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Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery [Paperback]

By Eric Metaxas (Author)
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Item description for Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas...

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, and his role in ending slavery in the British colonies.

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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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Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Christian Century - 11/13/2007 page 39

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperOne
Pages   297
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.02" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.78"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 14, 2014
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0061173886  
ISBN13  9780061173882  

Availability  3634 units.
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More About Eric Metaxas

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

Eric Metaxas has published or released items in the following series...
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Reviews - What do customers think about Amazing Grace-Softcover?

A True Hero, His Story Is Botched in this book  Apr 28, 2010
After seeing the movie, which I found well done, compelling and inspiring, I read the book. It is anything but. Disjointed, lots of name dropping of folks not really discussed and repetitive. A good editor was badly needed! The lack of a serious bibliography is troubling as is the lack of an index. In general, if this style suits you, read it happily. If not, there are probably better books.
Writing style distracting and awkward  Apr 26, 2010
It was obvious that the author also writes children's books. His attempts to be as witty as the man he writes about and use of awkward modern references to illustrate characters or events was extremely distracting. I desperately tried to ignore the writing style and concentrate on just the facts b/c the subject is so compelling but, sadly, I couldn't make it past chapter 3 and am now reading a different biography of Wilberforce which I feel is much better written.

I prefer reading a biography that describes events and facts without diluting the subject down with a constant interjection of the author's own personality.

Amazinging Grace William Wilburforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery  Feb 6, 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The biography gives a very good background of the problem of slavery in a very interesting manner. I especially appreciated the way the author treated the man who was Wilberforce. He was not a superhero, but a man who fought with all that was in him against a heinous practice. Through perseverance and hard work Wilberforce triumphed over the system of slavery that had been accepted and acceptable for ages. I recommend it to anyone who wants to be inspired by greatness.
Amazing Grace - an account of one man's determination on behalf of others  Feb 6, 2010

Excellent account of one of the most important events in the history of Great Britain which had a direct effect on America some years later. This is an outstanding example of the impact one young person can have on a nation and subsequently the world by following the instincts of his heart and remaining true to his mission for the long term benefit of his countrymen. The way we conduct our daily lives as it relates to those less fortunate all around us is a direct result of the passion displayed by Wm. Wilberforce regarding the responsibility of those that have for those that have not.
Life Changing Biography  Jan 1, 2010
Every once in a while you come upon an writer who is so gifted, eloquent and generous with his use of words and language that you literally can't put the book down, nor cease from pondering the powerful message his words convey. Eric Metaxas, author of Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery is one such writer. His biography of William Wilberforce brought the famous eighteenth century abolitionist to life once again to a generation who never knew him. For those of you who don't know the name Wilberforce, he was a British man of privilege who rose to power in Parliament at the young age of 24, met God, and passionately fought a twenty year battle to abolish slavery and a fifty year battle to win the emancipation of slavery throughout Europe (which finally happened just one day before his death in 1833). Not only that but Wilberforce also fought many other social injustice battles throughout his life and is credited for bring social conscious into existence. Eric Metaxas seemlessly pulls the reader into Wilberforce's world as though you were actually there. He smashes the myth that the era was sweet and romantic and exposes a world of utter moral corruption and lawlessness along with the shocking truth that 25% of all women in Europe were prostitutes during that time, alcoholism was a way of life for the privileged and poor alike, public slayings were condoned, and religion was tolerated but frowned upon. In the midst of this, Wilberforce chose to make his life count and make a difference, never giving up despite unthinkable opposition. As we devour the pages before us, Metaxas pierces the heart of his readers to ponder not only Wilberforce's impact on this world, but also to stop and ponder our own lives and to pray for guidance on what we were put here for, and how we can make a lasting difference during our short time we've been given on this earth. Thank you Eric...and keep writing. I can't wait to read your biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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