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William Wilberforce. Winner of the John Pollock Award for Christian Biography in 2003, this biography was drawn on extensively in the making of the highly-acclaimed film, “Amazing Grace,” as Kevin worked closely with Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight. For several years, the paperback edition has been required reading for a course on leadership and character at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

“William Wilberforce—who probably did as much for humanity as any man has ever done—deserves the best, and he has got it. Kevin Belmonte has done a superb job, meticulously researched and beautifully written.”

—John Julius, Lord Norwich, distinguished author and BBC presenter

D.L. Moody: A Life. Hailed as “an absolute tour-de-force” by Pulitzer Prize nominee D. Michael Lindsay, this 2014 biography was selected as “New & Noteworthy Book” by Christianity Today.

“After his exhilarating work on Wilberforce, Kevin Belmonte has produced another gripping biography of a great individual who helped to turn the tide of his time rather than just drift with it. Belmonte’s sweeping narrative…takes Moody from the poverty and meagre education of his childhood to his role as a famous and passionate speaker, educator, and philanthropist…”

—the Rev. Dr. Malcolm Guite, Chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge University, England

Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life and Impact of G.K. Chesterton. This 2011 literary biography received a Starred Review in Publishers Weekly, which stated: “we get lost in an earlier time…taken with Chesterton’s undeniable brilliance. The articulate Belmonte makes his material sing…a wonderful book on all counts.”

Defiant Joy is that rare biography that not only captures a life, but captures a soul…Kevin Belmonte portrays Chesterton in a way that reveals his genius to a new generation. I’ve never enjoyed a biography more.”

—Phil Cooke, award-winning filmmaker, and author of One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do

The Quotable Chesterton. A companion to Defiant Joy, this 2011 book has been praised by the American Chesterton Society as “an excellent collection of Chesterton quotations…woven together with short, perceptive introductions [which] showcase a man George Bernard Shaw called a “colossal genius.”

“There isn’t a writer who gets me pacing and smiling and thinking like G.K. Chesterton. His every paradigm shift is an adjustment to my mental compass, and so a gift.”

—Donald Miller, New York Times bestselling author of Blue Like Jazz

John Bunyan. This concise literary biography was a 2012 Finalist for the John Pollock Award for Christian Biography.

“An excellent biography…Belmonte delivers a rich portrait of Bunyan, skillfully walking the reader through the small towns and villages that formed Bunyan’s life, weaving in the history and culture, and stepping back to allow this magnificent narrative to unfold.”

—Daniel Darling, author of The Original Jesus, V.P. for Communications, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

 

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