John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace
Most Christians know John Newton as a man who once captained a slave ship, was dramatically converted to Christ on the high seas, and later penned one of the greatest hymns of the faith, “Amazing Grace.” But he also had a huge impact on his times as an icon of the evangelical movement, as a great preacher and theologian, and as a seminal influence on abolitionist William W...more
John Newton's early life was terrible. His mother died when he was still a boy, his father remarried and had three more children with his second wife, but they t ...more
An account of the life of John Newton is of real interest - hence, I judge that it must have been the fault of the author that this biography seemed lackluster throughout. (Although I did like Aitken's way of bridging from one c ...more
Most people may not initially recognize the name of John Newton, that is until it is noted that he wrote the hymn Amazing Grace. Despite that it was written over 200 years ag ...more
Some things I wished were different were 1) the way he worked through Newton's life by issues as opposed to going year by year. I prefer more of a storyline approach. Sometimes I was trying to figure out what year the author was in and ...more
An impressed Navy sailor; a deserter; a slave ship captain; a new Christian struggling to cast-off his immoral habits; a more mature Christian struggling to find his calling; a small-town pastor impacting his nation; a big-city pastor impacting his government and the world; a hymn-writer; a best-selling author; a loving, tender husband; a networker (in the best sense of the word); a man committ ...more
Newton's father, though aloof, was a strict disciplinarian when around. Demanding that young John refer to him as "Sir."
When young John wasn't feeding his sinful appetite, he lived a life of unfulfilled legalism through intensive fasting, meditation, prayer and Bible reading. Later he became a notorious slave trade ...more
Interesting also to see the real story of "Amazing Grace": he didn't write it in a fit of religious fervor after becoming a Christian and forsaking slave-trading. In fact, he carried on in the trade after his religious conversion and his conversion was not the reason why he gave it up. And "Amazing Grace" was written a few years later when he was vicar ...more
This was definitely written with a powerful Christian rhetoric voice, ...more
This is a book I want to read again. Lots of great quotes I have highlighted. Inspirational and challenging- definitely spurred me on in my faith. Recommend!