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Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce [Paperback]

Jonathan Aitken , John Piper
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9 Jan 2007
John Piper recounts the story of William Wilberforce: his
fight for the abolition of the African slave trade and against slavery in
the British Empire, and the beliefs and motivations that drove him for
decades in the face of obstacles.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (9 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581348754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581348750
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 13.4 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 824,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here is the story of the great slave trade abolitionist, and
its implications for Christians today. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"John Piper's succinct and superbly perceptive study of William
Wilberforce deserves to become an acclaimed bestseller. It not only tells
the story of a great man's life--it also tells us how to understand the
ultimate source of his greatness and happiness. Moreover, that
understanding goes far deeper than the abolitionist achievements for which
Wilberforce is honored, astounding though they were. William Wilberforce's
secret, as revealed in this book, was that he made the journey from
self-centeredness, achievement-centeredness, and political-centeredness to
God-centeredness. And he made it with Christlike joy."
--Jonathan Aitken

Against great obstacles William Wilberforce, an evangelical Christian and a
member of Parliament, fought for the abolition of the African slave trade
and against slavery itself until they were both illegal in the British

Many are aware of Wilberforce's role in bringing an end to slavery in Great
Britain, but few have taken the time to examine the beliefs and motivations
that spurred him on for decades. In this concise volume, John Piper tells
the story of how Wilberforce was transformed from an unbelieving, young
politician into a radically God-centered Christian, and how his deep
spirituality helped to change the moral outlook of a nation.

As world leaders debate over how to deal with a host of social justice and
humanitarian crises, a closer look at Wilberforce's life and faith serves
as an encouragement and example to all believers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Motivating force in Wilberforce 17 July 2007
Jonathan Aitken writes a glowing apprciation of this book in his foreword but John Piper is the author of the book. If you want a brief biography of Wilberforce this is the one to read. It is short and easy to read and tells you what motivated the great reformer. It was his evangelical Christian faith which he evidenced in a joyful personality despite his long struggle to abolish the slave trade, his personal infirmities and problems with his errant eldest son. This was a man who was transformed by his Christian faith. He could probably have been prime minister, but he eschewed personal advancement. If I have one small criticism it is that Piper has produced something of an hagiography with no really critical evaluation of Wilberforce. For this one should read Tomkins. For the answers to Wilberforce's critics, read Hague.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book about the motives of Wilberforce 13 Feb 2010
This is the first biography of William Wilberforce I had read, and it is really an account of his motivation. Other areas of his life are mentioned in passing at most. This book does not really give an all-round picture of Wilberforce, but this does not seem to be Piper's intention. He intends to study Wilberforce's motives, and this he does well. It is an enjoyable book to read, and gives a good account of what made Wilberforce tick, but if you want to know more about his life in general buy another biography in addition to this one. Either way, this book is definitely worth your while.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay 17 Mar 2014
By t
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This book is written about William. I think it would've been a clearer account if they included all the other individuals that were involved in the abolition, because this wasn't achieved by just one man. A good read by all accounts, but read other accounts also.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a full biography but inspiring 12 Mar 2014
By Jim
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This is not really a full biography of Wilberforce. It does not give much detail on his fight for the abolition of the slave trade. However it does give a very good idea of his motivation and what drove him. A good starting point for understanding Wilberforce before reading a more complete biography such as those by Garth Lean or William Hague. An inspiring little book that is well worth reading.
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I found it an excellent exposition of W.Wilberforces' campaign against slavery, though of course there was much to be done
after he died to bring about abolition and it is obvious that much remains to erradicate the practice of slavery in many forms
across this earth where we all live!!
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