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Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery (2007)

by Eric Metaxas

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A good, easy to read biography of a guy most of us do not even know about. I have not read other biographies of Wilberforce, so they may be as good as this or better. This is a 5 star read because of Wiberforce. There were some author in sites towards the end that were worthwhile as well. ( )
  vanjr | Oct 4, 2015 |
William Wilberforce is a completely and utterly AMAZING man in British and even American history!!! To learn what he had accomplished made this book very interesting. Eric Metaxas, on the other hand, wrote this with such a bend toward Christianity and "selling" the glories of God that I would NOT recommend this book. If it were rating the subject matter, this book would receive 5 stars, but the author fails epically by inserting too much praise and glory of God. ( )
  olongbourn | Mar 1, 2015 |
Metaxas delivers again! After reading John Newton by Jonathan Aitken years ago (one of my top 5 favorite books), I just had to read this book. Wilberforce was a friend of John Newton (wrote the hymn Amazing Grace)and William Cowper (wrote the musical score to Amazing Grace) You will be delighted with the man Metaxas brings to life. Wilberforce is a real guy, with some extraordinary character traits - one of which is clearly patience as well as tenacity. A great read for everyone ages 15+.

I had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Metaxas speak when he introduced his new book (at the time), 7 Men. He is an engaging speaker - the kind of individual you would want to invite home for dinner and lively conversation. He has quite the sense of humor and electric wit! He autographed the two books I had - and they are my treasures!

Anxious to read Miracles by Metaxas and whatever else this storyteller has planned. ( )
  the4otts | Jan 14, 2015 |
Truly inspiring. A tremendous example of living out the Christian faith. ( )
  edhouseholder | Jan 10, 2015 |
This 2007 biography is of the wholly admirable William Wilberforce, who undertook in 1785 to have the slave trade banned and struggled to achieve that for 20 years, the prohibition of it coming in 1807. Wilberforce was in Parliament nearly 50 years and three days before he died slavery was forbidden in the British Empire--though owners of slaves were compensated for half of the slaves' value. The book relies on earlier biographies of Wilberforce and is didactic and wholly hagiographical as far as Wilberforce is concerned. I would have liked more detail in regard to the parliamentary efforts, e.g., could a member simply bring a bill up for debate, or was there some system which would bring the matter before Commons? The book is not very explanatory of procedure, but one must rejoice when Wilberforce's aims are achieved. The book tends to be didactic and hagiographical as to Wilberforce, though there is little doubt that Wilberforce is a most admirable figure in the history of Britain and the world. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061173002, Hardcover)

Amazing Grace tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce (1759-1833). This accessible biography chronicles Wilberforce's extraordinary role as a human rights activist, cultural reformer, and member of Parliament.

At the center of this heroic life was a passionate twenty-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, a battle Wilberforce won in 1807, as well as efforts to abolish slavery itself in the British colonies, a victory achieved just three days before his death in 1833.

Metaxas discovers in this unsung hero a man of whom it can truly be said: he changed the world. Before Wilberforce, few thought slavery was wrong. After Wilberforce, most societies in the world came to see it as a great moral wrong.

To mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade, HarperSanFrancisco and Bristol Bay Productions have joined together to commemorate the life of William Wilberforce with the feature-length film Amazing Grace and this companion biography, which provides a fuller account of the amazing life of this great man than can be captured on film.

This account of Wilberforce's life will help many become acquainted with an exceptional man who was a hero to Abraham Lincoln and an inspiration to the anti-slavery movement in America.

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Tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce, and his extraordinary role as a human rights activist, cultural reformer, and member of Parliament. At the center of this heroic life was a passionate twenty-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, a battle Wilberforce won in 1807, as well as efforts to abolish slavery itself in the British colonies, a victory achieved just three days before his death in 1833. This is a man of whom it can truly be said: he changed the world. Before Wilberforce, few thought slavery was wrong. After Wilberforce, most societies in the world came to see it as a great moral wrong.--From publisher description.… (more)

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