Hearts & Minds BookNotes

annotations, blurbs and ruminations

to enlarge the heart & stimulate the mind

and to happily generate mail order business for Hearts & Minds bookstore

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Location: Dallastown, PA

My lovely wife Beth and I own and operate--proprietors makes us sound more classy than we really are--a cluttered, diverse and independent bookstore in Central Pennsylvania. After well over 20 years, we are still not sure what to say when people ask if our shop is a "Christian bookstore." I do a monthly book review column over at our website; we hope that these new blogged bits will afford friends and customers the chance to see other books I happen to be reading, wishing to read, pretending that I read or at least believe that others should, if not read, know about. We have three children, attend a Presbyterian church in York, PA and have no hobbies.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

William Wilberforce and Amazing Grace

I am grateful for the York Sunday News for allowing me to be a guest columnist from time to time, and my first piece of the new year was on William Wilberforce. You may have seen my February 9th blog posting about the fine new book about him by Eric Metaxas. Check back to get the overview of that one, Amazing Grace and another very important book, Not for Sale by David Batstone about the contemporary abolition movement.

Here, though, you can read my essay about the need for heroes, William Wilberforce's tenacious campaign against slavery, singing Amazing Grace at Jubilee and the fabulous new film that we need to support this weekend. Enjoy.

See the film trailer, here.