Written more than 200 years ago, this nation-altering book from William Wilberforce still has implications for Christian living today. Bob Beltz translates the classic writings of Wilberforce during a time of slavery and depravity into a modern paraphrase that brings to light the watered down view of sin and evil we have today's culture. Glean from these timeless truths a challenging message for the church today and discover an authentic faith in Christ for yourself.
Just in time for the release of Amazing Grace, the movie about the life of William Wilberforce, is this edition of his classic book from 1797, Real Christianity, paraphrased in modern language and made more accessible to contemporary readers. This is the book that helped abolish the slave trade in the United Kingdom, and called Christians to live a more authentic life of faith more than 200 years ago. The timeless truths it contains will speak to readers in fresh ways today. Christians who eschew cultural Christianity in favor of a real faith in Christ will find the principles here thought-provoking and applicable. The social justice orientation will appeal to readers of Jim Wallis, Os Guinness, Charles Colson, Shane Claiborne, John Perkins, Bono, and Nancy Pearcy. Readers will also find the book is a good litmus test of the authenticity of their own faith.
BOB BELTZ is a popular writer, speaker, and film producer. Currently, he oversees film development for the Anschutz Film Group, parent company of Walden Media (Holes, Because of Winn-Dixie, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Amazing Grace.) Hes a graduate of Denver Seminary where he earned both his Master of Arts and Doctor of Ministry degrees. He is the author of several books, including Somewhere Fast and Becoming a Man of Prayer.
"Wilberforce is one of the most neglected heroes of modern history. Yet even most Christians are unfamiliar with this thoughtful and passionate Christian whose biblical worldview and dependence on Gods Spirit emboldened him to champion the abolition of slavery. This is a man we need to hear from, and Bob Beltz has made him accessible. Where I compared this paraphrase to Wilberforces original, I believe it to be faithful to the authors spirit and intent. I also appreciated the footnotes clarifying key points of historical context. This 210 year old book is as relevant as it is important. With Bobs help, its soul-stirring to sit at the feet of Wilberforce, a man God used to change the world."
Randy Alcorn, author of Heaven and Safely Home
"Wilberforce has long been a hero to many of us. Now, through Real Christianity, we get a better glimpse into his theology, his spirituality, his passion. Bob Beltz's adaptation of Wilberforce's original work will provide a needed challenge to all of us, because we're all constantly tempted to let an on-fire, vibrant, world-changing faith cool to a lukewarm 'conventional Christianity.'"
Brian McLaren, author/activist (brianmclaren.net)
The gap between real faith and cultural Christianity is as wide today as at any time in history, so there is much we can learn from William Wilberforces stirring and highly successful cry for reformation. Bob Beltz has done us a great service in making this bestselling classic accessible again."
Os Guinness, author of Unspeakable: Facing up to the challenge of Evil
"William Wilberforce is one of my all-time heroes. You talk about finishing well! Just days before his death, Wilberforce's great mission to end slavery in Britain was successfully concluded. Now on the eve of the major motion picture release of Amazing Grace, there's a new release of Wilberforce's timeless classic, Real Christianity revised and updated by my friend, Bob Beltz, who worked on the film. What a wonderful Christmas 2006 gift to all of us!"
Bob Buford, Founder, Leadership Network, Author, Halftime and Finishing Well
"This is a book I strongly recommend. Bob Beltz has done a superb modern translation of one of the all time Christian classics. I have read and re-read Real Christianity and find its message as timely today as it was when that great Christian leader, the model for my life, William Wilberforce wrote it. Don't just get this book-read it."
-Chuck Colson, Founder and Chairman, Prison Fellowship
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