Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

I think my all-time favorite song is Amazing Grace (I say, “I think,” because I like so many songs in so many different genres of music… it’s hard to pick just one!). As incredible as the song is, the story behind it is even more, well, amazing. Written by John Newton, a former slave trader turned pastor, the song and the songwriter were influential in bringing about the end of the slave trade in Britain.

In 2006, a movie telling this story was released. The movie title is, no surprise, Amazing Grace. It follows William Wilberforce, the member of Parliament who dedicated his life to abolishing the slave trade. Wilberforce was an outspoken Christian whose pastor was… John Newton. The movie is excellent, and even better because it’s a true story!