Over the course of my life I have spent a great deal of time reading. I love to read. I love the places it takes me and the people I meet. I especially value historical fiction. I have always preferred it to nonfiction probably because most nonfiction is a little flat in the "story" part of things. This isn't always true of historical nonfiction though, and that holds my attention and touches my heart in an entirely different way. It is someone else's real story--their life in words.
I just finished reading The Emancipation of Robert Sadler on my Kindle App. This was one of the most powerful and difficult books I have ever read. He was sold into slavery--by his father--at the age of five. In 1916. Yes, 1916. It was his account of his life, very honestly told. I was deeply troubled by the book, but troubled in a way that made me think. How did this kind of thing go on when the Civil War ended slavery in 1865? It was such a blatant display of the totally depraved heart of man that it was hard to process. So many people lived this way! He wasn't the only one.
Mr. Sadler's story is a powerful one of the work of the Savior--how Christ changes lives. His life began in such poverty and fear--living in terror of his own father. The suffering he endured and witnessed should never have been. It was extremely difficult to read in places. His witness for His Savior is powerful. What Christ did in his life was nothing short of miraculous. I serve a living and active God!
"..so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light."
Robert Sadler is walking with the Lord in his inheritance and in His light even now. His witness to me through the book--of the power of God to transform lives in every day events as well as giant grief--was beautiful and compelling. I know His Lord. He is rich in mercy to me every day. I hope you know Him too.