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on 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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on 13 February 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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on 12 March 2014
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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on 26 December 2015
It's very short (76 pages) and is about his motivattions rather than his life. It was interesting but I felt it was poorly written. Not only did it have lttile detail, I found some of it difficult to read and it seemed to jump around a bit so I didn't follow in certain places.
I got bored at about age 40-50 but finished it just to finish it.
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on 27 October 2013
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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on 17 March 2014
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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on 17 April 2015
The man should never be forgatten. he was an 'Amazing' Example
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on 18 June 2016
Not what I expected, but that's my fault.
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on 6 September 2014
A gift
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