Item description for Out Of The Depths by John Newton...
Overview The most widely known and immediately recognized Christian song remains the classic hymn "Amazing Grace." Behind its simple lyrics and expressive melody, however, stands the dramatic, real-life story of a person miraculously changed by God's mercy. Author John Newton, saved from a life of moral depravity and slave trading, never forgot the depths from which he was pulled by God's incomprehensible grace. Discover, through John Newton's own words, the timeless story of his conversion and the true meaning of the familiar words, "Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see."
Publishers Description For John Newton, one of Christendom's greatest hymn writers and writer of "Amazing Grace," God's matchless grace was intensely personal. Saved from a life of slave trading, John Newton was fully aware of the "depths from which he was pulled."
In this autobiography, revised and updated for today's readers by Dennis Hillman, Newton relates the events that led him from unimaginable sin and spiritual bondage to a life of ministry and renewal--transformed by God's amazing and inexhaustible grace.
Discover the timeless story of John Newton's conversion and the true meaning of the familiar words, "Amazing grace How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see."
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Studio: Kregel Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.62" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.38" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2003
Publisher Kregel Publications
ISBN 0825433193 ISBN13 9780825433191
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More About John Newton
John Henry Newton was an Englishman, Anglican clergyman and former slave-ship captain. He was the co-author with poet William Cowper of many hymns including his most famous one Amazing Grace. Newton is best known for aiding and helping to inspire William Wilberforce to stay in Parliament and complete his mission to end slavery in the British Empire. The town of Newton, Sierra Leone, was named after John Newton.
Reviews - What do customers think about Out Of The Depths?
Left wanting more Mar 3, 2008
The story of John Newton's life is remarkable and fascinating and I was eager to read this book. I cannot complain about the facts presented in the book, only in the way they were presented. The story was told in almost sterile and unemotional language. This may be because John Newton recounted his history in a series of letters and it can't be expected that he would make it read like a novel. I still feel like I don't know the man John Newton, I just know about him.
Not quite what I expected but still pretty good. Apr 2, 2007
After seeing the movie "Amazing Grace" I wanted to know more about John Newton and his experiences. There are some spiritual gems in this book but, even though this autobiography was updated to 21st century language, I found Newton to be overly pious--even feeling worthless.
I was hoping for more details on his years as a slave trader but the sensitivities of the time probably prevented details that modern readers expect.
Although I was disappointed in some ways, I didn't expect many of the moving spiritual thoughts Newton expressed. Maybe some of his experiences not described were so sinful and embarrassing that was the reason he didn't go into detail.
The True Story of the author of the immortal "Amazing Grace" hymn Jul 13, 2006
John Newton's story is totally absorbing and in some ways shocking for the times in which he lived! He was quite the wild man and yet, in his sin, God saved him. After reading this book it brought the true meaning of Newton's words in Amazing Grace to life. Truly, how sweet is the sound of grace to a sinner so depraved and so destined for hell. Hallelujah for such an 'amazing' book! Christians need more of these kinds of biographies to inspire and strengthen us in our faith. Read this book and rejoice!
All Things Are Possible With God's Help Aug 3, 2005
Reading stories of how a sinner's life can be changed when he turns the leading of his life over to God renews my faith.
Acts 17:26-27 Jul 5, 2002
While the mention of the name John Newton (1725-1807) will probably elicit a blank stare from most people, there are very few people who are unfamiliar with Newton's most famous composition - the hymn "Amazing Grace." Those familiar with the hymn most likely do not know that - prior to becoming a minister and a composer of hymns - Newton was a slave trader, a scoundrel, a ruffian, etc.
This book is Netwon's autobiography. I recently read it in one sitting and must say that I was incredibly humbled by Newton's account of his life. (This book broke scabs off of my heart that I thought were petrified!) There is no way that one can read this book and thereafter not have an added appreciation for Newton's lyrics (e.g., "amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me").
Newton's story puts flesh on the verse: "[God] determined the times set for [man] and the exact places where [man] should live. God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though he is not far from each one of us." (Acts 17:26-27)