Amazed by God's Grace
Amazed by God’s Grace
Overcoming Racial Divides by the Power of the Holy Spirit
Larry Oney endured years of adversity and racial prejudice as a child in a sharecropping family on a plantation in northern Louisiana and into his high school years in New Orleans. Black, proud, and angry, his life began to pivot toward hope when a mysterious white woman offered his family a random act of kindness. Amazed by God’s Grace reveals what it took to bring Larry from resentment to hope and eventually into the Catholic Church, where he now serves as a deacon. Deacon Oney’s insights, love of Scripture, confidence in the Holy Spirit, and pure joy will encourage anyone looking for hope and inspiration in a difficult world. Insightful and thought-provoking meditations follow each chapter.
“Amazed by God’s Grace is a deeply personal testimony, both of the debilitating impact of racism in the life of a young boy and of the power of God’s grace to heal and transform. Larry Oney offers us a moving witness of how encounter and understanding can bring healing and hope to relationships marred by racism. This is a message we all need to hear today.”
–Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
“Thank you, Deacon Larry, for giving me the opportunity to read these reflections on your life and on the important topic of racism and to grow in God’s wisdom through you.”
–Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans
“Part memoir and part tool for spiritual reflection and growth, Amazed by God’s Grace is a beautiful story of prejudices relinquished, of faith discovered, and ultimately, of a heart changed. In today’s racially charged climate, Larry Oney outlines a much-needed path to personal healing.”
–Gretchen R. Crowe, editor-in-chief, OSV Newsweekly, and author of Why the Rosary, Why Now?
“Drawing from a rich family history and a life filled with overcoming insurmountable odds, Amazed by God’s Grace is a primer of how faith, hope, and love can serve as soothing ointment over the cavernous wound caused by hatred and division. This book is a source of profound healing that will greatly enrich the offering of our lives before God.”
–Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, author, Ignite: Read the Bible Like Never Before
“As a former white supremacist, I would have once seen Larry Oney as my mortal enemy. As a Christian, I now see him as my brother in Christ. I thank God that he led both of us to his love and his Church, which heals all wounds, turning enemies into true neighbors.”
–Joseph Pearce, author, Race with the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love.