The Life of John Newton
Every generation has some persons who make a habit of embodying evil, John Newton observed—people who have to look up in order to see the bottom. When they come to know God they are examples to others of God’s amazing grace. “I,” John Newton wrote, “was one of these.”
This biography of the writer of great hymn Amazing Grace takes us on a wild journey of swashbuckling adventures on the high, seas coupled with the horrors of the slave trade. Once Blind retells Newton’s conversion during a crushing storm no one expected to survive, and then the most unusual years that followed as a minister with the Church of England.
In the end, John Newton risked his reputation, his wife’s emotional well-being, even his cherished right to preach—all so that he could bear witness to the horrors he had witnessed and had participated in, and to help bring about laws to stop the slave trade.
God’s grace is every bit as amazing today as it was in Newton’s era. A life such as his enables us to see that clearly.
About the Author
Kay Marshall Strom is the author of 31 books, which include short stories, curriculum, stories for children, and two prize-winning screenplays and countless magazine articles. Besides her writing, Kay is a sought-after speaker at seminars, retreats, and special events around the world. Kay and her husband have together spoken in more than 25 countries. They make their home in Santa Barbara, California.