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New How To Book: King Rules for You!

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

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Today, June 10, 2014

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Dear Readers, this blog hits close to home for me today, so close in fact that I named the first chapter in my new book “Make Home a Priority.” Some of you have been asking me for years, “what was it like growing up with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as your uncle?”

Well dear readers, this book is just for you! Not only do I write about my Uncle ML, but you will meet my daddy AD King, my Granddaddy MLK, Sr., and so many other family members who helped to make sure that I grew up in “The King Family Legacy,” full of faith, hope, and love.

Please take a moment to visit the Thomas Nelson website: kingrulesbook.com to discover not only what the book is about, but also take a look through the photo album where you will have a peek into some precious memories. There are also some endorsements from some friends you might know.

Finally, this is a “how to book” in that many of the principles in the book about finding peace, love, and joy while fighting for justice for everyone, from conception until natural death and everything between.

My friends the Honorable J. C. Watts and Father Frank Pavone graciously opened and closed the chapters for me in their foreward and afterword. All in all, having been inspired by so many questions, I went on a quest to find the answers and discovered that the King Rules were with me all the time.

God bless you!

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A Travel Guide to Life: Don’t leave home without it!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

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A good author should recognize the gift in a colleague, and also acknowledge that gift. I’ll let you be the judge of my penmanship when my newest book KING RULES hits the stand on June 10.

Meanwhile, please read the latest offering, A TRAVEL GUIDE TO LIFE, by my friend Anthony DeStefano. The book, one in a series of TRAVEL GUIDES, is filled with insights and how to’s straight from the pen of one who successfully navigates the ups and downs of life with candor, humility, repentance and humor.

To date this new release becomes a favorite, although all of Anthony’s books are super. My grandchildren adore his children’s books. We recently read A TRAVEL GUIDE TO HEAVEN FOR CHILDREN. Delightful!

On a personal note, I remember praying for Anthony when he was preparing for his father’s transition from this life. He stoically bore it all while helping others to navigate their way through such a trying season.

I also remember Anthony tolerating my monologue about why I’m a Star Trek fan. I was lamenting about how my critics consider my Sci-Fi passion to be sinful. After all, they reason, “Christians don’t have time for fantasy. Jesus is the real deal.”

Yes, Jesus is real, and thank God for His Blood, His Love, His Mercy and HIS Grace. I’m not perfect, and we all need prayer.

I remember Anthony saying: “Alveda, we’re not perfect in this life. You pray for me, I’ll pray for you.”

On that note, I’ll close here with a prayer that you’ll read our books and enjoy them. We all need a good TRAVEL GUIDE. Don’t leave home without this gem. Blessings.

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Put the Political Strife Out to Pasture

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

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I have few regrets in my life. At the top of the list is the demise of two children in my womb, and one miscarriage. Next to that, I regret having said to a group of peers that my Uncle M. L. (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) was a Republican. I said that without having all the facts. My Grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. was a registered Republican. Uncle M. L. was an independent, who in his own words tended to vote Democrat. I assumed that since Granddaddy was a Republican, Uncle M. L. was too. After all, before the election of President John F. Kennedy, the majority of African American voters were Republicans. Granddaddy convinced a large block of Blacks to vote for President John Kennedy after he helped to get my uncle out of jail during those turbulent days. Uncle M. L. tended to vote Democrat, but remained independent because he found weaknesses in both parties. The truth of the matter is that God isn’t a Republican or a Democrat or a Tea Party voter. God doesn’t vote. The squabbling and division among the parties is tragic.

Wise Christian leaders such as Dr. Billy Graham and others who have visited the White House over the years to advise sitting presidents have focused on the times and not the parties. I’m beginning to understand the wisdom of such. As a result, I am no longer endorsing political candidates, choosing rather to vote responsibly and to follow the Bible instructions that we must pray for all people, including those in authority.

Pray for All People: 1First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy chapter 2)

Please review below for Uncle M. L.’s perspective:

As a Christian leader and civil rights activist, Uncle M. L. followed a pattern of not publicly endorsing a U.S. political party or candidate. He wrote: “I feel someone must remain in the position of non-alignment, so that he can look objectively at both parties and be the conscience of both—not the servant or master of either.” In a 1958 interview, he expressed his view that neither party was perfect, saying, “I don’t think the Republican party is a party full of the almighty God nor is the Democratic party. They both have weaknesses … And I’m not inextricably bound to either party.”

He also assessed both parties’ performance on promoting racial equality:

“Actually, the Negro has been betrayed by both the Republican and the Democratic party. The Democrats have betrayed him by capitulating to the whims and caprices of the Southern Dixiecrats. The Republicans have betrayed him by capitulating to the blatant hypocrisy of reactionary right wing northern Republicans. And this coalition of southern Dixiecrats and right wing reactionary northern Republicans defeats every bill and every move towards liberal legislation in the area of civil rights.”

Although he never publicly supported a political party or candidate for president, in a letter to a civil rights supporter in October 1956 he wrote: “In the past I always voted the Democratic ticket.” In 1960, like my grandfather, he privately voted for John F. Kennedy: “I felt that Kennedy would make the best president. I never came out with an endorsement. My father did, but I never made one.” He also went so far as to consider making one endorsement: “Had President Kennedy lived, I would probably have endorsed him in 1964.

Surely it is possible to be a Republican, Democrat, Tea Party Member, Green Party, Libertarian, Christian Party Member or affiliate with any party one chooses, and not hate our brothers and sisters who choose another path. Church denominations and political divisions make too many enemies when we need to be united in this one human race that dominates this planet. As one who has been elected to office as a Georgia State Representative (D), served as a presidential appointee (R) and who have often voted as an Independent, I can truly say that we would all be better off without the political squabbles that tend to divide us.

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Life’s Perspectives from Daddy King

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

(Please view video MY SHOES at the end.)

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My grandfather Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. once told my then abortion minded pregnant mother this: “Neenie (her nickname), you can’t abort this baby. She’s a little girl with bright skin and bright red hair. I saw her in a dream three years ago, and she’s going to bless many people. What a prophetic miracle. That dream saved my life long before ultrasound was invented!

When I was born on January 22, 1951 my joyful daddy, Rev. Alfred Daniel Williams King named me Alveda Celeste King. He once told me the Al was part of his name because I am “part of him.” (23 of 46 chromosomes in fact)

The French and Italian word for life is Vitae. So he combined the two to name Alveda. Celeste came from my great-grandmother Jennie Celeste Parks. Daddy said it sounded celestial and he wanted to get me as close to Heaven as possible.

As time went on, what with bombings and shootings and killings and other terrors, in the midst of trying and troubling times in the “King Family Legacy,” Granddaddy used to preach about thanking God for what we have left. He had a special saying: “I used to cry because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.”

Often when I remember these cherished moments in my life, someone says or does something to remind me of other special memories about them. Today my very good friend sent me a link to a special film project: MY SHOES. It reminds me of Granddaddy’s sermon.

Please view this short film and remember that sometimes when life seems hard, we should consider and reconsider the perspectives before we make our choices.

MY SHOES

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