He was called "the Washington of Humanity" by Italian statesman Count Pecchio, and "the best converser I have met with" as well as "the wittiest man in England" by philosopher and novelist Madame de Stael. He was praised by the...
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He was called "the Washington of Humanity" by Italian statesman Count Pecchio, and "the best converser I have met with" as well as "the wittiest man in England" by philosopher and novelist Madame de Stael. He was praised by the likes of Abraham Lincoln, and Edmund Burke said his oratory skills brought to mind the greatest orators of ancient Greece. A prime minister and contemporary of Wilberforce predicted that "millions unborn would bless his memory." Indeed, not a surprising premonition about a man who devoted twenty years to abolishing Britain's slave trade and another twenty-six years to abolishing slavery altogether in British colonies and elsewhere. Against a backdrop of adversity, from Britain's involvement in the world war with Napoleon's France to an equally entrenched mindset devaluing human life, Wilberforce worked tirelessly to accomplish his goal. He faced personal challenges in his health and family, and endured persecution for his efforts, ranging from stinging rebukes to physical assaults and death threats. Though he witnessed both soaring victories and the throes of defeat, he remained consistent. And that consistency--coupled with courage, devotion to Christ, and disregard for reputation and power--allowed him to triumph in the abolition of Britain's slave trade. Whether you are an avid student of history, a pupil of prominent leaders of the past, or simply someone who reads for pleasure, you will enjoy author Kevin Belmonte's vivid account of the life of William Wilberforce.
Dramatized in the major motion picture Amazing Grace, the story of William Wilberforce is the remarkable account of how one man's vision, courage, and relentless pursuit of justice brought freedom to thousands and changed the course of history. 'That the greatest and most successful reformer in all history is almost unknown today is a crying shame. Kevin Belmonte puts this right with his inspiring study of an inspiring life.' ---Dr. Os Guinness, author of Unspeakable: Facing Up to the Challenge of Evil 'An excellently researched and insightfully written biography ... I applaud its sound scholarship and commend its perceptive insights into a great life.' ---Brian Sibley, author of C. S. Lewis: Through the Shadowlands William Wilberforce: A Hero for Humanity is the definitive biography of the English statesman who overcame incredible odds to bring about the end of slavery and slave trade. Called 'the wittiest man in England' by philosopher and novelist Madame de Stael, praised by Abraham Lincoln, and renowned for his oratorical genius, Wilberforce worked tirelessly to accomplish his goal. Whether you are an avid student of history, a pupil of prominent leaders of the past, or simply someone who reads for pleasure, you will love award-winning biographer Kevin Belmonte's vivid account of the life of William Wilberforce.
The well-known story of Charles Colson's transformation from President Richard Nixon's "hatchet man" who was "incapable of humanitarian thoughts" to founder of the Prison Fellowship Ministries and internationally recognized Christian author and speaker is a triumph of God finding a man and a man finding God. His 1973 conversion to Christianity was followed by a guilty plea to obstruction of justice and a seven-month prison sentence in 1974. He founded Prison Fellowship Ministries in 1976, fulfilling a promise made to fellow inmates that he would "never forget those behind bars."
Charles Colson's first book, Born Again, was released in 1976 and instantly became an international bestseller. He has authored many books that have collectively sold more than five million copies worldwide, including Justice That Restores; How Now Shall We Live?; Burden of Truth, Answers to Your Kids; Gideon's Torch; Why America Doesn't Work; Kingdoms in Conflict; and Loving God.
He is also a columnist, international speaker, and commentator on a national radio broadcast. He received the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion in 1993 and donated the $1 million prize to the Prison Fellowship's Endowment Fund.
Kevin Belmonte is a visiting author at Gordon College and the lead historical consultant for the major motion picture Amazing Grace. His first biography, William Wilberforce: A Hero for Humanity, received the prestigious John Pollock Award for Christian Biography Winner of the 2003. Belmonte has edited Wilberforce's classic apologetic work A Practical View of Christianity and served as a script consultant for the BBC. Moast recently he has authored Christian Encounters Series: D. L. Moody. He and his wife, Kelly, along with their son, Samuel, reside in New England.