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An excellent story written by a Canadian author. She does a wonderful job of researching his life. John Newton was a rebel for the first years of his life. God brought him into the depths of despair and hopelessness only to raise him up to be a mighty servant. Unfortunately the first 1/2 is so riveting and dramatic that the years following his conversion seem tame. Very suitable for pre - teens as well if you don't mind the occasional graphic violence.
The only thing I knew about John Newton prior to reading this is that he was a former slave trader who wrote "Amazing Grace". This novel filled in all the rest with action, adventure, romance and spiritual lessons. It's written in a style that can get kind of wordy, but I enjoyed it anyway. I especially enjoyed John and Mary's wonderful love story. It was better than fiction!