• William Wilberforce: Take Up the Fight

  • Heroes of History
  • By: Janet Benge, Geoff Benge
  • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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William Wilberforce: Take Up the Fight

By: Janet Benge,Geoff Benge
Narrated by: Tim Gregory
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William wondered how anyone was supposed to battle slavery. After all, King George III and the Church of England both had large amounts of money invested in trade with the West Indies. And a large number of bishops sat in the House of Lords. William shook his head. This was a much bigger fight than he felt capable of taking on.

For 200 years British slave ships plied the Middle Passage, taking African men, women, and children to their doom. Ending slavery in the mighty British Empire seemed like an impossible dream, but once William Wilberforce resolved to represent the abolitionists in Parliament, he would fight to the bitter end - for nearly half a century - to achieve that goal.

Together with a community of dynamic reformers, Wilberforce struggled to rid his nation of evil and to give dignity and freedom to all people - slave and slave trader, poor and powerful. His example continues to inspire others to use their gifts and influence to do good against the odds. (1759-1833).

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Wonderfully Inspiring

I listened to this with my nine-year-old daughter. When William Wilberforce managed to finally get the middle passage slave act passed I cried, and my daughter jumped up and down and squealed with excitement. His perseverance and face of opposition for the majority of his life was amazing. This is an excellent book. When we finished it, my daughter asked if we could listen to all of the “heroes from history books” because this one was so good.

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Beautiful

A beautiful legacy, beautifully written and beautifully narrated. We listened to the book one week and then on Friday watched the Amazing Grace movie.

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  • 04-07-22

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The narration was wonderful and added color and life to the story, complete with accents and well-timed inflection. The testament of William Wilberforce's life inspires and points to the sovreign hand of God in the good and the bad. I truly appreciate the care the authors took for a rich historical account as well as the personal story of this man's amazing life. So much detail about the inner workings of Great Britain's government at the time, and the political climate added to the overall sense of gritty realism that this story nails so well. I am deeply encouraged by the testimony of Wilberforce's life, and God's work in even the most corrupt of places. I praise God for such a wonderful account of his work in his people. I pray that I will have the same courage as this man to stand for the truth and God's foundation of morality especially in the current culture climate that insists on the relativity of morality and truth.

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  • Mister Peridot
  • 06-21-16

Important history

This is a useful and well written introduction to Wilberforce and his lifelong struggle to abolish slavery, starting with the British slave trade. Characterisation and the account of events seems a bit simple. But Its a thorough narrative, telling the story in human terms through Wilberforce's life. Authors appear to be American and book is certainly read by one. He does a decent posh English accent but his attempts at regional Yorkshire accent quite humourous.

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  • Chris
  • 05-12-19

Inspirational listening

Inspirational and easy listening. Really brought history to life for me. Would recommend to anyone interested in the account of a life lived for God in the political realm.