Thursday, April 18, 2013

Blog Tour - Bitesize Biographies JOHN NEWTON by John Crotts - thoughts

Title: John Newton (Bitesize Biographies)
Author: John Crotts
Pages: 141
Genre: biography
Rating: Quick and so interesting
Source: publisher in exchange for an honest review

I am not a big reader of biographies or auto-biographies but when this tour came up, I jumped at the chance to learn more about the author of the famous hymn, Amazing Grace. This book truly is bitesized but packs such a wealth of knowledge about this man. 

I had learned a little about him in school but there was so much I did not know. He led an amazing life. His conversion to the Christian faith was huge. He was part of an almost Hollywood like romance. But my favorite part was about the hymns. That part will touch your heart and make you want to start singing.

A hymn is more than a statement of truth. It stretches the tools of language to express the truth with appropriate passion. (page 95)
Newton's methodical study of Christian texts reminds me of Benjamin Franklin's same methodical study of his time. I enjoyed the look into his private life and how much he grew and changed. Truly inspirational.

I'd recommend this little book to anyone that is a fan of biographies or would like a wonderful introduction to the life of one of Christian faith's most underrated men. 


  1. I homeschool my son and we just learned about William Wilberforce and John Newton. :)

    1. He lived a really interesting life. I did learn some about him in school but found out so much that I didn't know after reading this book.

  2. Dana,

    Thanks for contributing to the blog tour.

    Shaun Tabatt
    Cross Focused Reviews

    1. Glad I was able to. I learned a lot of interesting stuff about him!


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