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to Aitken's biography of John Newton. Much of the material in Newton's little autobiography is used in Aitken's expansive book, but it is interesting to read the "eight letters" telling Newton's story all in a piece. Newton's life runs the gamut from vile slave boat captain to deeply religious follower of Christianity and author of "Amazing Grace," probably the best known of Christian hymns. His humility and honesty concerning his youthful misdeeds is refreshing and allows the reader to see the true power of religion for deep change in someone who approaches it with the true desire to be a better man.
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Would you listen to Out of the Depths again? Why?
I listen to it frequently. "Who is wise? Let him give heed to these things, And consider the lovingkindnesses of the LORD" (Ps 107:43).
What other book might you compare Out of the Depths to and why?
"Grace Abounding to the Chief Most of Sinners." God uses various means and various men to accomplish His will and saves renown sinners in profound ways in order that "Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life" (1 Tim 1:16).
What does William Sutherland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I love his somber voice. It is very memorable and makes it easy to remember phrases and quotes from this book.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
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