Metaxes is witty and engaging. He immerses the listener in the history and culture of the story, without sounding like an endless list of days and numbers. By the end of the book, I felt like I had met Wilberforce and experienced his struggles and joys by his side.
I enjoyed this book set in England in the late 1700-1830's about abolition of slavery.
I am not a historian. I find all the details of Wilberforce' life are so interesting, given that some of the same issues are still evident in our society today.
The strong Christian thread that runs throughout this biography is appealing to me, as well.
I learned about that era in England, it's societal issues, family values, religious and political environments.
If you're super interested in William and/or slavery, then this is probably worth reading. As a biography in general though, it's underwhelming. The book does not give a particularly nuanced picture of him (possibly because of a lack of letters/documentation/resources) in that it portrays him as basically perfect. The book devotes no time to any sort of "dark side" except that he was perhaps too hard on himself (if that even counts as a personality flaw.) In contrast, the book goes of lf on several tangential monologues about how much character it took to stand up against slavery. Granted, it DID take a lot of guts, but I would've liked a more balanced portrayal of a man who must have had some failings. In short, the author's bias for his subject shows through.
It seems ironic to put those two words together, but the very relatable and inspiring history of Wilberforce's life combined with the wit and detail of Eric Metaxas have pulled me through this book in just over 2 sittings.
The reading of Johnny Heller is also exceptional in lending character to this already exceptional book.
Highly recommend- this reading is both beneficial and hard to put down, a rare combination in these days when stories without virtues are so prevalent.
Wonderful story of faith put into practice even in politics. Shows that living for Christ makes the difference, not other things like politics
A part of human history which most people do not know. The author began by highlighting the conditions in England at that time and told the story how one man changed it. Much more than a book about slavery.