I’d like to thank Christian Focus Publications for giving me a copy of Hannah More by Sarah Allen in return for my honest review.
Hannah More (1745-1833) was an interesting woman. Although she was from a poor family during a time that single women didn’t typically change society, over her lifetime she excelled as a poet, playwright, abolitionist writer, and an advocate and instigator of Sunday Schools and education for the poor. Her circle of friends included abolitionist William Wilberforce, and she was an important figure in the life of Selina Mills, the woman who married abolitionist Zachary Macaulay.
Sarah Allen has written a new book on More: Hannah More: The Woman Who Wouldn’t Stop Writing (Christian Focus 4 Kids, 2014). The Trailblazers line of Christian biographies from Christian Focus now covers 48 Christian figures in a narrative format for kids ages 8-14. To my absolute delight, there are new biographies added every few months. We love this line, and we own them all. We use the stories regularly in our home.
Hannah More was the fourth of five girls born to a poor family. Her father was a teacher for boys from their home and it was there that Hannah learned to read, write, and study language. More and her sisters began a school for wealthy young women and Hannah pursued writing in her spare time. She was engaged to a man who never followed through on his promise to marry her. He awarded her a yearly stipend as compensation (in those days, her ability to marry was damaged by the broken engagement). This stipend enabled More to go to London and establish a lucrative and successful playwriting career…..
More lived a luxurious life of parties, plays, and socializing. At a low moment in her life, she came to understand the gospel, repented and gave her life to Christ. It was then that Hannah More decided to write for Jesus. The change in her life was dramatic. Her work took on a much more serious tone, educating people about the Bible and pointing to the social injustice of slavery. She left London and became friends with William Wilberforce. Through his urging, she spent much of her life instituting schools in dismally poor areas of England.
Hannah More: The Woman Who Wouldn’t Stop Writing is a good read. There is a strong redemption message, and More’s life had a profound impact on those she encountered both through her writing and through her endless work as an educator. Her story is a reminder of the reason institutional religious education has been such a powerful tool for social and religious change throughout the centuries. I think the book is an excellent addition to the already amazing Trailblazers line.
Hannah More: The Woman Who Wouldn’t Stop Writing would coordinate well with studies involving
- The 18th Century and early 19th Century
- Social Justice
- Writing as a Vocation
Enter to win a copy of Hannah More: The Woman Who Wouldn’t Stop Writing. The giveaway runs from 2/27/2015 to 3/6/2015 at 10am PST.
Hannah More by Sarah Allen
You can find Hannah More: The Woman Who Wouldn’t Stop Writing and the other biographies in the Trailblazers biography series for 8-14 year olds at
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~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.