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5.0 out of 5 stars a great book from a great man, 11 July 2011
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It is great that a man like William Wilberforce, the great abolitionist, wrote that his determination to abolish slavery came from his Christian conviction.
Most of this book is a comparison between the hypocritical worship of the English middle class of his time compared to real Christianity. I was amazed to see that, even though this book was first published in 1797, many of the issues criticized by the author are still true today in many churches. Nevertheless, the situation in today's churches is much worse.
It is sad that very few Christians have read this book. This is a classic, the kind of work that everyone should read, the kind of book that really makes one think.
A must have in every Christian's library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meaty spiritual food, 18 July 2013
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I read this book all the way through and it was so good I immediately went back to the beginning to read it all again! The author paints a sad picture of the hypocrisy and sham religion in his own generation and he explores the underlying motives of the heart and principles of action that cause people to behave that way. He stresses the need for genuine Christians to watch their own hearts lest they should succumb insensibly to the same fake way of living. The author maintains a humble attitude throughout the book, never condemning people but at the same time not mincing his words in warning people of the dire eternal consequences of settling for a hollow hypocritical religion. I can understand why this book made such a huge impact on many people in Wilberforce's day and I think every Christian would do well to read it today. I cannot think of any modern book written on this subject that delves so deeply into the motives behind people's outward religious appearances. It is a gem of a book which I shall probably re-read periodically for the rest of my life.

Wilberforce's style of English seemed to me to be perfectly comprehensible throughout, even if sometimes I had to read a sentence twice to make sure I really understood the slightly old fashioned grammar. The book's editor has helpfully inserted definitions of very archaic words into the text.

Hendrickson has done an excellent job publishing this book with a solid and stylish binding, good quality paper, and clear print. Superb value for money. Go for it!
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A Practical View of Christianity (Hendrickson Christian Classics) by William Wilberforce (Hardcover - 30 Oct. 2006)
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