Newton Book

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Releases June 2015. Amazon pre-order here.


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.


“Here is mastery! 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, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College

Newton on the Christian Life is a magnum opus. A bold project, beautifully done. You know about John Newton; now you can be pastored by him.”

–Ed Welch, counselor and faculty, The Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation

“Linger long here. The depths and riches within these pages are truly rare, and answer what your soul most hungers for: life in Christ. I will be returning to this book many, many times over.”

–Ann Voskamp, author, New York Times bestseller, One Thousand Gifts

“For some readers, this book may just become the most important book, outside the Bible, they will ever read.”

–Ray Ortlund, pastor, Immanuel Church, Nashville, Tennessee


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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