At the center of this heroic life was a passionate 20-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.
This account of Wilberforce's life will help many to become acquainted with an exceptional man who was a hero to Abraham Lincoln and an inspiration to the anti-slavery movement in America.
©2007 Eric Metaxas; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
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.
One of the best and most inspiring Bios I have ever listen to.
Wilberforce taking his old friend professor of physics to coach to travel to France and although, he found discussing reason for living and God inconvenient at first during the journey coming back to Christ.
E.G. Wilberforce reciting Bible verses during his journey from parliament to his home.
Sort of, but probably too long to grasp it in one sitting, but I have been so joyful about the story and so inspired by it, I have finished it twice.
Highly recommended. Mr. Wilberforce legacy is still at work. Just last year book by famous whistle blower has been published by his foundation, nobody else was so bold to let it be printed!
Yes, so my wife and daughters could learn about what a Hero does.
The Iliad, because I like to sound intelligent.
He is an emotive speaker that holds my attention like a boss.
The part about the Abolution of the slave trade was neat.
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