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Number of Pages: 64
Publication Date: 2007
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"John Piper's succinct and superbly perceptive study of WilliamWilberforce deserves to become an acclaimed bestseller. It not onlytells the story of a great man's life-it also tells us how tounderstand the ultimate source of his greatness and happiness.Moreover, that understanding goes far deeper than the abolitionistachievements for which Wilberforce is honored, astounding thoughthey were. William Wilberforce's secret, as revealed in this book,was that he made the journey from self-centeredness,achievement-centeredness, and political-centeredness toGod-centeredness. And he made it with Christlike joy."
Against great obstacles William Wilberforce, an evangelicalChristian and a member of Parliament, fought for the abolition ofthe African slave trade and against slavery itself until they wereboth illegal in the British Empire.
Many are aware of Wilberforce's role in bringing an end toslavery in Great Britain, but few have taken the time to examinethe beliefs and motivations that spurred him on for decades. Inthis concise volume, John Piper tells the story of how Wilberforcewas transformed from an unbelieving, young politician into aradically God-centered Christian, and how his deep spiritualityhelped to change the moral outlook of a nation.
As world leaders debate over how to deal with a host of socialjustice and humanitarian crises, a closer look at Wilberforce'slife and faith serves as an encouragement and example to allbelievers.
John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for thirty-three years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than fifty books, including Desiring God; Dont Waste Your Life; This Momentary Marriage; A Peculiar Glory; and Reading the Bible Supernaturally.
Jonathan Aitken is a well-known British author and former politician. He was a Member of Parliament for twenty-three years, serving in the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and also as Minister of State for Defense. His political career ended when he pleaded guilty to charges of perjury as a result of having told a lie on oath in a civil libel lawsuit. During an eighteen-month prison stay, he converted to Christ. He is president of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a director of Prison Fellowship International, and executive director of The Trinity Forum in Europe. He is the author of twelve books, including the award-winning Nixon: A Life and Charles W. Colson: A Life Redeemed.