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John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace | [Jonathan Aitken]

John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace

John Henry Newton (1725 - 1807) was an Englishman, Anglican clergyman, and a former slave-ship captain. He was the author of many hymns, including "Amazing Grace". Here is a fascinating, colorful, and historically significant portrait of the slave-trader-turned-Christ-follower.
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John Henry Newton (1725 - 1807) was an Englishman, Anglican clergyman, and a former slave-ship captain. He was the author of many hymns, including "Amazing Grace". Here is a fascinating, colorful, and historically significant portrait of the slave-trader-turned-Christ-follower.

©2007 Jonathan Aitken; (P)2009 Crossway Audio

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"Only God could take a vile slave trader and turn him into a useful instrument in abolishing the slave trade and igniting a gospel revival, the flames of which are burning still. The story of Newton's life inspires all who seek to follow the path of Jesus today." (Timothy George, Executive Editor, Christianity Today)

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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 03-10-13
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    A wonderful complementary piece to Metaxas' Amazing Grace, the story of William Wilberforce, the major opponent to the British slave trade who almost single-handedly turned the tide away from the evils of slavery toward human compassion in Great Britian, and eventually, in America as well. John Newton was an influence on the young Methodist-minded Wilberforce, as Newton had been a former slave ship caption, converted to Christianity and turned to the ministry, so he could relate the horrible truths of what happened during the hideous and infamous "middle passage." Read this along with Metaxas' book. The two books are a great lesson in history and how compassion can change the human heart.

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    "Very insightful"

    I really enjoyed listening about the life of John Newton. He has a powerful story and a very interesting life. I learned a lot about him through this audiobook, though there were a few times where it felt a little drawn out (especially near the middle once he became a pastor).

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    Jerry R Thomas Blue Ridge, GA, US 04-16-12
    Jerry R Thomas Blue Ridge, GA, US 04-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A masterful work on an inspirational role-model"
    Where does John Newton rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the finest that I have heard.


    What other book might you compare John Newton to and why?

    It has the depth of Jonathan Edwards by Marsden, but the intrigue of the story of the Apostle Paul in the book of Acts.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Aitken – was your favorite?

    Obviously, John Newton.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, if possible, but being such a long book, it was not possible.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is an inspiration to a young clergyman - Newton's life could serve as a godly pattern for any servant of the Lord wanting to make a difference in other individual's lives as well as in the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Sierra Vista, AZ, United States 06-25-11
    Kenneth Sierra Vista, AZ, United States 06-25-11
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    "Excellent! One of the best!"

    I heartily recommend this to anyone.. A great book, easy to listen to.
    Lots of historic characters with lots of researched detail on how they interacted.
    Thank you John Aitken!

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  • Colin
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    "Superb account of a remarkable life"

    Accounts of Newton's life often begin and end with his youthful adventures and eventual conversion but treat the remaining decades of his life as almost incidental. This is understandable given the extraordinary events of his early days - fact really is stranger than fiction here! But Aitken has done a superb job of relating Newton's magnificent contribution to English church life (which didn't begin and end with the composition of 'Amazing Grace') as well has his indispensable role in the abolitionist movement.
    Aitken is not a professional narrator and that shows at times. However, knowing that he is the author, and has had personal experience of 'disgrace to grace', means that this enhances rather than distracts from the listeners experience. The biggest irritation is the ghastly American voice that introduces each chapter and the nauseous music that accompanies it. However, not even that can detract from a magnificent story magnificently told.

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  • Anna
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    "An amazing and very inspiring story"

    This book is worth listening to....esp in this format! It could be hard going on paper, but it is, i found, so interesting and listening to it makes that possible to 'read'.
    It is narrated by the author too, which makes it all that more special, esp when you know his story.

    Some of of the content is from Newton's own diary, and he wrote beautifully...eg, the way he wrote about and loved his wife!.
    It takes you away to another time, where they loved in a different way...where most people were hard working, and had respect and honour, and knew what it was to sacrifice and give.

    The author/narrator, at times, does sound as if he has been reading for too long, but this didnt actually bother me, as i felt like i had a private reading session with the author, and him reading it aloud must have been hard going! So he did well!

    But all in all, a beautiful, inspiring story and worth listening to!

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    "Extraordinary man with profound story"
    Would you listen to John Newton again? Why?

    This is a story you will want to come back to again and again. It is a message for all of us, not least as an example of God's redemptive powers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Newton was a remarkable hero in many ways. Little recognised and understood. Normally just seen as a converted slave trader and nothing more. He was far, far more. Poet, preacher, scholar, great shepherd of his flocks and remarkable husband.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Probably not tried to read when he was tired and over several chapters when he clearly had a chest infection. A shame really but he has a clear voice and enunciates well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, the chapters are well managed with good cliff hangers.


    Any additional comments?

    Marvellous biographical work and an interesting picture of the Church at the time.

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