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Fierce Convictions

The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More - Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist
Narrated by: Christine Stevens
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
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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.

©2014 Thomas Nelson Publishers (P)2014 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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Amazing woman of history

I knew nothing of Hannah More until I listened to Eric Metaxas’ ‘7 Women’. Swallow Prior’s book takes a little while to get going, but once it does, it is an extremely encouraging and vivid portrayal of an extremely gifted godly woman. We need more Hannah More’s! My only criticism is the voice artist. Her voice is fine, but I get the impression that the recording was heavily edited; sometimes it feels like there is no breath taken between sentences (This is most notable at the beginning of a new chapter). Otherwise, a great listen!

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  • 07-02-2016

Fierce convictions

Maybe of interest to students studying social history, but could not be described as entertaining by any stretch of the imagination.
A biography perhaps, but even many of these are not quite so dry!