Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper

By John Piper

"John Piper's succinct and beautifully perceptive learn of William Wilberforce merits to develop 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. furthermore, that realizing is going some distance deeper than the abolitionist achievements for which Wilberforce is commemorated, remarkable even though they have been. William Wilberforce's mystery, as printed during this publication, 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

Against nice stumbling blocks William Wilberforce, an evangelical Christian and a member of Parliament, fought for the abolition of the African slave exchange and opposed to slavery itself until eventually they have been either unlawful within the British Empire.

Many are conscious of Wilberforce's position in bringing an finish to slavery in nice Britain, yet few have taken the time to ascertain the ideals and motivations that spurred him on for many years. during this concise quantity, John Piper tells the tale of ways 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 nation.

As international leaders debate over easy methods to take care of a bunch of social justice and humanitarian crises, a better examine Wilberforce's lifestyles and religion serves as an encouragement and instance to all believers.

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Minor work on the legislation took several more days. “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.

117. 26 Holladay, “A Life of Significance,” 72. qxd 56 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 56 Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce Wilberforce did not set out to gather a strategic band of comrades to strengthen his cause. It came together because of the kind of man he was and the compelling vision he had of what a public Christian life should be. ” Together they accomplished more than any could have done on his own. ”28 27 28 Pollock, Wilberforce, 118-19. Pollock, “A Man Who Changed His Times,” 88.

15 In fact, I think one of the reasons Pollock, Wilberforce, 185. Wilberforce, A Practical View of Christianity, 12. , 119. qxd 62 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 62 Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce Wilberforce did not like to use the word “Calvinist,”16 although the faith and doctrines he expresses seem to line up with the Calvinism of Whitefield and Newton,17 was this very thing: Calvinists had the reputation of being joyless. Lord Carrington apparently expressed to his cousin Wilberforce his mistrust of joy.

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