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Eric Metaxas, Bob Marshall, Chris Freund: Speaking Engagements You Won't Want To Miss

There are some events taking place next weekend around the commonwealth featuring exceptional speakers on a variety of topics. I encourage you to take advantage of one or more of these great opportunities. On Saturday, November 20 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., former Family Foundation Gala keynote speaker Eric Metaxas will be in Richmond at the Richmond Center for Christian Study to discuss his new book, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet and Spy (see Wall Street Journal review). Metaxas was on of our most popular gala speakers, mixing humor, a profound intellect and theological principle in his address. He is also the author of Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery. His presentation is at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 1101 Forest Avenue. For more information, click here.

Also on Saturday, Family Foundation Vice President for Policy and Communications Chris Freund will participate in a panel discussion on conservative principles at the annual Republican Party of Virginia Advance in Tyson's Corner. For more information click here.

On Sunday, November 21, from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. in the Virginia Commonwealth University Student Commons Theater, 907 Floyd Avenue,  Delegate Robert G. Marshall (R-13, Manassas), a patron of the 2006 Marriage Amendment to the Virginia Constitution that defines marriage as between one man and one woman, will defend the amendment against Sarah Warbelow, state legislative director at the Human Rights Campaign. The event, sponsored by the First Freedom Center, is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the parking deck at 801 West Main Street, across the street from the Commons.

Watch FRC Webcast Presentation By Former TFF Gala Keynoter, Best Selling Author Eric Mataxas

Our 2007 gala keynote speaker and author of the New York Times bestseller Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, Eric Mataxas, will lecture on his new work, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. The speech will be Webcast October 7, from Noon-1:00 p.m. by the Family Research Council (register here). Those who saw Eric that night know how engaging, entertaining and enlightening he is. Mixed in with intellectual discussion was a hardy blend of humor and poignancy. In fact, FRC used a review of ours in promoting the lecture. We're sure this lecture will be worth every minute of your time. This is what we think of Eric:

[Metaxas'] speaking style, a combination of edgy wit, charm, inspiration, evangelization, thoughtfulness and historical narrative of lessons learned and values by which to live, took the crowd through laughter, pensiveness, inspiration and motivation. The feedback on the entire night was tremendous, with unsolicited compliments calling it the best gala ever.

In his new book, Mataxas took on yet another historical figure whose religious conviction moved him to right injustice: The Lutheran minister Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who had a life mixed with religion and intrigue. Here's a synopsis of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy from Reed Business Information:

In this weighty, riveting analysis of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Eric Metaxas offers a comprehensive review of one of history's darkest eras, along with a fascinating exploration of the familial, cultural and religious influences that formed one of the world's greatest contemporary theologians. A passionate narrative voice combines with meticulous research to unpack the confluence of circumstances and personalities that led Germany from the defeat of WWI to the atrocities of WWII. Abundant source documentation (sermons, letters, journal entries, lectures, the Barman Declaration) brings to life the personalities and experiences that shaped Bonhoeffer: his highly intellectual, musical family; theologically liberal professors, pastoral colleagues and students; his extensive study, work, and travel abroad. Tracing Bonhoeffer's developing call to be a Jeremiah-like prophet in his own time and a growing understanding that the church was called "to speak for those who could not speak," Metaxas details Bonhoeffer's role in religious resistance to Nazism, and provides a compelling account of the faith journey that eventually involved the Lutheran pastor in unsuccessful attempts to assassinate Hitler. Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a powerful contribution to biography, history and theology.

Click here for more reviews, information and registration (in person or online).

"Come What May" In Harrisonburg July 12

The Valley Family Forum, a grassroots chapter of The Family Foundation, is offering a special invitation to attend the Virginia premiere of a new pro-life feature film entitled Come What May at the Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg on Saturday, July 12, with showings only at 3:00 and 5:30 p.m. Tickets (and more about the movie) are available in advance through Advent Film Group (click here), with discounts for families of four or more. Tickets also can be purchased at the door on the day of the showing. Proceeds from the movie will be shared with several Valley pregnancy centers. The movie is about Caleb and Rachel, two championship debaters at Patrick Henry College, who are caught in a tug-of-war between their parents, their conscience, their own budding romance, and Supreme Court differences over abortion and parental rights. The judges are stacked against them, but the greatest debate takes place before they ever enter the courtroom. The cast includes several Harrisonburg residents. 

Prior to the second screening, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., The Valley Family Forum will host a special reception. There is an additional charge for the reception and reservations are required. For more information, and to make reservations, contact 540-433-1577.

Come What May is produced by a new group of Virginia-based filmmakers who are committed to promoting Christian values through film. Director/Producer George Escobar is a Hollywood trained filmmaker who will be present at the premiere and the reception to introduce the movie and speak to guests. Also scheduled to attend are Escobar's co-producer, the screenwriter and several members of the cast.

This is the first of a series of movies planned for production over the next four years. The goal is not only to produce high quality family films but also to prepare a new generation of Christian filmmakers capable of producing and directing films like the highly successful Amazing Grace and Tales of Narnia series.

If you are in the area, we hope you plan to attend. Post your reviews here and let us know what you thought of Come What May, Bella and any other pro-life movies you may have seen recently.