John Newton  -     By: John Crotts
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The people who know John Newton's name often only know one or two things about him. They recognize that he authored one of the most popular hymns of all time, 'Amazing Grace'. The other thing they sometimes know is that he was a slaveship captain before he wrote that hymn. Those facts are true, but there is a great deal more to his story! This addition to the Bitesize Biography Series will give you a fuller picture of this often over-looked leader of the Evangelical movement of the 18th century.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Evangelical Press
ISBN: 0852349084
ISBN-13: 9780852349083
Series: Bitesize Biographies

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  1. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Man I want to meet in Heaven.
    May 13, 2013
    Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    There are many Christian Saints whom I am eager to meet in heaven. Imagine being able to walk and talk with the men and women who gave themselves fully to God throughout the ages! Imagine listening to them praise Him for His faithfulness and care, and imagine hearing of the trials He carried them through. Imagine being able to see the Christlike beauty in their soul formed by years of walking with the Lord. Oh yes. That shall be a joy in Heaven.

    Until then, we can glean wisdom from the lives of the Saints by reading well written biographies about them.

    The Bitesize Biographies help us with this.

    These books are small and yet packed with information, fact filled and yet very personal.

    They engage the spirit and mind of the reader by exploring the godly legacy left by a Christian man or woman. In this book by John Crotts, it is John Newton whose life we shall learn from.

    John Newton was a man whose life showed the Amazing Grace of God. It is perfect that he was the man to write that hymn- a hymn that speaks for all of us.

    John Newton was a man truly amazed by grace, and this slim volume reflects on why we must live in daily amazement because of grace as Christians.

    In this biography, we read about his childhood, at his godly mother's knee, where he memorized Scripture and Isaac Watt's hymns.

    We read of his youth as a rebel and blasphemer once his mother died.

    We read of his blind years, when God's protecting, providing hand was unseen to John.

    We read of his efforts to reform his life with morals, failing again and again before being overwhelmed with Grace.

    We read of the wife God sent him, Polly, whom he loved with a passion all through their marriage, and who served beside him in his ministry.

    We read of his pastoral heart, shown in the letters that he wrote to counsel and encourage those who needed help and guidance.

    We read of his love for the Gospel and his desire to be in fellowship with every man who truly preached the Gospel, refusing to be divided over trivial man made doctrines.

    We read of his time mentoring William Wilberforce, and how he helped Wilberforce to change the world.

    And we see the proof of Romans 8:28 in clarity, that God works all things for His people's good.

    John Newton's life illustrates that every terrible, dark, sinful thing can be used to bring Glory to Christ.

    The time John Newton spent working on a slave ship allowed him to expose the brutality of slavery, and gave him passion to write and speak against the slave trade.

    John Newton's friendship with poet William Cowper and the hymns John's mother had taught him as a child helped him to write the awe inspiring hymns he did, amazing Grace among them.

    John Crotts has many quotable paragraphs in this finely written book. Some of my favorite lines come from his chapters on John Newton's letter writing ministry, his love for Polly his wife, and the hymns he wrote, outpourings of his worship. I will be re-reading this book in the future, Lord willing, and I also have a family member who has placed it on his to read next list. He is now reading Wilberforce's biography from Eric Metaxas, and is eager to read John Crott's Bitesize Biography of Newton.

    Thank you to the author and to Cross Focused Reviews for sending this book to us to review!
  2. Rochester, MN
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    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    What a joy to read
    April 19, 2013
    A Cluttered Mind
    Rochester, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    What a treat! I'll start off right off the top: get this book. Read it. Read it to your children. Give it to your grandchildren. But get this book and delight yourself in it.

    I love the concept of the 'bitesize biographies.' For those who might not ever read a full-blown biography, Evangelical Press is doing a great service in giving a very short, brief overview of notable Christians. This particular biography on Newton is enough to whet anyone's appetite to read more. Crotts also delivers on that front as well, giving several suggested books for further reading.

    Newton's life is a wonder; his most famous hymn, 'Amazing Grace,' truly sums up his life, his conversion and his years of ministry. I remember some years back, attending a Desiring God Conference for Pastors where John Piper did a bio-sketch on Newton. Tears flowed freely as he recalled the delightful mercies of the Lord in Newton's life.

    Crotts does a masterful job of giving the necessary glimpses of Newton's life. I'm so glad that he spent a good amount of time describing his friendship with William Cowper. I hope EP does a bio sketch of him. What a delight that would be, as well.

    To all who read this review, please get this book. Read it. Praise the Lord for His marvelous love, tender mercy and amazing grace.
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