"In the Torah," observes Chaya Saskonin, a member of Brooklyn's Lubavitch Jewish Community, "women are called akeret ha-bayit, the foundation of the home.  That doesn't mean washing dishes.  It means educating our children in everything we think about life.  That's the nature of what a mother is."4

And so it is.  It's also the nature of the God who made mothers; the God who weaves each one of us together in the womb (Psalm 139:13) and shelters us under His wings like a brooding hen (Psalm 17:8; Matthew 23:37).  This is the same God who, in His infinite wisdom and mercy, both gives and takes away: the God who granted John Newton an excellent parent for his early spiritual upbringing, only to remove her from his life at an unexpected hour.  It seemed a cruel blow.  But the upshot was that John, in the fullness of time, became "an unusual proof of His patience, providence, and grace."5

No wonder they call that grace "amazing."

Maternal Grace
In the beginning, there is grace.

1John Newton, introduction by Bruce Hindmarsh, "The Life and Spirituality of John Newton" (Vancouver, BC: Regent College Publishing, 1998), 17.
3Ibid., 18.
4Quoted in "A Faith Grows in Brooklyn," by Carolyn Drake.  National Geographic, February 2006.
5Newton, Hindmarsh, "The Life and Spirituality of John Newton," 18.

Excerpted from "Finding God in the Story of Amazing Grace." Copyright 2007 by Kurt Bruner & Jim Ware.  Used by permission of SaltRiver Books (an imprint of Tyndale House Publishers).

Kurt Bruner is a graduate of Talbot Seminary.  He has authored books with combined sales of over 500,000 copies.

Jim Ware studied at Fuller Theological Seminary and is now a writer living in Colorado Springs with his wife and six children.  Jim's books include "God of the Fairy Tale" and "Finding God in the Land of Narnia."

Bruner and Ware are the co-authors of "Finding God in the Lord of the Rings" and "Finding God in the Land of Narnia."