Hi Everyone! Are you excited about the Amazing Grace movie that is coming out in theaters this Friday, February 23rd? It’s based on the life of “anti-slavery pioneer” William Wilberforce, a contemporary of John Newton in the 18th Century…
I’ve long loved the song, Amazing Grace…in fact, my two oldest girls sang it for a special in church at the ages of 5 and almost 3 years of age…3 year old knew every word of the first and last stanzas, a fact which I duly recorded in her babybook. (Perhaps because I’d always sung it to her as a lullaby?)
There are many biographies of John Newton’s life–a slave trader who converted to Christianity as a result of many incredible trials…I highly recommend reading his story as a family. Newton reminds me of Apostle Paul in many ways…bent on a path of destruction till God stopped him in his tracks. Only, his transformation came at sea, not on the road to Damascus!
The sad thing is, slavery is still a problem in modern times. The Amazing Change Campaign’s goal of carrying on William Wilberforce’s “vision of mercy and justice” has this as its overview:
Many people find it hard to believe that slavery still exists. Whether it’s bonded slavery with men, women and children toiling on plantations, in rice mills, brick kilns and many other industries; or, the deplorable and prevalent trade in humans to serve as sex slaves, slavery is flourishing in many parts of the world. It is still every bit as ugly as it was 200 years ago and it must end.
It’s estimated that 27 million people are in slavery around the world
Hubby and I get to the theater about once a year…we’re pretty picky about what we spend our “entertainment” money on. That said, I think this is a great cause!
I love seeing more faith-based films becoming available on the big screen! What are some of your favorites, past and present?
P.S. I heard that Francine River’s novel, The Last Sin-Eater was made into a movie recently! Did anyone see it? She’s one of my favorite Christian authors, though I must say, that book wasn’t a favorite!