Amazing Grace written by Eric Metaxas on the life of William Wilberforce is one inspiring book. Eric excellently portrays the inner struggles and political challenges of William Wilberforce during his epic fight for abolition of slavery. Wilberforce, I learned, knew or met many influential people – Ben Franklin, John Wesley corresponded through letters, and countless others.
I was surprised to find out that one of my favorite authors penned this classic and honestly, I had never heard of Wilberforce until reading the introduction of Original Argument. Eric does an excellent job of stating that our history has forgotten this hero – even mentioning that Abe Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglas, and countless others said he is an inspiration and example and even the “conscious of a nation.” All I can say that if even half of the material presented in the book is true – Wilberforce is my role model. He took a stand when faced with the inhumane treatment of slaves during the shipping of them in the Middle Passage and he was fortunate to see his dream realized.
- Page 8 – We must throw ourselves on God’s mercy. Moral perfection wasn’t the answer: Jesus was the answer. So true…
- Page 53 – Wilberforce’s conversion was similar to St. Augustine’s, who came to intellectual clarity about the doctrines of Christian faith but was frustrated by his inability to conform his behavior to his beliefs.
- Page 121 – Wilberforce was surprised (so am I) by apathy when people are confronted with pure evil that they would yawn and shrug away and actually choose evil.
- Page 144 – Wilberforce’s first defeat in 1791, praised God and said thy will be done if not. Ultimately, John Wesley’s letter of support came after the abolition was defeated.
- Page 208 – I don’t honor the Sabbath like I should.
- Page 209 thru 211 –The historic 3 and final vote which officially abolished slavery. I was taken aback by pure emotion at the scene – What a power and well written account by Metaxas.
- Wilberforce was even humble in his death
- A few atrocities made the book like animal cruelty, the rituals of Indian women being burned along with their dead husbands and murdering of African slaves for insurance money will forever remain with me.
- I am also intrigued by or how Wilberforce gave his speeches – I would like to learn more.
This book occupied me from Feb 12 2012 – Feb 18 2012. I will be forever humbled at how God can use anybody regardless of class, age, race, or belief.