- Library Binding: 3980 pages
- Publisher: Banner of Truth (December 1, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 085151460X
- ISBN-13: 978-0851514604
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 10.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,584,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Works of John Newton [6 Volumes]
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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 H. Spurgeon
'What 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
'It was Newton's goodness rather than his greatness that rendered him so especially attractive the abundance of the grace of God that was in him. In this respect he was preeminent, justifying the eulogy of William Jay who speaks of him as one of the most perfect instances of the spirit and temper of Christianity he ever knew. Some men excel in one virtue more than another. But Newton's character was beautiful in its entireness. It rested on a solid foundation the initial Christian grace of humility, and of this grace he was a most striking example. He never for a moment forgot that by the grace of God he was what he was.' --Josiah Bull --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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.' --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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In case you were wondering, the font is quite large and easy to read (it is not a microfilm or copy). Of course the punctuation and syntax are a bit dated, but the set is edited and laid out well. There's even a decent Scripture index and topical index at the end of volume six.
I realize that a used set might go for over one hundred dollars, but I do believe it is worth that. The letters themselves are perfect for reading one or two per day (meaning this set makes for great devotional reading). And, above all, Newton constantly directs the reader's attention to our loving Savior who abounds in grace towards sinners.
The set consists of:
Vol.1--Memoirs of Newton (With Remarks by Richard Cecil). Forty-one letters on religious subjects by Omicron and Vigil (Newton). Cardiphonia (Letters by Newton).
Vol.2--Cardiphonia (continued). Six Discourses (sermons) as Intended for the Pulpit. Twenty Sermons Preached in the Parish Church of Onley.
Vol.3--A Review of Ecclesiatical History. Olney Hymns.
Vol.4--Fifty Sermons (abridged by Newton).
Vol.5--Tracts (3). Sermons (7). Letters to a Wife (1750-1754). Letters to a Wife (1754-1785).
Vol.6--Letters Intended as a Sequel to Cardiphonia. Misscellaneous Papers Extracted from Periodical Publications.
By all means purchase this set if you can. Newton is simple and practical. A real treasure of rich spiritual wisdom that will reward anyone who takes the time to mine its nearly 4000 pages.
I think I was expecting a much more difficult book to read. I was pleasantly surprised with the accessibility of the writing despite the depth of the content. This is great stuff. It's easy to get caught up in the spiritual "weasel-words" of the day. There are many contemporary authors right now that are writing many excellent things, but it really is refreshing to get a different perspective on spiritual matters. Metaphors and analogies that are unfamiliar but quite striking are riddled through this work.
I'll have to provide a follow-up review when I finish this work (hopefully before 2010!) but as of now, I heartily recommend to anyone interested.