Book Review: Fierce Convictions, by Karen Swallow Prior

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It’s a shame I had never heard of Hannah More before I read Fierce Convictions, but I’m glad Karen Swallow Prior was the one to introduce her to me.

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We learn from her acknowledgments that Dr. Prior’s doctoral dissertation was the seed for this book—and the careful research is obvious in every chapter.

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Yet she has also made Hannah More’s story accessible to readers (like me) who don’t read history easily. This book is not just a biography; it is a page-turning, good story for a wide range of readers.

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Fierce Convictions can challenge the scholar already knowledgeable about the abolition of Great Britain’s slave trade, and it can engage a 9-year-old girl reading through the book with her mother. (And both scholar and 9-year-old can learn more than a few vocabulary words along the way!)

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Taking in More’s story for the first time has not only taught me about a little-known heroine’s immeasurable sway on her nation’s and the world’s history, but it has also opened my eyes even more to the creative ways a single person can influence his or her community.

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I was especially impressed at how More used her writing and poetry for cultural impact.

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I also appreciate how Dr. Prior gives me More’s story unsanitized …

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… which inspires me all the more to live as one who, with all my imperfections, can still powerfully influence the world for good.

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For more, visit the book’s website. (All images above are from the “Media” page.)

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: Fierce Convictions, by Karen Swallow Prior

  1. how funny you mention a 9 yr old girl specifically, I was searching to see to see if I could read it with my 9 yr old daughter. Thank you.

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