John Newton by Jonathan Aitken
From Disgrace to Amazing Grace

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Most Christians know John Newton as a man who once captained a slave ship, was dramatically converted to Christ on the high seas, and later penned one of the greatest hymns of the faith, "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. Newton's friendship with Wilberforce is portrayed in the major motion picture Amazing Grace.

Jonathan Aitken's new biography John Newton 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 It is the first biography to draw on Newton's unpublished diaries and correspondence, providing fresh insight into the life of this complex and memorable Christian. The result is a fascinating, colorful, and historically significant portrait of John Newton, a self-described "great sinner" redeemed by a great Savior through amazing grace.


About Jonathan Aitken

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JONATHAN AITKEN, an Oxford graduate in both law and theology, is the author of the award-winning biography Nixon: A Life. A former British M.P. and cabinet member, his political career ended in 1999 when he served a seven-month prison term for perjury in a civil case. He is now a lecturer, author, columnis,t and broadcaster.
Published June 7, 2007 by Crossway Books. 404 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction

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The Gospel Coalition

And there is much more to his life than the hymn “Amazing Grace.” But even though Newton’s life cannot be reduced to mere “hymnwriter,” Aitken understands that “Amazing Grace” is what he is best known for.

Nov 20 2008 | Read Full Review of John Newton: From Disgrace to...


There can be no more "amazing" story than that of the writing of "Amazing Grace," considered by some to be America's national hymn.

Sep 15 2007 | Read Full Review of John Newton: From Disgrace to...

Discerning Reader

This account takes us from Newton's days of joyous depravity to his dramatic conversion to his new life and ultimately to the moment he went to meet the great Savior he had come to know and love.

Jun 12 2007 | Read Full Review of John Newton: From Disgrace to...

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