Amazing Grace

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I just finished the book Amazing Grace.  A biography of Wilberforce's "heroic campaign to end slavery".  I personally would have never chosen to read a biography.  A book club I am in chose otherwise.  I'm sure my literary friends that are in this club would love to see my thoughts on the writing style, historical relevance, etc.  But in truth, a biography is just not for me and I pushed myself through the book.  In addition, I felt the author had an infatuation with the historical figure, Wilberforce.  This crush at times made me feel that the entire story is over told and caused me to question Wilberforce's great accomplishments.  So I should leave the greatness of this book for the discussion of my literary friends.  :)

There were some things that I greatly appreciated in this book - who couldn't enjoy reading about abolishing slavery!?  What I appreciated the most was a better understanding of how slavery even came to be.  One of my many personal struggles is self-righteousness and pride... and with that I've always questioned others wrong doings rather than my own as it is much easier to contend with others' wrongs.  So when it comes to slavery I have always angrily wondered how in the world someone could own a person, much less mistreat another "owned" living creature.  Bits of this biography painted the picture of how such a misery occurred... though I'm not certain this was the intent of the author.  But it was the first time I realized how slave owners had fallen from Grace and truth in the same way I do from time to time.

And since much of my recent posts have been about suffering, I really enjoyed this analogy of which many parents can relate.  It was found in Wilberforce's diary as he watched his grand baby receive a vaccination. - "the infant gave up its little arm to the operator without suspicion or fear.  But when it felt the puncture, which must have been sharp, no words can express the astonishment and grief that followed.  I could not have thought the mouth could have been distended so widely as it continued, till the nurse's soothing restored her usual calmness.  What an illustration is this of the impatient feelings we are often apt to experience, and sometimes even to express, when suffering from the dispensations of a Being, whose wisdom we profess to believe to be unerring, whose kindness we know to be unfailing, whose truth also is sure, and who has declared to us, that all things shall work together for good to them that love Him, and the object of His infliction is to make us partakers of His holiness". 

For those bits of wisdom, the book was worth the read...