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Amazing Grace tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce (). This accessible biography chronicles Wilberforce’s. Eric Metaxas (Goodreads Author). · Rating details · 4, ratings · reviews. Amazing Grace tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist. In Amazing Grace, Eric Metaxas’ new biography of Wilberforce, which was timed to coincide with the release of a film by the same title (which.

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Something similar and more successfully would be done in Haiti. And once they finally had a victory, the years and decades spent to reinforce those laws and to create support for the displaced slaves who were finally freed.

Mar 26, Jessica rated it it was amazing. In the parts where Metaxas describes young Wilberforce’s worldview and where Metaxas describes the on-going arguments of Parliament, slaveship owners, and other participants in Parliaments’ decisions to eliminate the slave trade and later to emancipate slave. It is a noble subject, but Metaxas actually uses sarcasm and like humor nearly through out and, while funny at times, it’s off-putting in a biography.

It is a book I treasure and will share with my friends. That argument is strained well past the point of incredulity and ignores or distorts outright significant parts of the historical record. I first learned of Wilberforce by watching movie Amazing Grace.

Preview — Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas. I am embarrassed that I am waited so long to read it.

It totally captivated me. Metaxas is a noted writer about Christianity and philosophy, and this book is clearly pretty heavy with these roles.

As far as “literary rating” or readability I’d say that I liked Mr. Third, I have seen the value of incremental change for Wilberforce was willing to accept incremental improvements.


He then faced a crossroads crisis. To just speak of the writing itself first, it was beautifully written and quite eloquent.

Metaxas has quite a bit of personality, but he mostly stayed out of the way that we might see Wilberforce the more clearly.

The book is an excellent brief introduction to the social and political landscape of late 18th century and explains why Wilberforce’s struggle was so hard. What do they tell us about ourselves? Following the legislation, improvements were made. How shall we then live? I actually read this book once before, more than a decade ago, before watching the excellent movie based on the life of William Wilberforce, but it was before the time I wrote reviews, and so I thought it worthwhile to read this book again.

Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery | Eric Metaxas

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. After Meaxas, most societies in the world came to see it as a great moral wrong. Metaxas points out that those who seek to fight against entrenched social evils are going to have a difficult time and are going to face some very serious hostility, even including the threat of violence.

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.

Metaxas has a fun writing style, including a great sense of humor.

Wilberforce was pre-Victorian, amqzing you might also say he helped make Victorian England possible. Though the bill implicitly and explicitly supported the continuance of slavery, Wilberforce saw it as a step in the right direction and was willing to support it.

He was a Christian who took his faith seriously to a radical degree and strove to serve God in every element of his life. The reader who presses on will be richly rewarded, not only with great content but even with some excellent prose, a brief example of which I will provide here.


Review quote “The little-known story of the lifelong struggle of a member of Parliament to abolish slavery in the British Empire. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He is born at the perfect time, has the perfect experiences, has the perfect connections, has the perfect political status to become a Great Agent for Good.

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Dec 01, Rick Dobrowolski rated it it was amazing. This accessible biography chronicles Wilberforce’s extraordinary role as a human rights activist, cultural reformer, and member of Parliament. Wilberforce was a historical figure, a longtime English parliamentarian, who is among the most intriguing people in the history erlc Christian involvement in politics, and this book does a good job of putting the man and metaaxs time under the microscope for readers [1].

Published February 6th by HarperOne first published By this account, Wilberforce was a deeply compassionate and fiercely ambitious man, utterly convinced that slavery was abhorrently wrong, and determined to fight until the institution was legally crushed.

Looking for beautiful books? To ask other readers metazas about Amazing Graceplease sign up. Wilberforce was given opium most of his life for his GI tract ailments. God delivered a Thanksgiving miracle: It seems as if the centralization of the British imperial order is what allowed the morality amaznig Wilberforce to prevail when it became widespread enough within British society.

That the name of William Wilberforce has largely been lost to history seems somehow unfair. After reading I felt like I knew the man as well as the cause.