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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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  • 07-02-16

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!

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  • Jordyne
  • 27-09-15

If Only We All Were So Fiercely Convicted

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrator frequently mispronounced words, especially proper names, such as William Cowper and Magdalen College. These pronunciations cannot be credited to simply a difference between American and British English. She also had a way of pausing in the middle of a sentence that was sometimes confusing. But other than that, her narration was a great match for the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It was very good, but I found that I needed breaks from it occasionally.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I knew nothing of Hannah More before I read this book. Her life is inspiring and provides fresh perspective on the world and culture. You can't help but hear her story as a call to action against the injustices of our day. This book also made me reflect on the way I live out my own faith.

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  • Mama C
  • 09-01-16

Worth Reading

Hannah More is one of those people you should have heard of, but haven't. What a remarkable person of her time!

The book started slowly, almost assuming the reader understood her importance. Once the immensity of her influence was made clear, the book became much more interesting.
The narrator made the listening difficult. She paused at the wrong times, and it could be hard to follow the thoughts as a result.

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  • Maggie
  • 21-04-18

An important story to know

I am glad I know the details of this remarkable Christian woman’s life and how the history of England and Western culture were impacted by what she accomplished.
The story was laid out well but the narration was annoying as the narrator did not speak succinctly and there’re were insufficient pauses between sentences throughout the narration which caused confusion when listening.
You barely had time to digest one thought and it was on to the next sentence.

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  • Sarah
  • 10-04-18

Excellent book, extremely poor narration

The content of the book is excellent However the narrator seemed to have no idea about what she was narrating! She paused at the wrong places, pronounced numerous words incorrectly, emphasized the wrong words to give a different meaning to the text. It was an exercise in frustration to listen to this narration.

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  • barbara
  • 23-12-17

Great book!

Where does Fierce Convictions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book ranks number one compared to all the audiobooks I have read.

What other book might you compare Fierce Convictions to and why?

I actually cannot compare it to another book. Though I tend to prefer biographies and nonfiction in general, this biography grabbed my attention and held me captivated till the end.

What does Christine Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think her accent added to the story and I felt she did a great job narrating the story in general. Her voice and delivery added to the story. She was easy to listen to and follow along with her reading.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I did want to listen to it all in one setting, but I broke away to do other things at times. I finished the book the next day. I plan to listen to this book many more times though.

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I loved this book! Dr. Prior brought Hanna Moore to life. I feel like Hanna's influence will have a lasting and profound effect on my life.

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  • Joel Furnanz
  • 21-12-17

Worth the read

I have read many books on Wilberforce as well as others from their group who helped eradicate slavery and it is fascinating to see how all the pieces came together and to find out that More was one of the most Intercal parts of the equation though barely mentioned in most my previous reading.