends eyewitness history with grandmotherly wisdom. And as J. C. Watts writes in the Foreword, the book is “more than Alveda’s story, it’s an account of the beliefs that redirected the course of a nation, that left us a legacy, and that hopefully will guide us again.”
“My daddy used to say people spend more time trying to make a living than they do making a life, and that’s especially true when you think about how people try to fill their houses with symbols of wealth…a home is beautiful if it reflects and inspires the personalities of the people who live in it.”
I thought the book had some key points and it was interesting reading a book from a member the King family. Dealing with topics such as family, love, dating, women, justice, peace, education, caring for the poor and other such values, the “King rules” are based off of Christian values and morals and that was very evident throughout the pages. I appreciated that Alveda didn’t shy away from her story or past, which includes divorce, abortions and other hard life decisions. Paired with her uncle’s assassination and her Dad’s mysterious death shortly after Dr. King, there’s many events to pull life lessons from.
While I’m glad I read it, I thought I would have enjoyed it a bit more. I think it was the flow and writing style that distracted me. But as I mentioned before, it was an intriguing look into another aspect of the King family.
(Thank you BookLook Bloggers & Thomas Nelson for the copy in exchange for my honest review)