John Newton is famous for his legendary hymn "Amazing Grace." Many have celebrated his dramatic conversion from a life in the slave trade to his eventual work to end it. But often overlooked are Newton's forty years as a pastor ministering to parishioners and friends unsettled by the trials, doubts, and fears of life.
Newton is perhaps the greatest pastoral letter writer in the history of the church. He took up his pen day after day to help others fix their eyes on Christ, which, he writes, is the underlying battle of the Christian life. Through a careful study of scores of letters, Tony Reinke brings together Newton's brilliant vision of the Christian life in one accessible place.
About the Author
Tony Reinke is a staff writer and researcher for desiringGod.org. He is the author of Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books and Newton on the Christian Life.
I rarely come across a book that captures my heart and sets my eyes on Christ more than this one has in the last few weeks. I have been so refreshed reading Newton on the Christian Life that just the mere thought of having a moment to pick it up encourages my heart because I know I will find great rest and encouragement in the Savior that Newton (and Reinke) so faithfully adore. I am grateful that Newton was faithful to write so many pastoral letters, but I am equally grateful to God for Reinke who combed through the letters and highlighted what would have otherwise remained hidden from me.