WILLIAM WILBERFORCE (1759-1833) led the twenty-year fight to abolish the British slave trade. He championed medical aid for the poor, prison rehabilitation, education for the deaf and restrictions on child labour. Wilberforce found ‘nothing more effectual than private prayer, and the serious perusal of the New Testament.’ He maintained: ‘All may be done through prayer, almighty prayer.’ He insisted that ‘in the calmness of the morning, before the mind is heated and wearied by the turmoil of the day, you have a season of unusual importance for communing with God and with yourself.’ He seized upon such opportunities, believing: ‘God will prosper me better if I wait on him.’
365 Days with Wilberforce is a collection unlike any other. Drawing directly from Wilberforce’s writings, the selections in this book illustrate how God sustained and guided him. Those who seek to walk their pilgrim’s progress aright will find much to ponder, pray over and treasure.
Kevin Belmonte resides in the seaside village of York, Maine, USA—his birthplace. His is a literary family, of British descent, including the poets Robert Frost and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. For the last five years, he has been the principal historical consultant for Amazing Grace, a feature film on the life of Wilberforce produced by Walden Media. He has served as a script consultant for the BBC, and his book, Hero for Humanity: A Biography of William Wilberforce, is the winner of the John Pollock Award for Christian Biography. He and his wife, Kelly, are the proud parents of a son, Samuel.
These daily readings combine Scripture with extracts from the writings of ‘the friend of humanity’…Readers who have known him only as the great opponent of the slave trade, will find this most illuminating. The extracts…show both the depth and breadth of his spiritual character and interests. ..’ Evangelical Magazine – March 2007 – John Legg