John Newton: A Slave Set Free
In the Trailblazers Series!
A youth biography about John Newton, the famous slave-trader turned minister and hymn-writer!
John Newton had such a hard heart, he was quite glad to make money in the ruthless slavery business, of buying and selling men and women. But he was soon to become a servant himself of the Lord Jesus and would be preaching to tell men of the freedom known only in Christ!
John stood and watched, as some of the largest waves he had ever seen threw themselves at the ship. Very little stood between the young slave ship captain and death – and he knew it! His panic and fear made him think only of himself and nothing for the hundreds of men, women and children chained in the hold below.
However, God still heard John Newton’s prayers and the cries of the tortured humanity pleading for mercy and justice. The very man selling them into slavery would soon fight for their freedom. John Newton was one of the worst abusers of the African slave, as he traveled the oceans to make money from their misery – but in the end, his life was changed and so were theirs.
So, the man who later wrote the famous hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ began his career as the captain of a slave ship. When God changed his heart and his life, he began to free the people he kept captive. This is the amazing story of how Newton found ‘amazing grace’ and became a champion of the faith and abolition.
Recommended Reading Level:
Read to me: age 7-8
Read myself: age 9-14
About the Author
Irene Howat is an award-winning author and a talented artist in Ayrshire, Scotland. She is married to a retired minister and they have a grown family. She especially enjoys receiving letters from her readers and replies to all of them. Check out her new stories at www.story-a-month-club.org.uk.