Item description for Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas...
Overview Traces the life story of the English abolitionist from his birth, to the religious conversion that led to his life of activism, to his twenty-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, to his role in ending slavery in the British colonies.
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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.23" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.11" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2007
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0061173002 ISBN13 9780061173004
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More About Eric Metaxas
Eric Metaxas is a senior fellow and lecturer-at-large at The King's College in New York City, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
Eric Metaxas currently resides in New Canaan, in the state of Connecticut.
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model of uxoriousness Mar 31, 2007
"God almighty has set before me two great objectives: the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners" (Wilberforces's personal objectives) What an inspiration it was to read about the influence of man who awakens the better feelings of our nature. The intertwining lives of Granville Sharp who signed his name G# married Miss Flat and had seven childres named after the notes in a scale and the uxoriousness nature of Kinge George truly enhances the story line. If Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln hailed him as an inspiration and example, thats good enough for me. Charles Irish
AmazingGrace: Wilberforce etc. Mar 29, 2007
An outstanding, clearly presented account of Wilberforce and his times. Starting out as a non-believer, it tells how he came to Christianity--similar to how C.S. Lewis became a believer.
Entertaining and engaging Mar 28, 2007
There are Histories, there are Biographies, and there are Stories Worth Telling, and happily, this book sits well in the latter category. This was my introduction to the life and times of William Wilberforce, one of the "founding fathers" of human rights, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Metaxas' book is both less and more than a work of scholarship, and both in good ways. He has a keen sense of the historical significance of the era and also its intriguing details (the practice of "bull-baiting" was new to me), and has a storyteller's instinct for providing context that is illuminative but not exhaustive, like his treatment of the French Revolution. Metaxas does lend a lively wit into the telling, but it feels genuinely appropriate to his subject, as if there was an actual kinship there. His inferences as to the inner workings of Wilberforce's mind are graceful and understated, and are never attempts to tart up the story with gratuitous dramatic flourishes, as is the temptation in historical writing.
So this is not an all-encompassing "warts-n'-all" portrait of a man, but neither is it some pedantic exercise in hagiography. In fact, it could be said that this isn't even really a book about Wilberforce. He is merely the main character in a story which is not just astounding but astoundingly true, and which has implications as profound for our era as they were in the 18th century. Maybe the best compliment you could give a book is to say, paradoxically, that it does NOT make me want to read it again, but instead has sparked my interest in reading more about its subject, and this book has done that.
A Great Story, Centered on Fact and Carried with Emotion Mar 28, 2007
Metaxas does an excellent job of telling the story of William Wilberforce and his lifelong crusade to abolish slavery and provide meaningful social reform. The book is an inspiration for all. Wilberforce, while born into wealth and a long standing member of Parliament, never accepted the easy way, but worked carefully to improve the lot of others, and especially to abolish the slave trade,and slavery in Britain. If only we in America had the advantage of a Wilberforce to do the same and avoid the deaths of 620,000 combatants in our horrible Civil War. This book will inspire you. The simple goodness and Christianity of Wilberforce is a beacon for us all. Several reviewers of this book have been critical of the lack of an index and implied that the work is not serious; I maintain that it is indeed serious and relevant to this day and age. If they have their doubts, then perhaps they should journey to Wilberforce University, in Ohio, and ask the question of the students there if William Wilberforce made a difference. And if they then want to make a difference themselves, they could make a gift to that very university so that young people hungry for education can have a chance at it, and make William Wilberforce proud.
Wilberforce brought to life Mar 27, 2007
Wilberforce is an inspiring figure and Metaxas brings him to life through humor, empathy, and a concern for the modern reader's perspective.