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December 9, 2014

FIERCE CONVICTIONS by Karen Swallow Prior

The Extraordinary Life of HANNAH MORE-
Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist 
Karen Swallow Prior
Product Details 

(from Amazon)
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.
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400206251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400206254

Karen Swallow Prior
Karen Swallow Prior is Professor of English at Liberty University and an award-winning teacher. She is a contributing writer for The and for Christianity Today, where she blogs frequently. Her writing has appeared in Relevant, Think Christian, and Salvo. She is a Research Fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, a member of INK: A Creative Collective, and a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States. She and her husband live on a 100-year old homestead in central Virginia with sundry horses, dogs, and chickens. And lots of books. 

In my past reading I gained a little knowledge about Hannah More (1745-1833).  She was one of the Clapham Sect and William Wilberforce along with other abolitionists during the late 28th and early 19th centuries. FIERCE CONVICTIONS plainly shows that her extraordinary work as an abolitionist is just a mere portion of the story of Hannah More.
Ms. Prior wrote a wonderful biography of Hannah More.  Ms. More accomplished so much during her life that it's hard to comprehend it all.
In her long life she wrote acclaimed poetry, plays and a novel.  She began a school for women. She spoke in England about moral reform and to the poor by starting Sunday Schools.During this time when Ms. More was doing all of this public work, it was a time when women were not looked at to be doing these kind of things.  Women were a liability to men and society.Dr. Prior has written a book which has given us some very well researched  information about Ms. More's successes and her ladylike ways.  She also tells about the failures and her things that she couldn't see the point of.  The author keeps us informed throughout the book of the historical and period of cultural in which Hannah More lived.  There are some challenging quotes from some mid 18th century writers. Dr. Prior's writing draws you into the book.Ms. More's life is inspirational and we need to put her brilliance back in our lives.

I received a complimentary copy of FIERCE CONVICTIONS from the author, Karen Swallow Prior for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 STARS. 


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