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 Hannah More was from a poor family during a time that single women didn’t typically change society, over her lifetime she excelled as:
- A poet
- A playwright
- An abolitionist writer,
- An advocate for and instigator of Sunday Schools and education for the poor.
Hannah More’s 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.
Hannah More Biography
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 62 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 read 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 Hannah More to go to London and establish a lucrative and successful playwriting career. More lived a luxurious life of parties, plays, and socializing.
Hannah More the Poet
At a low moment in her life, Hannah 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 coordinates with studies involving
- The 18th Century and early 19th Century
- Social Justice
- Writing as a Vocation
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History matters. Now, more than ever, we see how important it is for our children to know and understand history and the Bible.
- God is the sovereign ruler of all things. It’s important for our kids to see his hand in the history of nations and in the lives of both peasants and kings.
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