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"A new life of John Newton is a fitting celebration of the bicentennial both of Newton's death and of the abolition of the slave trade, Wilberforce's triumph in which Newton played a key role. Master biographer Jonathan Aitken is in fine form, sympathetic, insightful, scholarly, and vivid, and his book, like its subject, must be rated spectacular."
—J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College
"A riveting historical account of the life of this notorious eighteenth-century sinner who was dramatically saved by God's grace. This book should be required reading for any person who loves history, loves the song, and is serious about following Christ."
—Jack Kemp, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; former U.S. Congressman
"A rip-roaring adventure, a passionate romance, and an astonishing journey of faith all in one. I knew the story well, but this telling made a deep impression on me."
—Os Guinness, cofounder, The Trinity Forum; author, The Dust of Death and The Last Christian on Earth
"Jonathan Aitken has written such an intimate account of one of the great saints of God that I can now say I have been mentored by John Newton!"
—Joel Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland, A Church Distributed, Longwood, Florida
"Jonathan Aitken's fast-paced, well-researched, and detailed book shows why Newton was such an important figure. This is a book to read, ponder, and read again."
—Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
"A fresh, insightful, and inspiring account of this great figure. With that rare skill of a superb biographer, Aitken brings Newton to life for a new generation of admirers."
—Alister McGrath, Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education, King's College, London
"In careful and colorful detail, Aitken resurrects this nearly forgotten giant of the faith and establishes Newton in his rightful place as one who has altered the course of western history."
—Robert Lupton, President, FCS Urban Ministries, Atlanta
"Skilled biographer that he is, my friend Jonathan Aitken has brought to life one of eighteenth-century England's most influential Christians. The story of amazing grace both in the life of Newton and in the song that has become the Christian national anthem."
—Charles Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview
"Only God could take a vile slave trader and turn him into a useful instrument in abolishing the slave trade and igniting a gospel revival, the flames of which are burning still. The story of Newton's life inspires all who seek to follow the path of Jesus today."
—Timothy George, Founding Dean, Beeson Divinity School; General Editor, Reformation Commentary on Scripture
"John Newton not only wrote one of the greatest hymns of all time-he lived one of the greatest stories of salvation."
—Rodney Stark, Author of The Rise of Christianity
"Even more amazing than Newton's life with all its drama and color is the reminder of how completely revolutionary is God's agenda to change the world his own way and through imperfect, broken people. Newton is just another entry to God's long resumé of his amazing grace in changed lives."
—James MacDonald, Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Rolling Meadows, Illinois; author, Vertical Church
"An informed, authoritative biography of the man who played a critical role in helping William Wilberforce abolish the slave trade. His life story is absolutely spell-binding. I could not put the book down."
—Armand M. Nicholi Jr., M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Author of The Question of God
"Jonathan Aitken has written a book that, enriched by fresh research into unpublished papers, will enhance his reputation as one of today's foremost biographers."
—Michael Green, Author, Theologian, Former Canon Missioner of Holy Trinity Church, Raleigh, North Carolina
A captivating history of a man moving from sin to blessing as a result of God's divine grace.Published 1 month ago by venadoloco
Outstanding. History, adventure, search for God all in one biography. The abolition of the slave trade was one of the pivotal historical events in world history, but John... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JF
Newtons life is what makes this book good. The writer in a detailed manner gives us very inside details, perhaps a few more than needed but it cannot be accused of not being... Read morePublished 1 month ago by bktypea
Wow...wow...wow! That isn't a very eloquent review, but it fits. As a pastor, songwriter, musician, and aspiring writer I now have a new superhero -- John Newton. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hipolito E. Flores
Great life story of the author of "Amazing Grace". Open my eyes to the history of the church in the 18th century and the abolition of slavery. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rosita Hinrichs
I am not done with this book, but I am thoroughly enjoying it thus far. I recommended this to a friend who, in turn, inspired another friend to read it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ellen J. Johnson
Excellent biography of a man largely overlooked in today's world. Newton was the author of "Amazing Grace," yes, but his influence on the eighteenth century in which he lived was... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Conrad M. Cohen
A fairly comprehensive bio of the man who wrote the hymn, and meant every word. From drunken, depraved, curse-a-second, lascivious sailor to beloved minister... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sue J