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John Newton (History Makers) [Hardcover]

By Marylynne Rouse (Author)
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Item description for John Newton (History Makers) by Marylynne Rouse...

You know him as a reformed slave trader and author of "Amazing Grace." But do you know Newton the private man---loving husband and father, pastor, and writer? Cecil's classic "authorized" biography has been updated with much new information that sheds 20th-century light on 18th-century events. Inspiring reading about a powerfully changed life!

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Richard Cecil's classic biography of Newton is considered to be his 'authorized' biography as he both knew Newton well and allowed him to see most of the manuscript before publication. Marylynn Rouse has used the intervening years, and the wealth of information since made public, well by adding many other details and contemporary happenings to Newton's life story. Some aspects of Newton's life are well-known: his involvement in the slave trade; his friendship with the poet William Cowper and the politician William Wilberforce; his gift as a hymn writer; his ministry, first in Olney, then in London. But Marylynn Rouse has gone further and provides fascinating pieces of information regarding those who influenced Newton as well as those who were influenced by him. Here we see not only Newton the public figure but we also see Newton in private, as a loving husband and father, as a concerned pastor and letter-writer.

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Studio: Christian Focus
Pages   420
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.67" Width: 5.58" Height: 1.17"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2001
Publisher   Christian Focus Publications
ISBN  1857922840  
ISBN13  9781857922844  

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Confusing Newton's Life  Sep 9, 2009
It is rare that I give up on a book. I slogged through this one to over half of the original (Cecil's) text and just had to give up. Newton's own narrative is interspersed with Cecil's biography. And then there are the Appendices placed at the end of each chapter. Reading this book is like reading a few paragraphs from one 18th century author, then another, then a few notes about the previous sections. It is very hard to follow. Some of the notes deal with people who knew Newton and are more about those individuals than Newton!
I am very disappointed in Rousse's editing job. She could have done a much, much better job of rearranging the material to make it flow in a readable fashion. The language is awkward and hard to understand. A little editing in updating the language for today's reader would have helped also.
Cecil"s "authorized" biography was written within a year or so of Newton's death. Perhaps, as it was published so soon, Cecil seems to have deliberately glossed over Newton's life while captain of a slave trading ship. Except for a minor allusion, one would have thought Newton's ship was one carrying spices or something. (One needs to remember his being captain of a slave ship was after his "conversion" during a severe storm at sea.)
If you are a scholar and are looking for first sources, then perhaps you will appreciate this book. If you want a readable book on John Newton's life, by all means skip this one.

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