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Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery By Eric Metaxas Amazing Grace William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery Amazing Grace tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce This accessible biography chronicles Wilberforce s extraordinary role as a human rights a
  • Title: Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery
  • Author: Eric Metaxas
  • ISBN: 9780061173004
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery By Eric Metaxas 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 WilbeAmazing 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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    1. Eric Metaxas

      In a decidedly eclectic career, Eric Metaxas has written for VeggieTales, Chuck Colson, Rabbit Ears Productions and the New York Times, four things not ordinarily in the same sentence He is a best selling author whose biographies, children s books, and works of popular apologetics have been translated into than 25 languages.

    429 thoughts on “Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery”

    1. Amazing Grace is a biography written with WAAAY cheek than I expected The slight and frail English gentleman William Wilberforcewas the heroic and eloquent man at the head of the push to abolish the slave trade Wilberforce is a name not well known in America as perhaps it may be in England Right or wrong, we Americans think Lincoln when we think of the end of slavery Of course, slavery continues to this day Eric Metaxas Amazing Grace does an admirable job in reminding us who deserves the credit [...]


    2. I went 4 stars on this book, and then went back and gave it 5 As far as literary rating or readability I d say that I liked Mr Metaxes book on Bonhoeffer a little better Again that s in readability This book tends to have a lot of detail about the world and time of William Wilberforce that doesn t relate directly to the main topic The Heroic Campaign to End Slavery but does relate to him, his life, and touches on the main topic peripherally While it tends at times to slow the narrative a bit, it [...]


    3. Wow, this book is truly amazing And I almost had to skip over parts because of the descriptions of the horrible brutality that the slaves in the West Indies were subjected to I m just in awe of William Wilberforce and the men who fought so hard and so long year after year in the British Parliament, through Napoleon s war, etc to get the abolition laws to pass And once they finally had a victory, the years and decades spent to reinforce those laws and to create support for the displaced slaves wh [...]


    4. This book was as thorough as a history and as intimate as a diary After reading I felt like I knew the man as well as the cause Some passages are laborious, especially as the reading nears the end and anticipates the climatic ending Very enjoyable to revisit a most important historical movement.


    5. Wow This book is fantastic I am embarrassed that I am waited so long to read it Metaxes, as I already knew, is a remarkable writer, but this might be his best effort.


    6. D.L Moody said, The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to him By God s help, I aim to be that man I think he was wrong William Wilberforce was such a man, and Eric Metaxas captured his story beautifully If you ve never heard of Wilberforce, who waged a decades long campaign to abolish the slave trade and eventually Slavery itself in the British Empire in the 18th and early 19th centuries, this book is a highly accessible and rewarding introduction.



    7. This is an enthusiastic hagiography, an easy breezy read with a strong Christian perspective It s a little preachy, actually, with corny jokes thrown in to keep the congregation engaged I enjoyed the book pretty well, but I didn t know Metaxas was primarily a writer of religious works or I d have chosen a scholarly, objective biography This has a bibliography but no index or cited sources.It has a nice set of illustrations portraits of Wilberforce and his notable associates, a copy of the famou [...]


    8. Enjoyed this one fascinating subject and an easy read Amazing to read what Wilberforce achieved against all odds and interesting historically with it s references to the American Wars of Independence, French revolution, Napoleon and Kings George III and IV Wilberforce not only abolished slavery but also changed the way of thinking of his generation and helped to transform the church.


    9. Metaxas has a fun writing style, including a great sense of humor When it was almost a fad to be reading his biography of Bonhoeffer, I decided I wasn t that interested, but after having listened to the audio version of his biography of Wilberforce, I m considering looking into the Bonhoeffer bio as well.What a great story of perseverance decades of struggle to whip the moral conscience of a nation into shape Metaphorically speaking.


    10. Excellent book Things slowed up a bit toward the end, as life usually does, but I mostly did not want to put it down Aside from being a well written, well researched book, this is an important book Wilberforce s life deserves to be widely known I came into the book knowing that he was key in the fight for the abolition of the slave trade in England in the early nineteenth century, but that was about all I am thankful to know better now.His life has many lessons for us faith, perseverance, servi [...]


    11. The idealist William Wilberforce maneuvers his way through Parliament, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade.Amazing Grace 2006 Staring Ioan Gruffudd as William Wilberforce, Romola Garai as Barbara Spooner, Benedict Cumberbatch as William Pitt and Albert Finney as John Newton Available at You Tube image error


    12. I saw the movie that was inspired by this biography without knowing there was a book first The film became a favorite that I have watched many, many times Naturally, in reading the book I discovered many places where Hollywood took liberties with the facts of Wilberforce s life However, it did not fictionalize the amazing work of this man who led the charge to abolish the slave trade and eventually end slavery throughout the British empire.Eric Metaxas is a wonderful biographer His book Bonhoeff [...]


    13. William Wilberforce was clearly a remarkable fellow A physically small man 5 3 , 33 chest with poor eyesight and constant physical ailments who stood up to the moneyed interests of his day the British slave trade And won Think David and Goliath Apparently Wilberforce was one of the first to devote himself seriously to religion and then make that the basis of political action and social reforming rather than a traditional life in the church I saw the movie and if there is one major difference bet [...]


    14. Disclaimer This review covers only chapter 1 I was excited to start this book Metaxas is an engaging writer and Wilberforce has long been a favorite of mine That said, I m putting it down after the introductory chapter I believe Wilberforce was a good, and even potentially great, man I believe he made important contributions to society both in Britain and worldwide Yet Metaxas praise is embarrassingly over the top Wilberforce as the pivot of history Personally, I thought that moment came a littl [...]


    15. I ve read books about good people before The kind of people that you silently root for as you move through the pages But only a few of these good characters lived their lives in a way that showed that their lives were not their own William Wilberforce was one of these characters He would be the first to tell us that he was perfect only through the blood of Christ Yet this sinner lived a life that would do any of us well to model The last 50 to 100 pages were tough for me, not because of the stor [...]


    16. I m glad I had the opportunity to read this William Wilberforce continues to serve as a role model of Christ like servitude and undying ambition toward than one worthy cause I hope to someday visit his grave and reread the inscription on his tomb to commemorate a life well lived and remind myself of the importance of humility and action in standing up for those who are unable to do so for themselves.



    17. One way I know I love a book is that I feel a compulsive need to share it with someone as soon as I m done reading it That was certainly the case with this book The entire time I was reading it, I was talking to the people around me about it, and often reading passages aloud to however found themselves within earshot William Wilberforce has long been a hero of mine It was wonderful to learn about his early life and those who influenced and interacted with him I particularly appreciated how Wilb [...]


    18. This is probably one of the best books I have read in awhile To just speak of the writing itself first, it was beautifully written and quite eloquent I thoroughly enjoy Metaxas writing He brings warmth and humor to his writing that makes it seem like you re reading fiction.The story itself plays to the wonderful writing as well It is truly an incredible story To go in depth into the life of a man who, without exaggeration, decidedly changed history in the best ways possible Not just his pursuit [...]


    19. Audiobook 10h.4m.This book is a comprehensive biography of politician and activist William Wilberforce, whose life mission was to abolish the global slave trade with the ultimate goal of total emancipation and to bring about a reformation of common morals in Britain Though he mourned not doing , he saw the fulfillment of all three of these goals before his death By this account, Wilberforce was a deeply compassionate and fiercely ambitious man, utterly convinced that slavery was abhorrently wron [...]


    20. William Wilberforce is one of the great heroes of history, and the story of his fight and that of his allies against slavery is truly inspiring Eric Metaxas tells this story with clarity and energy and the result is very readable Metaxas comes at his subject from a decidedly Christian point of view, and this book doesn t even contain a pretense of scholarly detachment Wilberforce is unabashedly presented as a Christian hero This didn t bother me as much as I would have thought Metaxis may gloss [...]


    21. This book truly inspired me to consider a life in public service To learn of William Wilberforce s devotion to ending slavery as well as the other horrific practices of his day, and how he gave his energy and life to these causes, was very touching I am completely in awe of the depth of study that the author undertook and he wove it like an organic story which I truly enjoyed, though there were so many people he mentioned that I found myself getting a tad confused at times Overall Amazing.


    22. This story of a privileged young man who changed his heart and focus in his life for others is fantastic He gave his whole life to put an end to slavery in Britain and helped change the whole outlook on those less than us that was so prevalent at that time He championed the rights of all people and animals and did so with so much kindness and goodness in his heart.


    23. An important story, particularly in helping one to understand the ubiquity of slave trade in the 1800s The true story is a study in personal conviction, perseverance, and working within a system to change it The writing style is at times cumbersome, but the story is well worth the read.



    24. Remember, this is a review of the book, not the man fawning, saccharine, shallow, and oppressively proselytizing.



    25. Amazing history, God definitely intervened in Wilberforce s life His conversion, rise in Parliament, fight against slavery, wow I thoroughly enjoyed this book Did not care for the voice who did the audio, however His inflection and expression were odd


    26. William Wilberforce has been one of my heroes for a while now, though my learning about his life has been limited to illustrations in other books, the movie Amazing Grace, and chapters in surveys of church history This biography then was educational and encouraging, taking the reader deep into the life of this great servant of God.The picture painted of late 18th century England set a strong context for Wilberforce s story As a youth when he got too interested in serious evangelical, Methodist C [...]


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