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

by Eric Metaxas

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Wilberforce was quite a man. After becoming a Christian he dedicated the rest of his life to helping the less fortunate people in the world. He is remembered for his fight to end the British slave trade in England in the late 1700s and early 1800s. The trade was awful on so many levels, but one of the worst aspects was the blatant disregard for the lives of the slaves themselves. You would think that they would at least be kept healthy because they were considered valuable property. Unfortunately, something slave traders could make more money by throwing the slaves overboard to drown and then collecting the insurance money, just horrific.

This biography reminded me so much the recent Thomas Jefferson biography I read. Both were avid readers and intellectuals who did some incredible things in their lives. They lived life to the fullest, always wanting to do more and to help everyone that they could.

One striking thing about Wilberforce’s life was the constraint strain of sickness that hindered his actions. Instead of using his physical ailments as an excuse to do less, he powered through them, sometimes near death, and achieved more than most of us will in our entire lives.

It was also disturbing to hear how corrupt and England was during that time period. The slave trade was not the only deplorable things happening during that century. Prostitution was at an all-time high. The average age of the prostitutes was 16 and 25 % of unmarried women were prostitutes! One of the main forms of entertainment was called bull baiting. The breed of bulldogs was actually created as the perfect type of dog that could be trained to attack bulls until they would fight back.

BOTTOM LINE: A powerful biography about a man who gets very little recognition. Highly recommended along with the other Metaxas biography on Bonheoffer.

Pair with a viewing of the film version of the book Amazing Grace and The Madness of King George. I rarely recommend pairing a book with the movie version, but in this case I think the film makes Wilberforce a bit more emotionally accessible. The other film focuses on the disease which strikes the King during that time period. His medical case and the resulting political upheaval are mentioned multiple times in the book. It had a direct impact of the fight against slavery because the leadership was in question at the time. ( )
  bookworm12 | Jul 12, 2013 |
Amazing Grace tells the story of little-known William Wilberforce. At a young age, Wilberforce went through a dramatic conversion to Christianity, and spent the rest of his life living his faith out — fighting for the abolition of the British slave trade, as well as a number of other human rights issues. He saw Jesus loving “the least of these” and made that his life’s work too. Despite being a very small man (in stature) and having a sickly countenance, he managed to do more within his life than most of us could do in a hundred. Still, he got to the end of his life, and lamented that he could have done so much more. I found his story incredibly inspiring and I think you will too. If you don’t feel like reading the whole biography, the movie version, also called Amazing Grace, is quite good.

Read my full review here: http://letseatgrandpa.com/2011/03/20/book-review-22-amazing-grace-by-eric-metaxa... ( )
  letseatgrandpa | Mar 23, 2011 |
A very inspiring story of a man passionate for God, passionate for the freedom of the slaves, and delightful to be around. Oh that those of us today who share Wilberforce's passions could be a blessing to those who disagree, as he was. ( )
  Steve777 | Dec 17, 2010 |
William Wilberforce lived a fascinating and inspiring life. Unfortunately, this book fell far short of matching the caliber of its subject matter. The writing style showed no sign of an editor. Almost every sentence appeared hastily written. The author, who I understand is a humorist by background, would often insert jokes or plays on words that were at best distracting and at worst embarassing in a what is supposed to be a serious biography. His frequent use of hyperbole rather than accurate description wass equally off-putting. The author is obviously deeply sympathetic to Wilberforce's conversion to Methodism, which I can understand. I don't expect the book to be completely impartial, but the failure to make any effort at a balanced picture makes this more of a tract than a biography. The author's research seemed shallow. One wonders whether he looked at any primary sources or was simply relying on other biographies, which must have been better written. I see that several other Wilberforce biographies are currently available. I will be looking to one of them for access to the real Wilberforce. ( )
  RogerRamjet | Sep 7, 2010 |
William Wilberforce was a man of amazing grace: generous in the sense of giving of his time and efforts, and in his faith in people to do the right thing.

This biography looks at Mr. Wilberforce's life and, in particular, his fight to end slavery. It is very well written, with many witty turns of phrase. The author has obviously researched his subject well, and equally obviously is a major William Wilberforce admirer.

I had not heard of Mr. Wilberforce before reading this book and am surprised that his outstanding contribution to the world is not more widely taught in schools and more generally know. This book makes an important contribution. ( )
  LynnB | May 2, 2009 |
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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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