Newton Book


Releases June 2015. Amazon pre-order here.


John Newton is famous for his conversion (a crude slave trader turned Christian) and for his hymns (like “Amazing Grace”). Often forgotten are John Newton’s forty years of pastoral labor in England as a “heart doctor” among hurting people with endless spiritual needs. Perhaps the greatest pastoral letter writer in Church history, Newton used his wit, wisdom and raw life experience to aim others toward Christ. Over Reinke’s sweeping synthesis of Newton’s wisdom on the Christian life, J.I. Packer writes, “Here is mastery!”


“Here is mastery! As the Lord Jesus Christ, crucified and reigning, was the life-giving focus of the Evangelical Revival, and as George Whitefield was its supreme awakener, and John Wesley its brilliant discipler, so ex-slave trader John Newton was its peerless pastoral counselor and perhaps the greatest Christian letter-writer of all time. In his 775-footnote digest of the spiritual wisdom in Newton’s 1,000-plus published letters, along with his published sermons and hymns, Tony Reinke distills a vast flow of pure honey for the Christian heart. This is a book to read over and over again.”

J.I. Packer

“Through Newton’s words and Tony’s words — one voice — God does eye-surgery on the heart, so that we see Christ more fully. And more fully means more precious. And more precious means more powerful to heal us and change us. Relentlessly focused on the sweetness and the greatness of Christ as the Savior and Satisfier of our souls, over this book flies the banner of John Newton: ‘None but Jesus.’”

John Piper, Founder and Teacher,

“John Newton’s pastoral letters are a unique and rich resource for Christians today, and both of us owe them a debt too great to describe. However, they constitute a notoriously difficult body of work in which to navigate. Many a time you can remember some gem you have read in these letters but now you can’t locate. Here we have guide to John Newton’s main themes and topics, as well as considered treatments of many of his most valuable letters. This is a welcome tool for Christian growth and discipleship.”

Tim and Kathy Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

Theologians on the Christian Life series:

My 10 Favorite Books By John Newton

Over 1,000 of Newton’s pastoral letters have been gathered up and published over the years in about 25 different volumes of varying sizes. In my opinion, his best pastoral letters can be found in these 10 books, and they’re all free (PDFs):

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