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'In few writers are christian doctrine, experience and practice more happily balanced than in the author of these Letters, and few write with more simplicity, piety and force.' --Charles Spurgeon

'When thousands have derived repeated profit and pleasure from the perusal of these utterances of the heart! Nor ever will they cease to be found means of grace whilst God has a church on earth.' --William Jay

About the Author

Born in London in 1725, deprived of the godly influence of his mother before he was seven years old, John Newton was but two years at school before he went, at the age of eleven, on his first voyage with his father, a sea captain. From that time till the age of thirty, when his health was broken by a stroke, Newton endured the wild rigours of a life before the mast, including being press-ganged aboard a naval vessel and flogged when captured after desertion. Only his love for the youthful Mary Catlett preserved him from suicide. He was released from the navy only to join in the slave traffic across the Atlantic, and was reduced almost to death on the Guinea coast before being delivered by a friend of his father's.

Throughout these sad events there ran a divine purpose; and while Newton forgot the Saviour whom his mother had so often commended to him in childhood, and while he became, like one of old, a 'blasphemer and injurious,' it was all leading to a day in the midst of a tremendous storm at sea when he was brought to say: 'I stood in need of an Almighty Saviour, and such a one I found described in the New Testament. The Lord had wrought a marvellous thing.'
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth (April 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851519512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851519517
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reading 18th century John Newton's letters is like cozying up to a warm fire for an intimate one-on-one with a Christian grandfather passing on his life-lessons. It's like listening to John Bunyon's Pilgrim, but instead of allegory, these are the words of a real person who knew well of the sufferings and "amazing grace" of Christ, who having been comforted of God is able to comfort others. It's like having a personal mentor discipling the reader on the struggles and joys of the Christian life. It's a taste of heaven, a hint of that fellowship in the Spirit that connects all believers in the Body of Christ, transcending place and time. These letters are responsive, by which Newton as a Christian 'Dear Abby' warns, instructs, encourages, energizes, and, in tenderness, corrects. Today's reader can not only benefit by personal application, but also by noting Newton's words and tone as an example of how to relate to others, an example of interpersonal relations and brotherly, edifying counsel. This book enlarges the heart and magnifies the Lord who saves to the uttermost "wretches" like us. (For the new Christian who hasn't walked very far yet in the Christian journey, there may be a disconnect with this book, but it will make sense shortly, for despite difference in details, there is a commonality in the way God trains us up.)
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What a wonderful collection of letters by this immortal saint who did so much wrong and cruelty and yet was saved and delivered by faith in Jesus. His letters are simple but extremely honest and endearing, touching the soul deeply with every word. I read and re-read them many times. Very, very beautiful and precious volume!
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One of the best biographies I have ever read. I'm reading it for the second time and have purchased a copy for my pastor and recommended it to others. The chapters are just the right length. It is easy to read and to be "caught up" in. Very accurate handling of his relationship with William Cowper, which other authors have mishandled. Memorable book.
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Without sitting down and writing an advice book, John Newton did write personal letters to real people with Biblical exhortation applied to actual situations. The letters in this book share similarities with the minor epistles (written by Paul, John, Peter and Jude) - but not in a Canonical sense, mind you.
I wish I had heard about this book a long time ago - it's good stuff.
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This book is written in old-fashioned language and may be hard for some to follow. But if you can press in for the timeless nuggets of advice it is well worth it. I have purchased this book for many of my friends who are in ministry of some kind or another. Some have returned it to me unread. But many others have asked where they can order their own copy. My own book is well-marked and I re-read it about every other year. I highly recommend this book!
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From reading John Newton's letters, I get the impression that he was uncompromisingly Biblical in his beliefs & doctrine , but , as a person , seems very genuine & kind. I wish that we were able to keep up writing correspondences like that these days. I bought the book for myself but enjoyed it so much that I soon bought another copy to send to a friend --who is also enjoying it very much.
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I have been provoked to deeper thinking through these letters. Whether I like a person's ideas or not, when they cn provoke me to deeper thinking, this makes them a worthy read.
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