Karen Swallow Prior. Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2014. 272 pp. $24.99.
In our modern era of cultural upheaval, with a renewed emphasis in evangelicalism on the gospel’s intersection with social justice and societal transformation, it’s common to want to look back into history and see how other Christians have lived. There are countless biographies of Christian men who have lived out their faith in ways that changed the world. Far fewer ones about women exist. Hannah More was a close friend and ally of William Wilberforce, the famous British abolitionist. More’s work and cultural impact was arguably even greater than that of Wilberforce. But until recently, knowledge of her life and testimony had faded into obscurity. With “Fierce Convictions,” Karen Swallow Prior has brought More’s remarkable life back into view in an engaging way. Continue reading →