Friday, April 19, 2013

Book Review: John Newton

John Crotts' John Newton provides a synopsis of the life, conversion, and ministry of a man so touched by the grace of God, he lived to show it to others. 

Most biographies of John Newton focus on his participation in the slave trade.  This rendition of his life focused more on Jesus who saved this man despite his many failings rather than glorifying his sinful life.  The focus is on the God who saves to the uttermost and Newton's response to such amazing grace.

The author took great pains to illustrate sin through the Scriptures allowing the reader to identify with Newton rather than criticize and judge him.  The various examples of grace extended to Newton throughout his life sowed into the reader a wonderful picture of the Amazing God who gives such amazing grace.  Because of this amazing grace shown throughout Newton's life is that the reader can fully understand why Newton was so passionate about receiving this grace and extending it to others.  Newton's acts of reciprocating this grace is poignant in his willingness to transcend denominational barriers.

The last two chapter focus on the essence of his hymns and letters.  His hymns were brought about through his his own spiritual experiences and gratitude toward his Savior.  They were also used to connect God's Word to the hearer and therefore to Jesus.  His letters served to encourage, educate, comfort, and preach the Word of God.  This, just as the hymns, were a vital part of his ministry.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and think it a great asset to spark the interest for further study.

I received complimentary copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.

1 comment:

  1. Karen

    Thanks for contributing to the blog tour.

    Shaun Tabatt
    Cross Focused Reviews

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