Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Review: Fierce Convictions by: Karen Swallow Prior

Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More--Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist
About the Book:
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.

About the Author:
Karen Swallow Prior is professor of English at Liberty University. She is the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me and contributes to Christianity Today , The Atlantic, and Relevant magazine, among other publications. She lives in Amherst, VA.

My Review:
 The nineteenth century wasn't a time where females went to school, preached, lectured, taught, or even wrote poems or novels. So when Hannah More showed interest in it all, her parents were surprised--at least her father was. Though his convictions told him otherwise, her father alongside her mother, taught her things from English to French to Latin. I wonder if they had any idea that their daughter would become a poet, a reformer, and ultimately an Abolitionist.

 The author weaves a tale of the great accomplishments of Hannah More. She creatively leads you through each important detail of Hannah's life and gives you quite a glimpse into the life of a girl during the 19th century. Despite the limitations that was placed upon an average female during those times. Hannah More was ready and willing to rise above those limitations into a place where she could accomplish more amazing feats in her lifetime.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Look.