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 superb man's life-it additionally tells us find out how to comprehend the final word resource of his greatness and happiness. furthermore, that figuring out is going a long way deeper than the abolitionist achievements for which Wilberforce is commemorated, wonderful notwithstanding they have been. William Wilberforce's mystery, as printed during this ebook, 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 opposed to 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 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 envision the ideals and motivations that spurred him on for many years. In this concise quantity, John Piper tells the tale of ways Wilberforce was once reworked from an unbelieving, younger flesh presser right into a greatly God-centered Christian, and the way his deep spirituality helped to alter the ethical outlook of a state. As international leaders debate over the way to care for a number 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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237. qxd 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 67 The Deeper Root of Childlike Joy 67 persevering in political justice that Wilberforce fought for it with relentless vigilance. ”29 Therefore, when we say that Wilberforce’s happiness was unshakable and undefeatable because it was beyond the reach of human vicissitudes, we don’t mean it was beyond struggle; we mean he had learned the secret of “the good fight” (1 Tim. 6:12), and that his embattled joy reasserted itself in and after every tumult in society and in the soul.
And the link between life and doctrine was prayer. He spoke in his book on Christianity of descending to the world from the “retired hours”: Thus, at chosen seasons, the Christian exercises himself, and when, from this elevated region he descends into the plain below, and mixes in the bustle of life, he still retains the impressions of his retired hours. , 123. Wilberforce, A Practical View of Christianity, 122. qxd 68 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 68 Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce angels, and of the spirits of just men made perfect, and of God the Judge of all” [Heb.
On one occasion in 1820, thirteen years after the first victory, he took a very controversial position with regard to Queen Caroline’s marital unfaithfulness and experienced a dramatic public outrage against him. , 215. qxd 50 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 50 Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce on low popularity when after 40 years [of] disinterested public service, I am believed by the Bulk to be a Hypocritical Rascal. ”9 Probably the severest criticism he ever received came in August 1823 from a slavery-defending adversary named William Cobbett, who turned Wilberforce’s commitment to abolition into a moral liability by claiming that Wilberforce pretended to care for slaves from Africa but cared nothing about the “wage slaves”—the wretched poor of England.
Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper