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Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found.

Now remembered as the author of the world's most famous hymn, in the mid-18th century, as England and France stand on the brink of war, John Newton was a young sailor wandering aimlessly through life. His only duty was to report to his ship and avoid disgracing his father - until the night he heard Polly Catlett's enchanting voice caroling. He was immediately smitten and determined to win her affection.

An intense connection quickly formed between the two, but John's reckless spirit and disregard for the Christian life were concerns for the responsible, devout Polly. When an ill-fated stop at a tavern left John imprisoned and bound, Polly had to choose to either stand by his side or walk out of his life forever. Would she forfeit her future for the man she loved?

Step back through history to uncover the true love story behind a song that continues to stir the hearts and ignite the faith of millions around the globe.

©2016 Jody Hedlund (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Seriously wonderful! I couldn't stop listening!

This book was so splendidly wonderful I literally could not stop listening! I love this author she is so very enthralling. She gets my mind so interested in these characters that I seriously cannot get anything done at my house! My husband is going crazy because all I want to do is listen to her book! The characters of John and Polly are so sweet and so riveting that it was hard to stop thinking about them while I had to go to work. I love that this author is so true to history. Give it a try he won't want to stop.

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More than you could imagine

I'm not a romance reader so I was reluctant to try this book, and reluctant to keep listening when it took that path. But this book is so much more, an incredible story of love and grace, terror and heartbreak - well researched and brings to light the story of this man which I probably never would have known otherwise. A must read / listen for 2017! This is a book I would listen to again and again.

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So Enjoyable

This story of John Newton & Polly was a step back in history for me. It showed how the providential hand of God works behind the scene in lives that He has His hand upon. It was encouraging to see how as a couple Polly & John were arranged by God to to orchestrate a song that transcends time & touches hearts to know God's amazing grace. Thank you for all your efforts to produce this amazing story for all to see what transpired to bring this beloved hymn to generations of seekers who long to know God's amazing grace. 🙏🏻💕

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EXCEPTIONAL

I found this book to be an inspiration! We really have NO CLUE how our modern life is blessed by circumstances!!!

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Wonderfully Written

Would you listen to Newton and Polly again? Why?

Absolutely wonderful story of love and overcoming the worst storms in your life

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

I don't think I've read a book that would compare.

What does Saskia Maarleveld bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She has such a wonderful voice and so easy to listen to.

If you could rename Newton and Polly, what would you call it?

nothing love the name

Any additional comments?

powerful story I recommend for everyone.

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If you’re looking for a GREAT CHRISTIAN NOVEL, this is it!

The perfect novel for what I was looking for.
Not corny, but indeed full of the truth of God!
Romantic and exciting, without being trashy and inappropriate for a Christian woman to be toying around with. (Most all” Christian Romance Novels” are very dangerous in my humble opinion. This was not that!) I HIGHLY recommend

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Excellent story and impeccable narration!

An excellent dramatic interpretation of John Newton & Polly's lives and enduring love. It kept me on the edge of my seat and ultimately encouraged my own faith. The narrator (one of my favorites) did a masterful job at depicting all the different characters -- She's a pleasure to listen to. The book was also beautifully descriptive of the time / history and surroundings. I definitely recommend!

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Beautiful!

Wonderful story with great narration! Jody Hedlund is an extremely talented author and it’s so interesting to know the story behind such a beautiful hymn.

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Ending is worth it

I almost gave up on this book... The journey of Newton and Polly became so long, repetitive and arduous it was almost painful. Yet, I also see the ground work the author was trying to lay to truly portray the depth of Newton's "wretched" state. It's not an enjoyable journey, but any story of God's amazing grace is worth listening to. In the end, it makes you appreciate Newton's penmanship that much more, the words of Amazing Grace that much more poignant.

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Love it!!!!!

Love it, love it, love!!! This story brings out the truth if God's love for us. highly recommend.