Here is another review from our guest blogger Carol Worley.  Check out her reviews of Fireproof and More than Dreams

Amazing Grace is based on the life of William Wilberforce and his difficult struggle to pass legislation in the British Parliament to abolish slavery in England in the late 1700s. Wilberforce’s friendship with John Newton, a former slave ship captain, is the basis for Amazing Grace. Newton’s tormented memories of how the slaves were treated as they were transported to the West Indies and sold as common goods inspire Wilberforce to take up their cause and fight to change the laws in England.

Wilberforce’s conversion to Christianity is a major theme of Amazing Grace . Asked by his good friend, William Pitt, to serve in the government, Wilberforce feels he must inquire of the Lord as to whether he should take the position. His commitment to Christ is evident throughout the film. He has a reputation for being a friend to the poor as well as to the wealthy – always striving to do what is right for all.

When Wilberforce makes a motion to abolish slavery in Parliament, it is very obvious which legislators represent the slave traders in their districts. It reminds me of what some righteous lawmakers in America must endure in order to stand up for laws to benefit mankind – such as taking a pro-life stance on the floor of the House and Senate – in spite of popular opinion to the contrary. Fighting for what is right is still a battle in government on every level. Amazing Grace is a reminder that God-fearing men and women who will put purity before politics are needed in every aspect of government.

The film’s characters have strong English accents, so it takes a little extra concentration to understand what is going on throughout the film. It may not keep the attention of young children (under 12 years old) because of the historical setting of the film. Parents may want to be aware that there are a few uses of profanity throughout the film.

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