Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper

By John Piper

"John Piper's succinct and beautifully perceptive research of William Wilberforce merits to turn into an acclaimed bestseller. It not just tells the tale of a very good man's life-it additionally tells us tips to comprehend the last word resource of his greatness and happiness. furthermore, that knowing is going a long way deeper than the abolitionist achievements for which Wilberforce is venerated, striking although they have been. William Wilberforce's mystery, as published during this e-book, used to be 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 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 position in bringing an finish to slavery in nice Britain, yet few have taken the time to check the ideals and motivations that spurred him on for many years. during this concise quantity, John Piper tells the tale of the way Wilberforce used to be reworked from an unbelieving, younger baby-kisser right into a considerably God-centered Christian, and the way his deep spirituality helped to alter the ethical outlook of a nation.

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

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Resided in adjoining homes in a suburb of London called Clapham Common, functioning as one. 26 J. Douglas Holladay, “A Life of Significance,” in Character Counts, 72. Pollock, Wilberforce, 102. , 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.

14 On top of this family burden came the death of his daughter Barbara. In the autumn of 1821, at twenty-two, she was diagnosed with consumption (tuberculosis). She died five days after Christmas. Wilberforce wrote to a friend, “Oh my dear Friend, it is in such seasons as these that the value of the promises of the Word of God are ascertained both by the dying and the attendant relatives. . , 268. From the diary, April 11, 1819. The official biography written by his sons is defective in that it portrays Wilberforce in a false light as opposed to dissenters, when in fact some of his best friends and spiritual counselors were among their number.

A cold . . ”19 So for Wilberforce, joy was both a means of survival and perseverance on the one hand, and a deep act of submission, obedience, and worship on the other hand. Joy in Christ was commanded. And joy in Christ was the only way to flourish fruitfully through decades of temporary defeat. It was a deep root of endurance. ”20 But What about the Hard Times? The word “seeking” is important. It is not as though Wilberforce succeeded perfectly in “attaining” the fullest meaWilberforce, A Practical View of Christianity, 45-46.

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