Amazing Grace movie biography author to speak in Hughes
WILMORE, KY—Eric Metaxas, author of Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (but were afraid to ask) and thirty children’s books, will be on Asbury College’s campus Feb. 14. Metaxas is speaking about his most recent book, Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, during chapel services at 10 a.m. in Hughes Auditorium and will sign copies of the biography published by HarperSanFrancisco immediately following chapel at 11 a.m.
Metaxis’ book is being released Feb. 6 in conjunction with the Bristol Bay Production of the feature film, Amazing Grace, which is due out in theaters Feb. 23. The biography chronicles Wilberforce’s struggles and achievements as a human rights activist, cultural reformer and member of Parliament. At the center of this heroic life was a passionate 20-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, a battle Wilberforce won in 1807, as well as efforts to abolish slavery itself in the British colonies, a victory achieved just three days before his death in 1833. The releases of the biography and feature film mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade.
Asbury College media communications students and professors were also involved with the production of an educational resource DVD about the amazing abolitionist’s life. This DVD has been distributed to more than 50,000 faith leaders and politicians to promote the movie, Amazing Grace. The media rich project includes a number of original documentaries created by the Asbury team as well as the film trailer, exclusive movie clips, educational resources and other partner contributions. The DVD is used to help tell the story behind William Wilberforce’s historical abolitionist efforts in England and to help spread the word about modern day versions of his 20-year struggle to end the slave trade.