Here are a few reviews for my book, The Seminarian: Martin Luther King Jr. Comes of Age. It'll be available in bookstores starting April 1st, and I'll try to keep this page updated with new reviews and tour dates.
"Fearless...[The Seminarian] is a cleareyed and honest account of some transformative experiences in the life of the gifted young man who would become a cultural icon." - Kirkus Reviews
“Parr provides a delightful (and deep) exploration of King’s formative years, a period that even the most committed scholars have undervalued or overlooked altogether. King’s years at Crozer are recounted here with such clarity the reader nearly sits next to him through every class and social engagement, so that a mere glance to the right and we fall in among his many classmates who are interviewed here. The Seminarian is for the scholar and general reader alike who want to learn how a kid from Atlanta slowly matured into our nation’s greatest civil rights leader.” —W. Jason Miller, author of Origins of the Dream: Hughes’s Poetry and King’s Rhetoric
“Not only an engrossing biographical study but an essential source for anyone with a serious interest in the formative years of Martin Luther King Jr.” —Clayborne Carson, editor of A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This book provides by far the most thorough and detailed treatment of Martin Luther King's experience in seminary. Anyone interested in King should be thrilled that Patrick Parr pored closely over the seminary records and interviewed surviving members of his cohort of seminarians (plus his sweetheart). Count this volume among the small number of indispensable books about King.” —Keith D. Miller, author of Voice of Deliverance and Martin Luther King's Biblical Epic
“Without question the most original and important book about King’s life to appear in more than a quarter century.” —David J. Garrow, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Bearing the Cross and Rising Star
“Seminary training doesn’t always dictate the course of leaders’ lives, sometimes even steering them directly opposite. Yet the time is always formative. Through his careful research, Patrick Parr has produced a stunning piece of work illumining this little-known part of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s journey of stumbling through learning to integrate theology, life, and the real world as he grew into the great American leader he became.” —Jason S. Sexton, Editor, Boom California
Historian Parr’s debut work of nonfiction is a true life bildungsroman...Often overlooked or relegated to mere footnotes in previous biographies, Parr highlights this short, influential period in King’s life, fleshing out the details of courses, teachers, mentors, pals, and dates, and presenting a fresh portrait of King, the “rookie preacher.” Publishers Weekly