By John Piper
"John Piper's succinct and fantastically perceptive examine of William Wilberforce merits to turn into an acclaimed bestseller. It not just tells the tale of an exceptional man's life-it additionally tells us the best way to comprehend the final word resource of his greatness and happiness. additionally, that knowing is going a ways deeper than the abolitionist achievements for which Wilberforce is commemorated, brilliant notwithstanding they have been. William Wilberforce's mystery, as published during this e-book, was once that he made the adventure from self-centeredness, achievement-centeredness, and political-centeredness to God-centeredness. And he made it with Christlike joy." -Jonathan Aitken opposed to nice hindrances William Wilberforce, an evangelical Christian and a member of Parliament, fought for the abolition of the African slave alternate and opposed to slavery itself till they have been either unlawful within the British Empire. Many are conscious of Wilberforce's function in bringing an finish to slavery in nice Britain, yet few have taken the time to envision the ideals and motivations that spurred him on for many years. In this concise quantity, John Piper tells the tale of the way Wilberforce was once remodeled from an unbelieving, younger baby-kisser right into a significantly God-centered Christian, and the way his deep spirituality helped to alter the ethical outlook of a kingdom. As international leaders debate over find out how to care for a bunch of social justice and humanitarian crises, a more in-depth examine Wilberforce's existence and religion serves as an encouragement and instance to all believers.
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6 He anonymously visited in prison a famous infidel named Richard Carlile who was imprisoned for his blasphemous writings. ” To which Wilberforce replied, “No, no, Mr. ”7 Missions and Mercy Across the Miles His zeal for the gospel and his compassion for perishing people were extended from personal relationships at home to places as far away as India. ”8 Seven years later “Wilberforce . . , 119. , 205. , 258. , 235. qxd 44 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 44 Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce enthralled the House .
It is a singular fact,” Buxton said, “that on the very night on which we were successfully engaged in the House of Commons, in passing the clause of the Act of Emancipation—one of the most important clauses ever enacted . . the spirit of our friend left the world. ”12 William Cowper wrote a sonnet13 to celebrate Wilberforce’s labor for the slaves which begins with the lines, Pollock, “A Man Who Changed His Times,” 90. , 91. 13 Thy country, Wilberforce, with just disdain Hears thee by cruel men and impious call’d Fanatic, for thy zeal to loose the enthrall’d From exile, public sale, and slavery’s chain.
232. Everett, Freedom Fighter, 70. 9 Pollock, Wilberforce, 267. , 261. qxd 60 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 60 Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce Interested in All and Interesting to All There was in this childlike love of children and joyful freedom from care a deeply healthy self-forgetfulness. ”11 The effect of this self-forgetting joy was another mark of mental and spiritual health, namely, a joyful ability to see all the good in the world instead of being consumed by one’s own problems (even when those problems were huge).
Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper