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Daily Readings - William Wilberforce

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William Wilberforce is best known as the leader of the campaign to abolish the slave trade in the United Kingdom. Behind his heart for justice lay a desire to serve God that permeated not only his life, but also his writings. Michael D. McMullen has worked extensively on the life and manuscripts of Wilberforce and has carefully selected these readings. Taken from his spiritual journals and his one published book, as well as his unpublished works, letters and recorded reflections on scriptures, we meet a man who is introspective and self–deprecating. But his devotion to the God who called him to be an ‘Agent of Usefulness’ is abundantly clear.


William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833) was a British politician, philanthropist and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade.


William Wilberforce is known as the leader of the Evangelicals in parliament who were responsible for the abolition of the British slave trade. Blessed with a sunny personality, he was also a genuinely humble man who laid out his inner thoughts in written musings on his faith. Michael McMullen has selected some of the best of them as daily readings. Each extract is given under a verse from scripture, the source of his reflections.  -David Bebbington, Professor of History, University of Stirling, Stirling

Michael McMullen has done us a huge favour in making Wilberforce’s devotional reflections into a devotional source for us all. William Wilberforce was a man who had a real faith in Jesus that worked itself out in all of life. I pray these daily readings may inspire that same integrated faith in us all. -Jago Wynne, Rector of Holy Trinity Clapham, London

We can benefit greatly from taking unhurried time to reflect on these daily extracts. May our desire be as Wilberforce’s expressed in this book: ‘I would grow in grace, and labour to live a life more honourable to God and more useful to man.’ -Marylynn Rouse, Director, John Newton Project

What a gem this is and what thanks we owe Prof McMullen for his fine editorial skills. -Michael A. G. Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

What a wonderful opportunity we now have daily to be getting to know Wilberforce through his letters and writings… I am grateful to Professor McMullen for this service to the church.  -Ben Virgo, Director, Christian Heritage London