Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

The Life of John Newton and the Surprising Story Behind His Song


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Amazing Grace is the surprising true story of John Newton, author of the song that has touched millions. A biography that reads like a novel, it reveals Newton’s dramatic story of sin and salvation as a slave trader before his ultimate transformation to speaking out against the horror of slavery. His story speaks to the brokenness within us all and our need for God’s amazing grace—and reveals the truth behind his song.

Amazing Grace is based on years of research on the life and writings of John Newton. It tells of a prodigal who returns home, and a young love that defies the odds; of a young man whose life is torn by grief and wounded by the cruelty of others, following his descent into deeper suffering and finally into the brutal world of the slave trade. Newton rejects God repeatedly but is rescued by a divine mercy that reaches deeper than he could ever have imagined as he ultimately faces his past and repents.

Newton’s story is shocking, and Amazing Grace does not try to airbrush or excuse his faults. There are glaring contradictions in the life of a ship’s Captain who retreats to his cabin to study his Bible and write tender love letters to his wife while hundreds of slaves lie in chains in the hold below.

Since the first public singing of “Amazing Grace” almost 250 years ago, every generation has been profoundly moved by the song, and now readers can connect with John Newton’s story like never before. In these days of extreme polarization when beliefs about race, church, and politics have all become deeply divisive in society, we need grace more than ever. We need stories like this one that talk honestly about the human condition but even more about the relentless love of God and his forgiveness of sins.


ISBN: 9781400336609
Producer: Thomas Nelson
Product Code: 10090777
Dimensions: 152 x 229 mm
Product type: Paperback
Number of pages: 240
Release Date: 16.03.2023
Language: English

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Jackie Rowe  (06.03.2023)

I came to this book thinking that I knew pretty much all there was to know about John Newton and his hymn, Amazing Grace. How wrong I was. I had no idea how totally immersed in the horrors of the slave trade he was, and the number of close shaves with death he had had. The second part of the book focuses on his own growth in grace, his ministry to others, his marriage, his close friendship with William Cowper and, later, his joining those who worked for the abolition of the slave trade. The hymn was written to challenge and encourage the congregation he pastored in Olney, as the new year began in 1773. It perfectly sums up his past life and his hope for the future. From the first to the last page I was gripped by the powerful narrative and I found it hard to put the book down.

Mr C Large  (23.02.2023)

What a superb read. The authors said that they wanted to turn their research of Newton’s life into a “dramatised biography” and they did more than that. I cannot remember when I read a book so quickly. It was riveting and I couldn’t put it down.

The message of God’s Grace as displayed to Newton throughout his life as he went from sinner to great evangelist are just as relevant to today’s society. “Custom, example, and interest had blinded his eyes. “. Our society today is clearly “in danger of self deception “ and need to, like Newton, “turn to Christ afresh”.

Whether historian or a Christian this is a must read new book about John Newton.

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