You probably know of John Newton as the man who penned the famous words of Amazing Grace. You might even know a little of his story — maybe about him being a slave-trader or living a rough life on the seas.
But there’s so much more to John Newton than that.
For instance, did you know he fell hopelessly in love with his future wife (Polly) when they were only in their mid-teens? Did you know he was famous for writing hundreds of letters by hand?
God truly led him in a miraculous way. So many times, he could have been destroyed either physically or spiritually, and yet God spared him. Saved him time after time, although he wasn’t yet trusting in the Savior’s redemption.
I recently had the privilege of reviewing John Newton (affiliate link) by John Crotts, and thoroughly enjoyed learning more about this great man of God. His hymns have blessed me — and thousands of others. Many of his other writings have been preserved and encouraged so many Christian hearts.
This biography contains a lot of information in only 137 pages. It has 5 chapters dedicated to various aspects of Newton’s life, and 2 chapters containing some of his hymns and other writings. It also includes a very helpful section at the end with recommendations for further reading.
John Newton is more than just a biography, though. The author offers some observations based on Newton’s life that might be relevant to today’s readers. He doesn’t just tell the story from beginning to end, but weaves events together to portray God’s miraculous hand working in His timeless fashion. It was a little different than what I’d expected, but I came to appreciate his style of presenting things by the end of the book.
If you want to learn more about the great hymn-writers and theologians in our church’s history, I would recommend this Bitesize Biography of John Newton.
Do you enjoy biographies? Why or why not?
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for sharing my review, which has been shared on Amazon as well. This post also contains my affiliate links.