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.
May 29, ruth ann christensen rated it it was amazing. At the center of this heroic life was a passionate twenty-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, a battle Wilberforce won inas well as efforts to abolish slavery itself in the British colonies, a victory achieved just three days before grqce death in Wilberforce is unabashedly presented as a Christian hero.
What is a man and what make a man great? Published February 6th by HarperOne first published At heart, I would call the above faults, but I managed to overlook them and if you too can stomach an agenda not your own, then Amazing Grace will ring in your eri the chimes of glorious freedom! A chicken egg in the shape of the Taj Mahal!
I like the movie about Wilberforce, also called Amazing Grace and equally hagiographic, which has a particularly amazihg cast. Metaxas has a fun writing style, including a great sense of humor. 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. Their king has forgotten all about them — all because of the horrible Swamp Creatures that live in a suspicious green metaas.
Perhaps he looked to capture Wilberforce’s own gay sense of humor. Lots of fric, lots of personality, and such an inspiration to read. Also, King George III, famous for his episodes of madness, was given a concoction that included arsenicwhich, it turns out, actually induced episodes of insanity. Before Wilberforce, few thought slavery was wrong. I appreciated that effort.
Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas
At the center of this heroic life was a passionate twenty-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, a battle Wilberforce won in xmazing, as well as efforts to abolish slavery itself in the British colonies, a victory achieved just three days before his death in We have many parallels today.
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This book is fantastic. Wilberforce engaged his generation and challenged them. Available at You Tube [image error]. He was raised by Christians and taught faith in God.
A Member of Parliament for forty-five years, the results of his efforts are still seen and understood in Western society to this day. 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.
The cavemen need help! We can make a difference for others, and we do that best as we seek to develop and utilize the gifts that God has given us to bless others. From the book’s tone, I would guess Metaxas is, if not Methodist, at least a like-minded Christian. Wilberforce’s greatest challenge was not to abolish the slave trade, but to change the hearts, minds, and the conscience of the most greedy and corrupt beings possible to imagine.
Jul 24, Steve rated it liked it.
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.
It chronicles his extraordinary contributions to the world, primarily his year fight to abolish the British slave trade, which he won in Wilberforce is a true hero. Wilberforce as the greatest social reformer in world history? Moody said, “The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to him.
Eric Metaxas’ Amazing Grace does an admirable job in reminding us who deserves the credit in passing the laws that put an end to the legalized trade in human lives.
Metaxas is a noted writer about Christianity and philosophy, and mrtaxas book is clearly pretty heavy with these roles. And nothing about civil rights activities taken by inner group of Wilberforce along with many others in India, Sierra Leone, Haiti or about how Napoleon upon leaving Elba capitulated and emancipated the slaves almost immediately as ploy to deflect English anger. As we think about the evils that plague contemporary society we can have hope that minds, hearts and attitudes can change.
Refresh and try again. Jun 20, Jason Koivu rated it liked it Shelves: Wilberforce was a historical figure, a longtime English parliamentarian, who is among the most intriguing people in the history of Christian involvement in politics, and this book does a good job of putting the man and his time under the microscope for reade 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.
For some mftaxas there are several pages describing the inglorious squabbles of George IV and his estranged wife Caroline of Brunswick, because Wilberforce met with Caroline once in an attempt to mediate between them.
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.
Metaxes’ book on Bonhoeffer a little better. But only a few of these good characters lived their lives in a way that showed that their lives were not their own.