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.
The book is great, BUT the Kindle version is a different book than the hardbound copy. The Kindle has hundreds of Newton's letters organized by topic, while this hardbound book has the letters organized by recipient. I didn't read the whole Kindle version, so I don't know whether all the letters are the same in both versions. I've reported this to Amazon.
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.
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.
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!