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John Newton (Paperback Edition): From Disgrace to Amazing Grace (utgåvan 2013)

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John Newton is one of the most important and influential men of the 18th century. His famous conversion during a storm at sea led to his new role as a social reformer and key figure in the abolition of slavery. In this book, Jonathan Aitken discovers the man, his motivation and beliefs.
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Titel:John Newton (Paperback Edition): From Disgrace to Amazing Grace
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John Newton is best known as the author of Amazing Grace but this brilliant new biography shows how he led one of the most colourful and influential lives of the 18th century.Using a wealth of unpublished material, Jonathan Aitken charts Newton's journey through slave trading, best selling authorship, ordination, church leadership, abolitionist campaigning and the spiritual mentoring of William Wilberforce and William Cowper. From Newton's rip-roaring adventures on the high seas to his emergence as a pivotal figure in the abolitionist and evangelical movements this is a life of amazing achievement as well as of Amazing Grace.
  Paul_Brunning | Apr 26, 2016 |
What I got most from this book was the gracefulness that saving grace gave to John Newton. In an age of fracture among English Protestants he managed to keep himself (barely) within the church of England while maintaining great friendships & fellowship with his fellow ministers of several different denominational backgrounds. He even vocally opposed riotous mobs rampaging against Catholics by a recognition of men who were most certainly God's own among their ranks. He lovingly corresponded with a very liberal minister for some time, rather than debating him, and eventually saw him won to the truth & greatly used by God. He showed great hospitality to many, continually opening his home, which enabled him to reach many of the well-to-do & led him to his dear friendship with & saving from suicide of the great poet William Cowper. He was sensitive to the practical wisdom of how to lead a church, preaching about an hour so as not to bore or let his congregation be distressed about their meal cooking at home.

I was encouraged by the frank assessment of his spiritual struggles & the fact that it took him many years to wrestle with the practical out workings of his faith. For instance, he thought nothing of the common practice of receiving basically a bribe in his job prior to being ordained until John Wesley preached about ethics at work. He continually struggled with what many good men probably struggle with: am I idolizing my wife & putting her before God?

I was also impressed with how he was either helped by, or later he used the influence of prominent & wealthy Christians to further the kingdom of God. His ordination was secured by the intervention of one such. He encouraged William Wilberforce to use all his parliamentary talents for God's glory & the good of mankind. He also made sure that the first ship of convicts headed to the colony of Australia had a chaplain, because he cared even about their souls. It just made me realize again how good it is when God blesses Christians with wealth & power & they use it rightly, to further the gospel's cause.

The book was well written and quite interesting. A very good biography that I'd recommend to anybody who asks, but not so great that I'll rave about it without prompting. Especially interesting to anyone considering entering the ministry. ( )
  deferredreward | Jul 28, 2011 |
I always thought John Newton had a dramatic shipboard conversion when he was a slave ship captain and changed his life immediately. He did have a dramatic shipboard conversion when he was in a shipwreck in a terrible storm, but he became a slave ship captain after that. His lifestyle change was gradual over years, but he later spent at least five hours a day in prayer. His ministry was incredible, preaching and teaching and writing books and hymns as well as learning from and mentoring other great Christians of the time. He kept detailed diaries, and this book tells his life story from his diaries, letters, and public writings as well as other historical documents. The only thing that disappointed me was that even quoting so much from Newton's diaries, there wasn't anything to explain his transition from slave ship owner to abolitionist. Early in his Christian life he didn't see anything incompatible between Christian faith and the slave trade and late in life, he became an ardent abolitionist. Perhaps it was a gradual evolution, but it isn't clear how it came about. With the hymn Amazing Grace, his other hymns and books, and his mentoring and support of William Wilberforce (even convincing Wilberforce to remain a politician when he considered entering the ministry),John Newton left a remarkable legacy. ( )
  lillieammann | Sep 23, 2010 |
I always thought John Newton had a dramatic shipboard conversion when he was a slave ship captain and changed his life immediately. He did have a dramatic shipboard conversion when he was in a shipwreck in a terrible storm, but he became a slave ship captain after that. His lifestyle change was gradual over years, but he later spent at least five hours a day in prayer. His ministry was incredible, preaching and teaching and writing books and hymns as well as learning from and mentoring other great Christians of the time. He kept detailed diaries, and this book tells his life story from his diaries, letters, and public writings as well as other historical documents. The only thing that disappointed me was that even quoting so much from Newton's diaries, there wasn't anything to explain his transition from slave ship owner to abolitionist. Early in his Christian life he didn't see anything incompatible between Christian faith and the slave trade and late in life, he became an ardent abolitionist. Perhaps it was a gradual evolution, but it isn't clear how it came about. With the hymn Amazing Grace, his other hymns and books, and his mentoring and support of William Wilberforce (even convincing Wilberforce to remain a politician when he considered entering the ministry),John Newton left a remarkable legacy. ( )
  lillieammann | Sep 23, 2010 |
If you think you know all about the life of John Newton, you probably want to read Jonathan Aitken's "John Newton, From Disgrace to Amazing Grace". You will most likely discover many new facts about the life of this amazing individual. And even if you don't, Aitken's presentation cannot fail to impress you as he relates how God reached down and took this "wretch" and made him one of the most influential Christian leaders of all time.

Though I had a rough knowledge of Newton, this book opened my eyes to many important details I did not know.

I did not know, for example, that Newton was impressed into the British Navy. And while I knew that he had spent some time in Africa as a slave, consistently mistreated by his African mistress, I did not realize that he later returned to that very place as a ship's captain and ate fruit from the very trees that he had planted.

Perhaps the thing that surprised me most was discovering that Newton" stint as the captain of a slave ship came after his dramatic conversion. Only later in life did he renounce the slave trade.

Of course, when he did renounce it, he became one of its most vocal opponents, influencing the great William Wilberforce.

Speaking of Wilberforce, did you know that Newton first met him when he was a child attending the church Newton pastored? I didn't.

Aitken spends a lot of time explaining the background of Newton's most famous work--the hymn Amazing Grace. Once again, I was unaware of the fact that Newton probably never heard it sung to the melody we all know so well. In fact, the hymn, which was part of a collection of hymns Newton wrote in collaboration with William Cowper, was hardly sung at all in Newton's native England. Ironically, it only gained popularity when it was adopted by the African community in America--among them the sons and daughters of slaves Newton had brought over on his ship.

This is just a smattering of the interesting things you will learn if you read this book. Added to his prolific research is the personal "baggage" Aitken carries himself. The story of John Newton is written by a man who himself has known the depths of despair and experienced firsthand God's amazing grace.

If you know nothing of John Newton, or if you think you know something about him, you should make the investment to read this book. You will not be sorry. ( )
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[Foreword] Grace, like water, always flows downward, to the lowest place.
[Preface] Who was John Newton?
The old saying, "The child is father to the man" has the ring of truth about it in the life of John Newton.
[Epilogue] John Newton left behind him an enduring legacy.
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JOHN NEWTON
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
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