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The Poster


I’ve been waiting for a high-definition trailer to be posted, but still there is only the low-quality Flash version that is on the Amazing Grace movie website. Still, here is a little piece of media for today: the movie poster. Very well done. Click on it for a large version!



Amazing Grace - the trailer is up

I’m waiting to see it in high quality, but for those who can’t wait, the trailer is up now at http://www.amazinggracemovie.com/.

It looks like there is to be a bit of anachronism here, with the American tune of “Amazing Grace” being played by bagpipes! Will these movie making types never tire of changing history? But perhaps that scene is really not in the movie?



Wilberforce again

John Piper is getting in on the act. Even though his mini-biography of Wilberforce is already in print, a new 80-page paperback will be released on January 12, presumably to tie in with the movie. The title is Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce. I suspect, although I have no evidence, that it will be an expansion of what Piper has already published. Either way, I’ll get several copies for my church’s bookshelf!



Amazing Grace movie

Well, it’s time to get excited. The Amazing Grace movie website is up now.



William Wilberforce - 3

If you are an Anglophile like me, you might want to check out the 360 degree panoramas of Wilberforce House in Hull, provided by the BBC. The actual website of Wilberforce House is kind of skimpy.

You can also visit the very interesting Wilberforce 2007 anniversary site that is centered around the activities in Hull in the next few months, as well as the topic of anti-slavery today. Another anti-slavery site that is tied into the anniversary is here.



William Wilberforce - 2

Well, my books have come in and I’ve been reading all kinds of stuff about Wilberforce. I also listened to John Piper’s biography of him from one of his Pastor’s Conferences, and I heard Piper say that to understand Wilberforce, you must understand his Christianity, and the way to understand that is to read his book: A Practical View Of Christianity. In there, you will find that his social reform agenda was built completely on his salvation-centered, Christ-centered Christianity, not a social, moralistic pragmatic Christianity such as we’ve been afflicted with for centuries.

Piper was lamenting that the book was out of print, but that will soon be remedied by Hendricksen Publishers. In fact, scanning the Amazon lists, I see that there will be a mini-boom of Wilberforce related books issued or re-issued in connection with this movie (or in connection with the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade by Wilberforce’s Parliament bill). Did I say that the movie is timed to match that anniversary?

Then, I went to the State Fair tonight, and Walden Media was out there promoting the movie! (Along with their other new movie, Charlotte’s Web.) Here’s a poster that they hung up. Also, they had big screen TV’s showing clips from the movie, and folks, it looks like it might just be really good.

(I can’t resist plugging John Newton as seen on the poster: “A former ship captain and slave trader who wrote ‘Amazing Grace‘ out of deep gratitude for the forgiveness he received. Newton encouraged Wilberforce to persevere as an abolitionist.”)



William Wilberforce


John Newton has always been a hero of mine. Right now we are reading Newton’s autobiography of his early life and conversion in our family, and we are almost finished. He started as a blaspheming sailor, but was converted in a direct act of God upon his heart during a storm at sea. Afterward he was captain of a slave ship until he found a more certain employment on land. As his understanding grew, he became an enemy of the slave trade and wrote against his former occupation.

I could go on and on about Newton, how he became an evangelical leader, knew many of the preachers of the Great Awakening and was one himself, how he cooperated among all evangelicals despite his conviction that the Church of England was his calling, and how he wrote some of the greatest hymns of all time, including “Amazing Grace.”

But one thing about Newton was that he was influential among the evangelicals in London in his old age, and was a mentor to young William Wilberforce, member of parliament, friend of the rich and famous, and evangelical. Wilberforce became the driving force in parliament for the abolishing of the British slave trade, and eventually of slavery itself. He is a man I want to know more about.

And now there will be a new opportunity to learn about him, because a new movie from Walden Media (makers of The Chronicles of Narnia) is to feature the life of Wilberforce. It is called Amazing Grace (nice) and it is supposed to come out early in 2007. It actually premieres this week in Toronto, but supposedly it will be officially released in February. This is really exciting!

While we are waiting for this great event, there are some books we can read. I am ordering the following books from Cumberland Valley: Hero For Humanity: A Biography of William Wilberforce, by Kevin Belmonte; Travel With Wilberforce, by the same; and Footsteps Of The Past: William Wilberforce, a children’s workbook.

Meet me at the movie theater in Spring 2007!




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