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Amazing Grace, from acclaimed director, Michael Apted, tells the inspiring story of how one man's passion and perseverance changed the world. Based on the true-life story of William Wilberforce (Gruffudd), a leader of the British abolition movement, the film chronicles his epic struggle to pass a law to end the slave trade in the late 18th century. Along the way, Wilberforce meets intense opposition from members of Parliament who feel the slave trade is tied to the stability of the British Empire. Several friends, including Wilberforce's minister, John Newton (Finney), a reformed slave ship captain who penned the beloved hymn Amazing Grace, urge him to see the cause through. Rated PG. Approx. 111 Minutes.
DVD Special Features:
- Widescreen, Closed Captioned
- English, Spanish and French Subtitles
- Audio Commentary with Director Michael Apted and Ioan Gruffudd
- How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace - Documentary
- Finding Freedom
- Interactive Discussion Tools and Study Guides
- Music video of Grammy Nominee Chris Tomlin's version of Amazing Grace
The man who wrote the song 'Amazing Grace' began his career as the captain of a slave ship. When God changed his heart and his life, he began to free the people he kept captive. This is the amazing story of how Newton found 'amazing grace' and became a champion of the faith and abolition.
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.
Amazing Grace: The Story of America's Most Beloved SongSteve TurnerHarper Perennial / 2003 / Trade Paperback$13.49 Retail:
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As a young man, John Newton was pressed into the Royal Navy, but was such a rebellious sailor that he was moved to a slave ship in Madeira and eventually became a "servant of slaves in Africa." He was rescued from Africa by a merchant ship, but on the voyage back to England his ship endured an eleven-hour storm on the Atlantic---after which, reflecting on his miraculous survival and on his wretched state in Africa, he converted to Christianity. Back in England, he eventually became a minister and, still later, a vocal abolitionist. During his time as a Church of England parish priest, he and a friend, the poet William Cowper, began experimenting with what was then a relatively new form of religious song, the Protestant hymn, when he wrote "Amazing Grace" for use among his congregation.
The hymn made its way across the Atlantic to South Carolina, where the lyrics were published for the first time with a tune. Through the nineteenth century it appeared in more and more hymnals, and in the twentieth century it rose to become a gospel and folk standard, then exploded into pop music with Judy Collins's masterful 1970 a capella recording, which took over the charts. In fact, the majority of the more than 450 recordings of "Amazing Grace" held by the Library of Congress were made after 1970. Turner traces the hymn through the American gospel tradition in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and interviews contemporary artists to reveal why they were compelled to record the hymn.
steve Turner is the author of Trouble Man: The Life and Death of Marvin Gaye, A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles' Song, Hungry for Heaven: Rock and Roll and the Search for Redemption, Jack Kerouac: Angelheaded Hipster, and Van Morrison: Too Late to Stop Now. He lives in London with his wife and two children.
John Newton is famous for his legendary hymn "Amazing Grace." Many have celebrated his dramatic conversion from a life in the slave trade to his eventual work to end it. But often overlooked are Newton's forty years as a pastor ministering to parishioners and friends unsettled by the trials, doubts, and fears of life.
Newton is perhaps the greatest pastoral letter writer in the history of the church. He took up his pen day after day to help others fix their eyes on Christ, which, he writes, is the underlying battle of the Christian life. Through a careful study of scores of letters, Tony Reinke brings together Newton's brilliant vision of the Christian life in one accessible place.
The inspiring biography of the man who lived and penned Amazing Grace!
-Poignant letters and vignettes from John Newton's own memoirs
-his life as a despairing beggar, slave ship captain, and finally, a tireless man of God
-His lifelong search for theological knowledge, and his mentoring of young ministers
-Meticulous reproduction from the 1831 original biography.
A mother who believed her beloved son would be a minister. The angry son who chose a different path - one of disobedience until he became transformed into an influential minister and hymnist.
Such is the life of John Newton - a man who fled the face of God until so hardened of heart that a life for Christ seemed an impossibility. A near death experience upon the seas set him on a journey to re-discover the God of his childhood. He would continue to grow in the faith until he fulfilled a dream of ministry. Learn more about the man who's own heart cried out the words of "Amazing Grace" and who's voice always spoke of God's limitless mercy and forgiveness.
Most Christians know John Newton as a man who once captained a slave ship, was dramatically converted to Christ on the high seas, and penned the great hymn "Amazing Grace." But he also had a huge impact on his times as an icon of the evangelical movement, as a great preacher and theologian, and as a seminal influence on abolitionist William Wilberforce-a relationship portrayed in the major motion picture Amazing Grace. Jonathan Aitken's new biography explores all these facets of Newton's life and character. It is the first biography to draw on Newton's unpublished diaries and correspondence, providing fresh insight into the life of this complex and memorable Christian. Softcover.
The Amazing Works of John Newton: Words of Grace and Encouragement from the Famous Hymn WriterJohn Newton, Harold ChadwickBridge-Logos Publishing / 2008 / Trade Paperback$4.99 Retail:
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John Newton, the author of "Amazing Grace," was one of the most prolific letter writers, preachers, and hymn writers of all times. His writings are filled with great theology and pastoral reflections, and his sermons delve deeply into the Scriptures. The readers of this book will be stirred and inspired by Newton, and they will be able to apply his teachings to their hearts and lives.Newton shows us that God is always watching overt His children, protecting them, nurturing them, picking them up, cleansing them, sanctifying them, and pouring His amazing grace upon them. This Pure Gold Classic includes an audio-excerpts CD with an inspiring rendition of "Amazing Grace"; a definitive biography of Newton: "Out of the Depths"-Newton's own account of his spiritual journey, letters of encouragement, pastoral letters from Olney, selected sermons based on Handel's Messiah, and selected Olney hymns.John Newton's works are amazing because they still speak to the hearts of believers and help us understand what it means to be a true Christian-the "salt of the earth."
For the 200th anniversary of his death, The Life of John Newton, previously published as, But Now I See, is newly reset. Recount the moving story of God's redeeming and restoring grace to one who wrote his own epitaph: "Once an infidel and libertine, a servant of slaves in Africa, was, by the rich mercy of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, preserved, restored, pardoned, and appointed to preach the faith he had long laboured to destroy."
When John Newton, ex-sea captain and, as yet, unsuccessful candidate for the Church of England ministry, finished his first book (an autobiography) in 1762 there was no ready publisher. Any thought that he was destined to become one of the best known authors of his age would have been as fantastic as the last 37 years of his life. But in both cases the improbable came about. Becoming curate of Olney, a small village in the south of England, in 1764, Newton there laid his reputation as an evangelical writer, pre-eminently by his published letters and by the Olney Hymns (including 'How Great the Name of Jesus Sounds,' 'Glorious things of Thee are spoken' and 'Amazing grace'). Before the end of his subsequent pastorate at St. Mary Woolnoth, London (1780-1807), his writings were prized around the world from America to Australia.
Newton has a firm place in the classics of Christian literature. While his style is strong and clear, it is the spiritual attractiveness and importance of his main themes which secure the permanent value of his writings. Most of his books came, unpremeditated, out of a need to help his congregation or individual hearers, and it is in practical helpfulness towards Christian living that he excels. If he is loved rather than admired, it is for this reason. Conformity to Christ is the one subject upon which his themes finally focus ('It will not be a burden to me at the hour of death that I have thought too highly of Jesus, expected too much from Him myself, or laboured too much in commending and setting Him forth to others'). Not surprisingly, Alexander Whyte could write, 'For myself, I keep John Newton on my selectest shelf of spiritual books: by far the best kind of books in the whole world of books.'
The text of this new four-volume edition of The Works of John Newton has been entirely reformatted, producing a clear and easily navigable set of documents for today's reader.
These letters, selected by his biographer, Josiah Bull, bear the practical imprint of all of Newton's writings; they cover a wide variety of subjects and aim 'to conform the believer to Christ.' "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," C.H. Spurgeon. 416 pages, hardcover from Banner of Truth.
The words of the Apostle Paul in I Timothy 1:15 no doubt resonated with John Newton. As a person who had grown up in the church under the tutelage of a very godly mother and who later became a faithless rebel, Newton may have felt he was “the worst.” But if his story teaches us anything, it is to never give up on anyone no matter how far they seem to be from the Kingdom. As Newton’s most famous hymn says, “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.” This documentary, featuring interviews with Newton scholars Brian H. Edwards, Jonathan Aitken and Tony Baker, thoroughly explores Newton’s life from his turbulent youth to his involvement in the 18th century African slave trade, his dramatic conversion aboard a sinking ship and on through his remarkable ministry as an evangelistic preacher, hymn writer and abolitionist. This fast-paced and insightful documentary serves as an excellent teaching tool and will inspire viewers to take hold of God’s amazing grace. Approx. 45 minutes.
Experience the world that inspired the great hymn "Amazing Grace"! Samuel Woodward and his family escape from slavery in 1856 and travel north along the Underground Railroad to freedom. A century earlier, his own great-grandfather journeys toward slavery in America aboard John Newton's ship. What happened on that voyage that changed the captain so profoundly? 98 minutes.