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Amazing Grace Audiobook

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

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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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    "Extraordinary"

    Thank you to Eric Metaxas for a well researched and truly wonderful biography. Wilberforce was an instrument of God for the good of mankind.

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    Jefe 08-09-17
    Jefe 08-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A wondrous life"

    This is a great biography of one of the most under appreciated men in our modern world. This is also another great true life history of how true earnest faith in Jesus Christ transforms a person to live beyond his own narrow purposes to a life of transcendent beauty and purpose. It is a true story of what price is paid for what we now take for granted. It teaches how great causes are won with unflagging determination of united people. It gives us an idea of what it takes to bring about great and good purposes. It shows how the heroes of an age don't set out to be heroic but become so by virtue of the light of example that commands respect. Well worth the time.

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    Stephen 07-18-17
    Stephen 07-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Must listen"

    It is amazing to think that one man had such a profound impact on the entire world and history past and not yet written. Everyone should know this story.

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    Jacob Reynolds 06-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story great reader"

    This is my second book read by Johnny Heller. He does a great job.

    As for the book I have loved the movie for years and the book delivered on that excellent expectation

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    Nathan Swanson 02-17-17
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    "Good Primer"

    A good primer on Wilberforce. Strong prose from and good subject treatment from Metaxas, as always. Performance was ok-he mispronounced a bunch of words and his pacing was mismatched with the text at times. Overall, though, this book is worth your time.

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    Ryan Borkan 01-24-17
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    "Everyone should know this story"

    This book and story was told in a captivating way. Everyone should know the story of William Wilberforce. Loved some of the mini biographies within the greater one.

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    Julia 11-09-16
    Julia 11-09-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Life changing History!"

    Life changing History. I will listen to this again and again for inspiration. He is a true HERO!

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    APenney 10-17-16
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    "Great biography of a great man."

    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.

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    "Abolition in England"

    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.

    Good read!

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    "A moving tribute to a righteous man"

    Loved the book. Compelling narrative of a heart-moving story. This is a moving tribute of a righteous man.

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