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Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  378 ratings  ·  42 reviews
John Piper's biography of William Wilberforce takes readers beyond Wilberforce's battle against slavery and explores the beliefs and motivations of this influential evangelical politician.
Paperback, 76 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by Crossway Books
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Very brief look at Wilberforce's life and campaign for the abolition of slavery. The focus is on Wilberforce's life after his entry into politics and mainly how he managed to endure so many years of rejection and setbacks in his campaign before finally achieving success. Piper calls this the "root of his endurance" which he then fleshes out over a few chapters. I felt like Piper tried to force some of his language and terminology on Wilberforce and like he read Wilberforce's main work ("A Practi ...more
Dan Curnutt
There have been many books written about the life of William Willberforce. You will find other books that have a much more detailed accounting of Willberforce's life. But Piper has given us a short little vignette that gives a clear picture of the man more than a clear picture of his theological and political prowess.

This is a good book for a group discussion starter about the life of a saint and his persistence in the calling that God placed on his life. Piper points out the following about Wil
En este libro de John MacArthur nos presenta la vida de William Wilberforce desde su vida como cristiano. Nos narra como Wliberforce luchó por abolir la esclavitud en Inglaterra durante mucho tiempo y cómo a pesar de muchas derrotas nunca se dio por vencido. El saber que Dios estaba de su lado y el saber que Dios no hace acepción de personas fue lo que lo mantuvo en esta lucha contra la esclavitud y fue lo que en los días más difíciles de su vida lo sacó adelante. Desde el comienzo del libro Mac ...more
Wayne S.
William Wilberforce (1759 –1833) was an English politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. Despite a misspent youth, he began his political career in 1780 and eventually became the independent Member of Parliament for Yorkshire. In 1785, he underwent a conversion experience and became an evangelical Christian, which resulted in major changes to his lifestyle and a lifelong concern for reform. In 1787, he came into contact with a group of anti-slave-trade ...more
Bob Hayton
I have finished Piper's little book Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce. It was excellent! You should look into getting some for evangelistic reasons, as people will be interested when you tell them that this is the 200th anniversary of the banning of the slave trade (by Britain).

The last two chapters were most captivating, as they looked into Wilberforce's contagious Christian joy and his beliefs on the importance of doctrine. The book is available to read for free online, and it w
John Gardner
William Wilberforce is one of my favorite historical figures, and John Piper is one of my favorite authors, so I knew I really wanted to read this book! Before I get into the review, though, I should tell you what this book is not.

It is not a full-length, detailed biography of Wilberforce. Many excellent such books exist, including the recent work by Eric Metaxas which was the companion to the 2007 movie "Amazing Grace", which focused on Wilberforce's efforts to abolish slavery in Great Britai
Georgia Herod
Because I had read Metaxes' biography of William Wilberforce and am familiar with Piper's writing, I was compelled to read this insightful commentary on the transformation of Wilberforce's life after He became a Christian and his perseverence in loving God and transforming the world in which he lived. And he did! Piper refers to Wilberforce's book, A Practical View of Christianity, in which Wilberforce asserted that "true Christianity, which consists in these new, indomitable spiritual affection ...more
If you're looking for a detailed biography on William Wilberforce, this is not it. But if you're curious as to how Wilberforce faithfully lived his life despite political turmoil, personal illnesses and losses, and other difficulties.. this is it. Instead of describing his life and then applying the "Amazing Grace" in his life, the author, Piper, looks at key principles of the idea of GRACE and explains how it is exemplified in Wilberforce's life. It's a quick read, only 70 or so pages. It's sat ...more
Samuel Schmidt
A great little introduction to the gospel-driven legacy of this man. Not super detailed but rich enough to get a glimpse into how God used this man in some very significant ways.
Ryan Thomas
Great introductory work, with an emphasis on gospel rooted joy in Christ, and the necessary sequence of good doctrine preceding and producing GOD works.
John Downer
Good, quick overview of Wilberforce's life, accomplishments and the ideas and philosophy that grounded him and spurred him on. Now I'm moving on to the longer Eric Metaxas biography.
Dr. David Steele
A superb look at the British man who single-handedly abolished the slave-trade industry in the UK.
Cheated, bought the audiobook! Loved every second!
I was shocked to find it only 80 pages or so long. But each of those pages was filled with really inspiring, uplifting, get-out-and-start-working words that kept me flipping through.

I think it's less of a biography as it is a background. Why Wilberforce did what he did, what drove him to do it for years and years with nothing happened but fails.

So, if you're interested in Wilberforce, I would highly, highly recomend this. I would also recomend, however, that you get a biography to go along with
Though only 76 pages long, this book shed much light on the life of this admirable man. I delved into this book knowing very little about him, other than his work in abolishing the slave trade.I was very much surprised at finding out about his deep, strong life lived for Christ! As a Christian, I was greatly encouraged and convicted by the time I was finished reading. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a true glance into William Wilberforce's life, and what really motivated him ...more
Mark A Powell
William Wilberforce was born into a life of privilege and power but following his conversion to Christianity, devoted the rest of his life as an elected official to the abolition of slavery. It was a hard-fought, decades-long battle, but Wilberforce endured. As Piper points out in this brief account, Scripture’s teaching of human equality coupled with his personal faith in Christ motivated Wilberforce to persevere. His gospel-driven tenacity stands as a clarion call to Christians today.
I have become a huge fan of Wilberforce ever since the movie, "Amazing Grace" came out in 2006. This was an extremely, easy read but a very inspirational one as well. Wilberforce faced a lot of opposition but never gave up because his cause was just. He had political opposition and enemies, difficult family problems and health issues but he was an optimist rooted in his joy in the Lord and had the support of his friends.
I"m not sure if this is the right book but I do know that I read the book Amazing Grace. It was really boring but the pictures were incredible and painted the picture for you. It's about this guy who steered a slave trade ship and when he saw the condition the slaves were he kept doing it but later on knew that he had to stop. A few pages on the slaves parts of the ship and those were really interesting.
Tina Nandi
I already knew quite a bit about William Wilberforce thanks to the movie made on his life called "Amazing Grace" but I wanted to know more! This book was easy to read and informative and it tells you more about what was happening in his life behind his great achievements...
Jul 16, 2015 Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
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Certainly not an exhaustive treatment of William Wilberforce's life, it is a great introduction to Giant in Christian history. Piper really covers the high points that reveal the essence of Wilberforce. I will admit bias towards Piper -- I devour everything he writes!
Listened to this on CD-- very short, only 1 disc. Gave some interesting insights into Wilberforce's thinking and background, but was extremely preachy-- but what can you expect, the author was a minister. Now I want to watch the movie "Amazing Grace" again.
Oct 13, 2008 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All professed believers
This book is a nice, quick read from one of the best theologians of our time. Dr. Piper does an excellent job, as he always does, of providing for the reader an accurate Christian and historical commentary on William Wilberforce.
Wilberforce and Piper had a lot in common it seems, but happily this book is about Wilberforce, not about Piper. Focusing on his faith as the foundation for his political acheivements.
This is a very good, and short, overview of William Wilberforce’s life and a very fair portrait of the fact that his faith in Jesus was what drove him to fight for social justice.
This is a very short book on Wilberforce. It was very good though. I might have to read a more in-depth book on his life for it is a very amazing one.
Michael Patrick
This is an interesting look into the life of Wilberforce. He was truly a remarkable man changed by an even more remarkable God.
Todd Hauptman
This book provides an incredible of an inspiring Christian leaders pursuit of justice and living out his very real faith.
A great encouragement to find joy, peace, and endurance in Christ by the doctrine of justification by faith alone.
Aug 23, 2009 Teri marked it as to-read
Interested in learning more about William Wilberforce after watching the movie "Amazing Grace."
Well written book about the Emglish member of parliament who led the fight to end slavery.
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John Piper is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethe
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“No true Christian can endure in battling unrighteousness unless his heart is aflame with new spiritual affections, or passions. “Mere knowledge is confessedly too weak. The affections alone remain to supply the deficiency.”1” 0 likes
“No man,” Wilberforce wrote, “has a right to be idle.” “Where is it,” he asked, “that in such a world as this, health, and leisure, and affluence may not find some ignorance to instruct, some wrong to redress, some want to supply, some misery to alleviate?” 0 likes
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