There are very few people who are not familiar with the beautiful 'Amazing Grace' hymn. Yet there are not many who know its author's name and the story behind the unforgetable words!
The 'Life of John Newton' was originally published in 1831 by the American Sunday School Union or ASSU.
Faithfully and accurately reproduced by Attic Books, this New Leaf Publishing Group's copy comes with a worn and ancient looking cover and ragged pages, an absolute treasure!
This is the story of a troubled young man. His father was a Sea Captain, his mother passed away when John Newton was still very young. From his journal we know young Newton took great delight in doing the opposite of everything his mother spiritually taught him.
Pressed into the Royal Navy, he served as midshipman on a war ship. From his own admission, we know him to have become a depraved and wicked person. Deserting his ship, he was eventually caught and demoted to common sailor.
Upon his release from the Royal Navy, he makes several voyages in the African Trade only to fall sick during a ensuing trip. Circumstances change and he becomes literally a slave himself, finally to be rescued by a friend of his father.
The story continues with John Newton becoming a God fearing follower of Jesus and becoming Captain of his own ship...and the rest is of course history.
An amazing story behind a most uplifting hymn! This is an excellent addition to anyone's library, particularly Sunday school teachers and homeschoolers.
I gladly give it 4 stars!
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