In this book you learn well the details of Hannah More's life. How the society around her worked and how she functioned within it. How she became determined to help make a difference. She lived as part of a close-knit family of five sisters. She is very much a lady that you would want to hold up a heroine for other young ladies to emulate. When Hannah made friends she held to them fiercely, some of her friendships being unlikely, but long lasting.
I have to find I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved reading about Hannah More, but I found the book very slow to read. It was SO filled with detail and written less like a story and more like a "let's teach you the details about Hannah More". It felt like a college textbook. :) But reading about the life that Hannah led, learning about policies that ran her life, I have to tell you.. it was fascinating.
Hannah was not a woman of good health, and yet she gave her all to her friends, her family and the issues that were important to her. Reaching out to the world and making a difference.
Isn't that what we all want for our children.? That desire to make a difference because God calls us to do so. She was a woman indeed of fierce convictions that was inspired by her faith in God. I would have loved reading this book as a young woman in college, the hope it gives for the future if a person is determined to stand strong for what one believes in.
So I have to say GOOD book. A book to be savoured and read read in a one big glup. to ponder, and question and delight in.
To vindicate the pow'r in Heaven ador'd,
To still the clank of chains, and sheathe the sword;
To cheer the mourner, and with soothing hands
From bursting hearts unbind th' Oppressor's bands;
To raise the lustre of the Christian name,
And clear the foulest blot that dims its fame.
As the mild Spirit hovers o'er the coast,
A fresher hue the wither'd landscapes boast;
Her healing smiles the ruin'd scenes repair,
And blasted Nature wears a joyous air.
She spreads her blest commission from above,
Stamp'd with the sacred characters of love;
She tears the banner stain'd with blood and tears,
And, Liberty! thy shining standard rears!
As the bright ensign's glory she displays,
See pale Oppression faints beneath the blaze!
The giant dies! no more his frown appals,
The chain untouch'd, drops off; the fetter falls.
Astonish'd echo tells the vocal shore,
Opression's fall'n, and Slavery is no more!
The dusky myriads crowd the sultry plain,
And hail that mercy long invok'd in vain.
Victorious Pow'r! she bursts their tow-fold bands,
And Faith and Freedom spring from Mercy's hands.
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.
Received: Hardcover copy
Book: Fierce Convictions: The extraordinary life of Hannah More - Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist
Author: Karen Swallow Prior
Pages: 254 of biography, extensive footnotes and reference pages following
Publisher: Nelson Books
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