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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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    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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    Marjorie H. Pendleton 09-11-16
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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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    Amazon Customer 08-30-16
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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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    Justin Houston Russellville, MO United States 06-20-16
    Justin Houston Russellville, MO United States 06-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing"

    very well done, I learned not only about wilberforce but much about history during that time.

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    Matt 06-02-16
    Matt 06-02-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I cried"

    I never knew about Wilberforce before. afterwords I can safely say he is my hero of that era and unashamedly say that I cried a bit at the end of this biography. amazing book

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    Davy 04-25-16
    Davy 04-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I give it a B"

    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.

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    Samuel Hudnet Alameda, CA 03-16-16
    Samuel Hudnet Alameda, CA 03-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Thrilling Biography"

    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.

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    Anthony J. Cappoferri Hartford, WI USA 03-10-16
    Anthony J. Cappoferri Hartford, WI USA 03-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    This book was simply fantastic. One of the best biographies I have read. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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    Ira 01-15-16
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    "Christians can live their faith in any place"

    Wonderful story of faith put into practice even in politics. Shows that living for Christ makes the difference, not other things like politics

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