Saturday, February 7, 2015

Fierce Convictions: A Book Review

About The Book:

With a foreword by Eric Metaxas, best-selling author of Bonhoeffer and Amazing Grace.
The enthralling biography of the woman writer who helped end the slave trade, changed Britain’s upper classes, and taught a nation how to read.
The history-changing reforms of Hannah More affected every level of 18th-Century British society through her keen intellect, literary achievements, collaborative spirit, strong Christian principles, and colorful personality. A woman without connections or status, More took the world of British letters by storm when she arrived in London from Bristol, becoming a best-selling author and acclaimed playwright and quickly befriending the author Samuel Johnson, the politician Horace Walpole, and the actor David Garrick. Yet she was also a leader in the Evangelical movement, using her cultural position and her pen to support the growth of education for the poor, the reform of morals and manners, and the abolition of Britain’s slave trade. 
Fierce Convictions weaves together world and personal history into a stirring story of life that intersected with Wesley and Whitefield’s Great Awakening, the rise and influence of Evangelicalism, and convulsive effects of the French Revolution. A woman of exceptional intellectual gifts and literary talent, Hannah More was above all a person whose faith compelled her both to engage her culture and to transform it.
About The Authors:
Karen Swallow Prior is professor of English at Liberty University. She is the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me and contributes to Christianity Today , The Atlantic, andRelevant magazine, among other publications. She lives in Amherst, VA.
Eric Metaxas is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, BonhoefferAmazing GraceSeven Men; and Miracles. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages. ABC News has called Metaxas a “witty ambassador for faith in public life.” He speaks to thousands around the United States and internationally each year. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
My Review:
Fierce Convictions is a book that is so full and rich with history that one needs to read through it more than once to truly appreciate and understand the importance of the person highlighted in the book.
It is a biography of one of the most important women in British history, but really world history. 
The book is very nicely organized, following her life from childhood, to helping the poor, to fighting for abolition and freeing slaves. The author does a wonderful job of telling the reader about the life and work of Hannah More, and it's definitely a history that all women should read. The book was very engaging and well-written as well. As well I loved the forward by one of my favorite authors, Eric Metaxas. 
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Fierce Convictions online here, through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the Thomas Nelson, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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