Newton on the Christian Life
To Live is Christ
John Newton is famous for his legendary hymn “Amazing Grace.” Many have celebrated his dramatic conversion from a life in the slave trade to his eventual work to end it. But often overlooked are Newton’s 40 years as a pastor ministering to parishioners and friends unsettled by the trials, doubts, and fears of life.
Newton is perhaps the greatest pastoral letter writer in the history of the church. He took up his pen day after day to help others fix their eyes on Christ, which, he writes, is the underlying battle of the Christian life. Through a careful study of scores of letters, Tony Reinke brings together Newton’s brilliant vision of the Christian life in one accessible place.
About the Author
Tony Reinke is a staff writer and researcher for desiringGod.org and is author of Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books.
- Amazing Grace
- Christ All-Sufficient
- The Daily Discipline of Joy in Jesus
- Gospel Simplicity
- Indwelling Sin
- Christ-Centered Holiness
- The Growth Chart of the Christian Life
- Seven Christian Blemishes
- The Discipline of Trials
- The Goal of Bible Reading
- Battling Insecurity
- Victory over Spiritual Weariness
- Victory over Mr. Self
- To Die is Gain
“Through Newton’s words and Tony’s words—one voice—God does eye surgery on the heart, so that we see Christ more fully. And more fully means seeing him as more precious. And more precious means more powerful to heal us and change us. Relentlessly focused on the sweetness and the greatness of Christ as the Savior and Satisfier of our souls, over this book flies the banner of John Newton: ‘None but Jesus.’” — John Piper, Founder, Desiring God and Chancellor, Bethlehem College and Seminary
“Here is mastery! As the Lord Jesus Christ, crucified and reigning, was the life-giving focus of the Evangelical Revival, and as George Whitefield was its supreme awakener, and John Wesley its brilliant discipler, so ex–slave trader John Newton was its peerless pastoral counselor and perhaps the greatest Christian letter writer of all time. In his 768- footnote digest of the spiritual wisdom in Newton’s thousand-plus published letters, along with his published sermons and hymns, Reinke distills a vast flow of pure honey for the Christian heart. This is a book to read over and over again.”
— J. I. Packer, Board of Governors Professor of Theology, Regent College