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Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery: Library Edition [Anglais] [Lecteur digital à contenu audio pré-chargé]

Eric Metaxas , Johnny Heller
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“A fine and important book.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“The little-known story of the lifelong struggle of a member of Parliament to abolish slavery in the British Empire.” (USA Today) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

Présentation de l'éditeur

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 twenty-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.

To mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade, HarperSanFrancisco and Bristol Bay Productions have joined together to commemorate the life of William Wilberforce with the feature-length film Amazing Grace and this companion biography, which provides a fuller account of the amazing life of this great man than can be captured on film.

This account of Wilberforce's life will help many become acquainted with an exceptional man who was a hero to Abraham Lincoln and an inspiration to the anti-slavery movement in America.

--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

Détails sur le produit

  • Lecteur digital à contenu audio pré-chargé
  • Editeur : Findaway World; Édition : Unabridged (1 janvier 2008)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1602529485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602529489
  • Dimensions du produit: 20,3 x 12,1 x 3,8 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Peu recommandé pour l'agregation 10 octobre 2008
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Très intéressant mais manque de détails sur les débats abolitionnistes et anti abolitionnistes eux mêmes; c'est une biographie de William Wilberforce pas un compte rendu de la campagne qualifiée d'héroïque menée par celui ci ( "the heroic campaign to end slavery" ).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Untiring eloquence breaks the chains of slavery 22 février 2007
Par B. D. Weimer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I purchased this book with low expectations, assuming it was a hastily-written biography produced to promote the upcoming Wilberforce film. I was very pleasantly surprised.

The author, Eric Metaxas, has produced a masterpiece worthy of its subject. Metaxas is an eloquent and fluid writer, and he brings to life one of Britain's most gifted and eloquent politicians.

William Wilberforce electrified Parliament in his early years, before he yet had a cause. His silver tongue and quit wit won him many friends, including Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger. Had Wilberforce continued along this path, he might well have succeeded Pitt.

With respect and sensitivity, Metaxas documents a powerful change to Wilberforce. Through a serious and intelligent conversion to Evangelical (Methodist) Christianity, Wilberforce's life was forever altered. His heart was changed ... to God and humanity. He could no longer ignore the sufferings of African slaves, kidnapped and shipped under horrible conditions to a living death in Britain's Caribbean colonies. He brought his faith to bear on politics ... as controversial in his day as in ours.

Metaxas dramatically shows how much Wilberforce suffered for the sake of abolition. He faced powerful and dangerous foes without fear or malice. By the force of his stubborn will, Wilberforce awakened the British conscience. He refused to turn back, despite many bitter setbacks. Returning to Parliament year after year, Wilberforce finally saw the abolition of the slave trade in 1807. Then, mere days before his death, he witnessed Parliament's history-changing vote to outlaw slavery throughout the British colonies.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing Results 6 février 2007
Par Peter G. Hawkins - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
In this biography Eric Metaxas traces William Wilberforce's roots, schooling, friends and faith to gain an understanding of what propelled the man to take on and defeat the powerful and politically connected slave traders/merchants of the late 18th century. It is a wonderful look into a period of time where one man leads a groundswell movement that results in an about face in Great Britain's perception of the slave trade, and ultimately slavery itself - a tidal wave that crossed the Atlantic to the U.S.
I would highly recommend "Amazing Grace" to anyone, not just for it's historical significance, but for those with a mind to effect change in their own community.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Story Behind the Movie 25 février 2007
Par Robert W. Kellemen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Eric Metaxas provides the story behind the movie "Amazing Grace." Whereas the movie somewhat down-plays Wilberforce's Christianity, Metaxes' book clearly hightlights Wilberforce's faith in Christ as the primary motivator for his campaign for the end of slavery.

Metaxas vividly portrays the real and raw experiences that Wilberforce endured including intense opposition. Readers see in Wilberforce, as the subtitle suggests, a heroic and resilient Christian whose faith impacted not only his life, but the lives of millions.

It was Wilberforce's freedom from the slavery of sin that led him to fight for freedom from the sin of slavery. Read "Amazing Grace" and learn the rest of the story.

Rewiever: Bob Kellemen is the author of Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction , Spiritual Friends, and Soul Physicians.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Forgotten Hero Reintroduced to All of Us. 27 décembre 2009
Par MommyHuggin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
After seeing the movie, Amazing Grace, our 12 year old daughter chose William Wilberforce as a school Language Arts project. When she submitted her "topic" to her teacher, the teacher said, "I have no idea who he is." Admittedly, before the movie, we, too, had never heard of him. Whereas the movie skims over this man's life, this book allows you to get to know him, as a man and as a public figure. You will know his weaknesses and his strengths. You will learn that he championed many other causes which helped usher in the Victorian Age in England. He was at the center of the campaign to abolish slavery in the British Kingdom. His abilities as an orator kept the abolisment of slavery at the forefront of Parliament for decades. He did not do it alone and this book does not insinuate that he did. This book, "Amazing Grace", is about William Wilberforce and it is well done.

I would not recommend it for 6th, 7th, or 8th graders. Some of the material on slavery was very rough, but necessary. We had to edit the book and cross out sections which she shouldn't read.

I think all adults should read this book. William Wilberforce's life is inspiring, to say the least.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Better than the Movie 4 février 2008
Par Michael A. Heald - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas is the New York Times bestseller about the life of William Wilberforce. The subtitle describes the theme: The heroic campaign to end slavery.

I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Metaxas's book because he so obviously liked and admired his subject. In the epilogue he writes, "I confess that while writing this book I sometimes had the happy sense that Wilberforce was present, or on the verge of it, twinkling with delight at my elbow, wearing that rosebud smile of his, head quizzically cocked."

However, it is Mr. Metaxas's sharp wit and skill with words - not his admiration - that brings Mr. Wilberforce to life and illuminates the dark underbelly of the Georgian era that arose from the unfeeling and unquestioning pursuit of the enlightenment. I sputtered in startled amusement when Mr. Metaxas described the public ox roast that William Wilberforce hosted when he stood for Parliament the first time, an event that had occurred in

"1809 to celebrate to Golden Jubilee of King George III, and another was held in 1887 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Victoria. And here now, in Hull in 1780, an ox roast was held to celebrate the twenty-first birthday of the grandson of the late Alderman, the scion of the great Wilberforce family, a tiny, brilliant, and exceedingly ambitious young man who happened to be standing for Parliament in the general election just two weeks away . . . .
It was duly noted that the newly minted twenty-one-year-old had won exactly as many votes as his two opponents combined, which gave him a nice little push as he entered parliament--the ox had not twirled in vain."

Mr. Metaxas writes with empathy as well as with a sharp wit. Without understanding the oppressiveness of the Georgian society, one cannot understand William Wilberforce's achievement. After describing the "cruelty, vulgarity, and hopelessness" of the poor, Mr. Metaxas describes "prostitution, which was so rampant one can scarcely imagine it. No less than 25 percent of all unmarried women in London were prostitutes. There were brothels that exclusively offered the services of girls under fourteen, and the average age of a prostitute in London during those years was sixteen."

And Mr. Wilberforce persevered and overcame, becoming the voice of conscience for his society.

Mr. Metaxas is at his best when he describes the life of William Wilberforce--his upbringing and early life that planted the seeds of his later life, but nearly caused him to turn his back on his great calling--his friendships, his marriage, and the effects of the multitude of setbacks on Mr. Wilberforce. Though absorbing, the text becomes drier when Mr. Metaxas focuses on the issues themselves, particularly the slave trade, rather than on the person of Mr. Wilberforce as he participated in those issues.

The Faith Discussion Guide at the end of the text is particularly welcome. The study of the great actions of a humble man may edify, but the application of the principles of those actions can change our lives, the lives of those around us, and our society--if we allow it.
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