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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 Wilberforce. Newton?s friendship with Wilberforce is portrayed in the major motion picture Amazing Grace.
Jonathan Aitken?s new biography John Newton explores all these facets of Newton?s life and character. It is the first biography to draw on Newton?s unpublished diaries and correspondence, providing fresh insight into the life of this complex and memorable Christian. The result is a fascinating, colorful, and historically significant portrait of John Newton, a self-described ?great sinner? redeemed by a great Savior through 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 Wilberforce. Newton’s friendship with Wilberforce is portrayed in the major motion picture Amazing Grace.
Jonathan Aitken’s new biography John Newton explores all these facets of Newton’s life and character. It is the first biography to draw on Newton’s unpublished diaries and correspondence, providing fresh insight into the life of this complex and memorable Christian. The result is a fascinating, colorful, and historically significant portrait of John Newton, a self-described “great sinner” redeemed by a great Savior through amazing grace.
“A new life of John Newton is a fitting celebration of the bicentennial both of Newton’s death and of the abolition of the slave trade, Wilberforce’s triumph in which Newton played a key role. Master biographer Jonathan Aitken is in fine form, sympathetic, insightful, scholarly, and vivid, and his book, like its subject, must be rated spectacular.” J. I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College
“A riveting historical account of the life of this notorious eighteenth-century sinner who was dramatically saved by God’s grace. This book should be required reading for any person who loves history, loves the song, and is serious about following Christ.” The Honorable Jack Kemp, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; former U.S. Congressman
“A rip-roaring adventure, a passionate romance, and an astonishing journey of faith all in one. I knew the story well, but this telling made a deep impression on me.” Os Guinness, author of The Call
“Jonathan Aitken has written such an intimate account of one of the great saints of God that I can now say I have been mentored by John Newton!” Joel Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland, A Church Distributed, Longwood, Florida
“Jonathan Aitken’s fast-paced, well-researched, and detailed book shows why Newton was such an important figure. This is a book to read, ponder, and read again.” Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
“A fresh, insightful, and inspiring account of this great figure. With that rare skill of a superb biographer, Aitken brings Newton to life for a new generation of admirers.” Alister McGrath, Professor of Historical Theology, Oxford University
“In careful and colorful detail, Aitken resurrects this nearly forgotten giant of the faith and establishes Newton in his rightful place as one who has altered the course of western history.” Robert Lupton, President, FCS Urban Ministries, Atlanta
“Skilled biographer that he is, my friend Jonathan Aitken has brought to life one of eighteenth-century England’s most influential Christians. The story of amazing grace both in the life of Newton and in the song that has become the Christian national anthem.” Chuck Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship
“Only God could take a vile slave trader and turn him into a useful instrument in abolishing the slave trade and igniting a gospel revival, the flames of which are burning still. The story of Newton’s life inspires all who seek to follow the path of Jesus today.” Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University; Executive Editor, Christianity Today
“John Newton not only wrote one of the greatest hymns of all time—he lived one of the greatest stories of salvation.” Rodney Stark, Author of The Rise of Christianity
“Even more amazing than Newton’s life with all its drama and color is the reminder of how completely revolutionary is God’s agenda to change the world his own way and through imperfect, broken people. Newton is just another entry to God’s long resum of his amazing grace in changed lives.” James MacDonald, Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Rolling Meadows, Illinois
“An informed, authoritative biography of the man who played a critical role in helping William Wilberforce abolish the slave trade. His life story is absolutely spell-binding. I could not put the book down.” Armand M. Nicholi Jr., M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; author of The Question of God
“Jonathan Aitken has written a book that, enriched by fresh research into unpublished papers, will enhance his reputation as one of today’s foremost biographers.” Rev. Dr. Michael Green
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.18" Width: 6.38" Height: 1.33" Weight: 1.47 lbs.
Release Date Jun 7, 2007
Publisher GOOD NEWS PUBLISHING #65
ISBN 1581348487 ISBN13 9781581348484
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More About Jonathan Aitken & Philip Yancey
Jonathan Aitken is a well-known British author and former politician. He was a Member of Parliament for twenty-three years, serving in the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and also as Minister of State for Defense. His political career ended when he pleaded guilty to charges of perjury as a result of having told a lie on oath in a civil libel lawsuit. During an eighteen-month prison stay, he converted to Christ. He is president of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a director of Prison Fellowship International, and executive director of The Trinity Forum in Europe. He is the author of twelve books, including the award-winning Nixon: A Life and Charles W. Colson: A Life Redeemed.
PHILIP YANCEY is editor at large of Christianity Today and cochair of the editorial board for Books and Culture. Some of his books include Rumors of Another World (2003), Reaching for the Invisible God (2000), The Bible Jesus Read (1999), What's So Amazing About Grace? (1998), The Jesus I Never Knew (1995), and Where is God When It Hurts (1990).
Reviews - What do customers think about John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace?
Great Book about a Great Person Nov 22, 2008
While the previous reviews have covered much of the material, I must add a few more comments. I found the book incredibly hard to put down yet a book I did not want to breeze though but to absorb its contents. The man's like swung as a pendulum from perhaps one of the most wretched young man to a mature man of God. If you have any interest in early church history or just enjoy a great biography of one of history's most dedicated men, then you will want to put this book on your must read list.
A Life that Demonstrates Amazing Grace Nov 20, 2008
Biographies are good for the soul. There's nothing like sitting down with a good biography and getting to know a historical figure through a well-written description of a person's life and times.
John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace (Crossway, 2007) is a terrific portrait of the life of John Newton (1725-1807) Author Jonathan Aitken recounts the remarkable story of the man who gave us the hymn "Amazing Grace." Here is a former captain of slave ships who became a beloved pastor, prolific hymnwriter and advocate of abolition.
Aitken wisely spends a good deal of time detailing the travels of John Newton before his conversion. He does not shy away from describing the horror of the slave trade. But detailing the wickedness of Newton's early life provides the much-needed backdrop to his dramatic transformation upon believing in the gospel. Aitken's book excels in painting a "Before" and "After" picture of Newton's extraordinary life.
Aitken describes Newton's struggles, but he does so in a way that makes his protagonist sympathetic. He shows how Newton sought to maintain single-minded devotion to Christ in the midst of his rising fame and popularity. The reader senses Newton's heartfelt passion for rectifying his past wrongs by fighting slavery in his old age. The accounts of Newton's dealings with William Wilberforce are fascinating.
John Newton was truly a great man. And there is much more to his life than the hymn "Amazing Grace." But even though Newton's life cannot be reduced to mere "hymnwriter," Aitken understands that "Amazing Grace" is what he is best known for. So he wisely includes a chapter that shows how "Amazing Grace" started out as an obscure hymn and became the world's most-recognized Christian song.
The best part about John Newton is not the song or the biography, but the reality of the amazing grace to which both testify.
John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace Sep 30, 2008
This is a fascinating and enlightening book, which I found difficult to put down. If you enjoy well-written history and adventure, you will love this book.
excellent Sep 8, 2008
I really knew nothing about Mr Newton except that he was a former slave ship captain and that he wrote "Amazing Grace". This book was a great encouragement as Mr Newton's story of grace and redemption plays out. Highly recommended.
Brilliant review of a facinating life Apr 14, 2008
This is one of the best books I have read in the past 12 months. It is tightly written, full of insightful anecdotes, and paints the life of an ordinary man that God used to make an extraordinary impact on the world in which Newton lived...and beyond. Even if you are not a regular reader of christian biographies (like me) this one is worth picking up.