Last night I finished reading a little book called Finding God in the story of Amazing Grace by Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware. Ever since the 80's when I used to read everything Charles Colson wrote, I have been curious about the life of William Wilberforce. I had never heard the name before, and Colson was always talking about him because Wilberforce was his ultimate hero.
Last year I read Wilberforce's book Real Christianity and saw the movie Amazing Grace based on his fight against slavery in the British Parliament and on his friendship with John Newton, a former captain of a slave ship and the author of the hymn Amazing Grace. The book I just finished is a mini-biography of both Newton and Wilberforce. The "amazing" thing about this book is the way the authors have woven the lives of these men around the various aspects of God's amazing grace--from His maternal grace to His long-suffering grace to His sufficient grace to His compelling grace. The title of each of the brief 18 chapters is an adjective describing a feature of God's grace, and each chapter describes how God transformed these men so they might transform our world. I could see how God was arranging the world of Newton and Wilberforce for His purpose in their lives and in their world. And, I was reminded how God does the same thing for me each day. Amazing!
On a different note, progress on Jessie's prom dress is going forward! Yesterday I re-did the practice dress somewhat. Today I'm going to sew on the straps and figure out how much material we need. Jessie's having trouble finding the right fabric, so we're on a search for that. Any suggestions? Otherwise, so far, so good!
Have a great day!