By John Piper
"John Piper's succinct and fantastically perceptive examine of William Wilberforce merits to develop into an acclaimed bestseller. It not just tells the tale of a superb man's life-it additionally tells us how one can comprehend the last word resource of his greatness and happiness. furthermore, that realizing is going a long way deeper than the abolitionist achievements for which Wilberforce is venerated, unbelievable although they have been. William Wilberforce's mystery, as printed during this publication, 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 opposed to 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 function 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. In this concise quantity, John Piper tells the tale of the way Wilberforce was once reworked from an unbelieving, younger baby-kisser right into a noticeably God-centered Christian, and the way his deep spirituality helped to alter the ethical outlook of a kingdom. As international leaders debate over the way to take care of a number 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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This meant that Wilberforce’s life was threatened more than once. When he criticized the credibility of a slave ship captain, Robert Norris, the man was enraged, and Wilberforce feared for his life. Short of physical harm, there was the painful loss of friends. Some would no longer fight with him, and they were estranged. , 123. , 143. qxd 38 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 38 Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce international political ramifications. For example, if Britain really outlawed slavery, the West Indian colonial assemblies threatened to declare independence from Britain and to federate with the United States.
239. qxd 64 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 64 Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce sure of joy. There were great battles in the soul as well as in Parliament. ”21 We get a glimpse of how he fought for joy in these times from what he wrote in his notebook of prayers: Lord, thou knowest that no strength, wisdom or contrivance of human power can signify, or relieve me. It is in thy power alone to deliver me. I fly to thee for succor and support, O Lord let it come speedily; give me full proof of thy Almighty power; I am in great troubles, insurmountable by me; but to thee slight and inconsiderable; look upon me O Lord with compassion and mercy, and restore me to rest, quietness, and comfort, in the world, or in another by removing me hence into a state of peace and happiness.
Qxd 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 63 The Deeper Root of Childlike Joy 63 Joy Is Our “Bounden Duty” Here is a clear statement of Wilberforce’s conviction that joy is not optional: it is an “injunction . . ” Or as he says elsewhere, “We can scarcely indeed look into any part of the sacred volume without meeting abundant proofs, that it is the religion of the Affections which God particularly requires. . Joy . . is enjoined on us as our bounden duty and commended to us as our acceptable worship. . A cold .
Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper