Saturday, November 1, 2014

Fierce Convictions Book Review


About the Book

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. (Goodreads)

My Review

I feel like this time in history, with the African slave trade, is not mentioned or really thought about in history. There have been movies to make it better known and more books written but how many people realize what went on? 
This book takes you into the life of Hannah More who had an opinion and wasn't afraid to share her thoughts. She was a great writer and passionate about the slave trade and numerous other issues that were happening at that time. 
It's interesting to read how many people were involved with the slave trade and helped end the devastation.
The book is written in a way that makes it a bit difficult to read and very slow. Biographies can be written different ways, and while this book was interesting and a great learning experience it is a very slow book. 

For those who find this topic and time intriguing you will enjoy. 

Four stars.

"I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for free in exchange for an honest review."


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