The Reverend Samuel L. Hoard, tells his life story, including struggles with racism in society and the church during the civil rights era, and his successful attempt to become an LCMS pastor. Hoard traces his experiences growing up in St. Louis in the 1940's, as a pastor in America's urban environments, and as a military chaplain in Vietnam and Germany.
The book urgently encourages us to stand up for ourselves and our neighbors, but not become embittered in the process. The Truth Will Set You Free is intriguing to read, offering greater understanding in relating to one another in the service of the Lord and in the care of humankind.
He sets forth a confessional Lutheran model for black ministry.