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.
- Needs a different reader
The book is probably good. I will have to read it myself to find out. Sadly the reading was so difficult to follow that I could not get as much out of the book as I should have.
- Poor quality of reading and digital recording
My low opinion is not the book. It is the quality of the audio book. I rely heavily on audio books for my "reading" and the reader of this book has done a poor job. I had to double check that it was a human reader and not text-to-speech software reading. Plus there are gaps (I don't know how big) when the recording cuts off before the end of the sentence/paragraph/chapter as it reaches the end of a file. I feel like I need to actually read the book with my eyes on paper to get the full content. Disappointing. (Great book though)
- Engaging and informative
I enjoyed this insight into Hannah More. I had heard of her before but knew very little about her. This book satisfied my curiosity and helped me to better understand both Hannah and her world. I found myself wanting to keep listening.
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- slow start, but good
This book started off very slow. Once I got halfway through it, my interest picked up. In the end I learned a lot and enjoyed it. The reader reads too fast and does not pause long enough at the end of a sentence, that was a bit annoying.