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John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace (Aitken)

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Most Christians know John Newton as the slave ship captain who famously converted to Christ on the high seas and then penned one of the greatest hymns of the faith: “Amazing Grace.” Less well-known is Newton’s significance in his own day as an evangelical icon, great preacher and theologian, and important influence on abolitionist William Wilberforce.

In this fascinating biography, Jonathan Aitken explores many facets of Newton's eventful life story, helping readers better understand his remarkable conversion and passionate fight to end the slave trade. The first modern account to draw on Newton's unpublished diaries and correspondence, this colorful and historically significant portrait provides fresh insights into the life and legacy of one of the most important Christians of the 18th century.


"A new life of John Newton is a fitting celebration of the bicentennial both of Newton's death and of the abolition of the slave trade, Wilberforce's triumph in which Newton played a key role. Master biographer Jonathan Aitken is in fine form, sympathetic, insightful, scholarly, and vivid, and his book, like its subject, must be rated spectacular." - J.I.Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College

"Jonathan Aitken has written such an intimate account of one of the great saints of God that I can now say I have been mentored by John Newton!" - Joel Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland, A Church Distributed, Longwood, Florida 

“There’s nothing like a well-written, thoroughly researched biography of a godly saint to stir one’s heart, stretch faith, and expand kingdom vision. This fascinating and gripping book makes the life of John Newton come alive for the contemporary reader. There’s no hedging on Newton’s depravity, nor his utterly passionate devotion to his precious Savior. I highly recommend this excellent work – it’s one that will transform not only minds but heart!” – Joni Eareckson Tada.


Jonathan Aitken is a well-known British author and former politician.He is president of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a director of Prison Fellowship International, and executive director of The Trinity Forum in Europe. He is the author of twelve books.