The Life of John Newton
Hardback, 144 pages
Size: 5-1/2 x 7
It is a reprint of a book from the late 1800’s which is a biography of John Newton. I thought it was really good; they didn’t try to glorify the man they tried to bring out his character. It talks about his childhood and then when he rebelled against the Lord. He became a sailor of sorts. Without going into exact details, basically he was the dirtiest, most profane of the sailors. It goes thru different turning points of his life – both high and low. Overall, the book states what the message is on his tombstone:
John Newton, Clerk
Once an infidel and libertine,
A servant of slaves in Africa,
Was, by the rich mercy of our Lord and Savior
Preserved, restored, pardoned,
And appointed to preach the faith he
Had long laboured to destroy,
Near 16 years at Olney in Bucks;
And – years in the church.
On Feb. 1, 1750, he married,
Daughter of the late George Catlett,
of Chatham, Kent.
He resigned her to the Lord who gave her
On the 15th of December 1790.
I would definitely encourage it to be read by others! This book takes care to use this account of John Newton to encourage others to come to the Lord and seek Him.
Have a wonderfully blessed day!