July 7, 2009
I am currently reading Eric Metaxas’ biography of William Wilberforce, and it is most enjoyable. Metaxas is a gifted and lively writer. I wish every biographer was this good. The blurb from Bookpage on the back cover says it well, “Metaxas tells Wilberforce’s story with a charm and energy reminiscent of a favorite history professor, painting a captivating picture of this era of social reform that revolutionized the world.” Yet, hero-worship and over-romanticization is thankfully avoided, and a scholarly attention to social context and secular forces is well-balanced in conjunction with due recognition of faith and the work of God. Buy it and enjoy! The movie is good too.