John Newton

  • by Jonathan Aitken
  • Narrated by Jonathan Aitken
  • 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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What the Critics Say

"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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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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- Colin

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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- Anna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-05-2009
  • Publisher: Crossway Audio