365 Days with Wilberforce by Kevin Belmonte
A collection of daily readings from the writings of William Wilberforcethe friend of humanity

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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 Wilberforces writings, the selections in this book illustrate how God sustained and guided him. Those who seek to walk their pilgrims progress aright will find much to ponder, pray over and treasure.
 

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William Wilberforce (1759-1833) was an English politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. A native of Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, he began his political career in 1780, eventually becoming the independent Member of Parliament for Yorkshire. In 1785, he underwent a conversion experience and became an evangelical Christian, which resulted in major changes to his lifestyle and a lifelong concern for reform. In 1787, he came into contact with Thomas Clarkson and a group of anti-slave-trade activists, including Granville Sharp, Hannah More and Charles Middleton. They persuaded Wilberforce to take on the cause of abolition, and he soon became one of the leading English abolitionists. He headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade for twenty-six years until the passage of the Slave Trade Act of 1807. Wilberforce was convinced of the importance of religion, morality and education. He championed causes and campaigns such as the Society for the Suppression of Vice, British missionary work in India, the creation of a free colony in Sierra Leone, the foundation of the Church Mission Society, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. His underlying conservatism led him to support politically and socially repressive legislation, and resulted in criticism that he was ignoring injustices at home while campaigning for the enslaved abroad. In later years, Wilberforce supported the campaign for the complete abolition of slavery, and continued his involvement after 1826, when he resigned from Parliament because of his failing health. That campaign led to the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, which abolished slavery in most of the British Empire; Wilberforce died just three days after hearing that the passage of the Act through Parliament was assured. He was buried in Westminster Abbey, close to his friend William Pitt.
 
Published January 1, 2006 by Day One Publications.
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction