A Review of John Crotts’ Bitesize Biograph-John Newton

John Newton lived a remarkable life, a life filled with Gospel themes of rebellion, redemption, revival and restoration.  Most, if they know of Newton, know of him through his association with the famous hymn that bears his signature, Amazing Grace.  But limiting Newton’s life to that single work is like limiting New York City to the Empire State Building.  Great in its own right, but still so much more to see.

John Newton


The book, Bitesize Biographies-John Newton, by Pastor John Crotts is a convenient, devotional biography of the great English hymn writer and pastor that sets out to give the reader a more accurate understanding of who Newton was, where he failed, and how our Lord harvested tremendous ministerial fruit from this man.  The book begins by recounting the turmoil of his upbringing and subsequent debauchery as a sailor on the high seas.  He was insubordinate, mean-spirited, and altogether a…

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