St. Louis, MO – At a time when
people are losing everything and feeling hopeless, Rev. Burton Barr Jr. reminds us
with his second book, “Amazing Grace,” that the storm is indeed
passing over. After being held down by a mob, while they injected
heroin-filled needles into the veins of a young minister, of age 21; Rev.
Burton Barr Jr., was not aware of the 20 year struggle that awaited him. Rev.
Barr gives 22 lessons and examples of how God restored him through faith and prayer,
and allowed him to beat every addiction, put his criminal past behind him, and overcome all hopelessness.
"God tends to use someone with issues, so that they can become a
Billboard for how good God is." - Rev. Burton Barr Jr.
"Amazing Grace: The Storm Is Passing Over"
One stormy Chicago winter, while walking
with my father, a sudden snowstorm arose. Having left my gloves at
home—thinking it wasn’t cold enough to wear them—I had to put my hands in my
pockets. My father said, "Son, if it's cold enough for you to put your hands
in your pockets, it’s cold enough for you to wear your gloves." Dad took his
gloves off and handed them to me. We made it home safely through the storm. We
all go through difficult times in our lives. However, we don't realize how
much trouble we’re in until the rough times turn into a storm. God has already
given us everything we need to survive any storm—His Word. Instead of reading
it and applying it to our lives, we leave it at home, closed up, sitting on
the dresser. Amazing Grace tells us that God will forgive us no matter
what we've done and that we can be used to fulfill His Will.
ABOUT REV. BURTON BARR JR.
Rev. Burton Barr, Jr. has served as an
associate minister of the West Side Missionary Baptist Church since 1994. Barr
serves as director of the Prison, Substance Abuse, and Outreach Ministries,
director of prison ministry for the Missionary Baptist State Convention of
Missouri, and the Berean Missionary Baptist District. He is commissioner of
prison ministry for the National Baptist Convention U.S.A., Inc., chairman of
the St. Louis Clergy Coalitions Law and Order Committee, and member of the
Coalition of Prison Evangelist (C.O.P.E.), the Eastern Missouri Coalition to
Abolish The Death Penalty, and the Missionary Baptist Ministers Union of St.
Louis & Vicinity. Barr is the author of the best selling autobiography,
“The Hoodlum Preacher”, which is currently being Developed into a film.
The Storm Is Passing Over (Book Info)