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Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery | [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 (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 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.
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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 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.

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    Rachel 02-04-15
    Rachel 02-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic book."

    A phenomenal work of art, capturing a phenomenal historical figure, the impact of whose life can never be overestimated. I highly recommend it.

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    Michael Athens, AL, USA 12-03-07
    Michael Athens, AL, USA 12-03-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Truly a Great Book"

    I would hate to think where we would be at today without William Wilberforce. Truly this was a man whose life changed history. This book is well written, interesting, and well read. I would recommend it highly.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Idaho Falls, ID, United States 03-25-13
    Roger Idaho Falls, ID, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Another fine book from Eric Metaxis"

    We often forget what had to happen in the past to make our life what it is today. I have been interested in the life story of William Wilberforce because he was a man greatly admired by Charles Colson. In fact, Colson's organization, Prison Fellowship, gives an annual award to the person that most exemplifies William Wilberforce. I am a great admirer of Charles Colson.

    William Wilberforce grew up in a family where religious practice was not a focal point. When he converted to Methodism, it was a great scandal and his family did all they could to wean him from this belief. Despite some ups and downs, William remained a Methodist all his life. In that day, to be a Methodist was to be outside the mainstream where religion was in words but not in deeds.

    William was a key political player and was a life long friend of William Pitt who was a political leader of England for quite a long season. Despite their differences on slavery, they remained friends. This is to both of their credit. William's life mission was the ending of the slave trade and the horrors that this visited on Africans (and on all who were so engaged, such as John Newton of Amazing Grace fame who was a mentor of Wilberforce). Despite several near misses on passing legislation to end the slave trade, it took over thirty years to finally make it happen.

    I found the book to be full of information that I didn't know and plan to listen again after a season to pick up additional insights. My compliments on a great listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 03-21-13
    Michael 03-21-13 Member Since 2011

    My goal is to read 52 books in 1 year! I read 33 last year!

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    "Great topic, dry book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book was wonderful, but not easy to listen too for long periods of time. It isn't so much of a story as a series of facts and mini anecdotes.


    What three words best describe Johnny Heller’s voice?

    intelligent, un engaging, not colorful.


    Was Amazing Grace worth the listening time?

    It was worth it. He was an amazing man.


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    Donna United States 01-30-13
    Donna United States 01-30-13
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    "Wonderful story of destiny"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Story of how a person is used when and where they are to affect the world. Great History lesson


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Amazing Grace?

    Failure does not mean ultimate defeat, just part of the journey toward success


    Have you listened to any of Johnny Heller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If ever one is called to greatness, this is the man


    Any additional comments?

    Have any of us come to where we are for a purpose?

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    Bebe El Dorado, AR, United States 01-24-11
    Bebe El Dorado, AR, United States 01-24-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent biography"

    I've listened to several biographies in the past couple of years. I sometimes can't wait for the person to die so the book will be over. On this one I cried when Wilberforce died. I think this book is as good as Metaxas' book on Bonhoeffer.

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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 12-11-12
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 12-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Just okay"

    I expected to like it and there were some good stories. I found after a while, I just wanted to stop listening and read a Wikipedia article about Wilberforce instead, which I did. The narrator's voice was annoying and made me appreciate the incredible skill that we get used to in most audiobooks.

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    Joseph Wolkowicz 04-12-10 Member Since 2010
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    "A must listen!"

    I found this book very well written and very interesting. I WILL recommend this work to all of my friends. I was only generally familiar with the work of this great,yet humble man. How is it that this generation is unaware of the work of this remarkable individual. I am going to listen to this again right away!

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    Dale Anacortes, WA, USA 11-17-09
    Dale Anacortes, WA, USA 11-17-09
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    "Story of a Saint"

    This book is more of a hagiography than a biography. Wilberforce was an important and interesting character, but a biography by a writer who did not so closely seem to identify with Wilberforce's religious beliefs would be more interesting.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Church Hill, TN, USA 12-05-07
    Ronald Church Hill, TN, USA 12-05-07
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    "Amazing Grace is amazing"

    What a wonderful life and book. In these days when it seems all we hear is bad news this book is refreshing and a real blessing!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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