Newton on the Christian Life
• Read my first book interview (with Tim Challies).
• Read my second book interview (with Dan Darling)
• Read my first guest article about Newton (for Ann Voskamp).
• Read the first book review (by Jared Oliphint at Ref21).
• Read the second book review (by Bruce Hindmarsh at TGC).
John Newton is famous for his legendary hymn “Amazing Grace.” Many have celebrated his dramatic conversion from a life of sin, and his work helping to ending the British slave trade. 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
“I like anything Tony Reinke writes, but his newest work on the life of John Newton is stellar. Tony gives the reader some of the best snippets of wisdom from Newton’s many personal letters. Very inspiring!”
–Joni Eareckson Tada (May 2016)
“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
- Fred Zaspel, Warfield on the Christian Life: Living in Light of the Gospel (2012)
- William Edgar, Schaeffer on the Christian Life: Countercultural Spirituality (2013)
- Stephen Nichols, Bonhoeffer on the Christian Life: From the Cross, for the World (2013)
- Fred Sanders, Wesley on the Christian Life: The Heart Renewed in Love (2013)
- Michael Horton, Calvin on the Christian Life: Glorifying and Enjoying God Forever (2014)
- Dane Ortlund, Edwards on the Christian Life: Alive to the Beauty of God (2014)
- Carl Trueman, Luther on the Christian Life: Cross and Freedom (2015)
- Tony Reinke, Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ (2015)
- Sam Storms, Packer on the Christian Life: Knowing God in Christ, Walking by the Spirit (2015)
- John Bolt, Bavinck on the Christian Life: Following Jesus in Faithful Service (2015)
- Michael Haykin and Matthew Barrett, Owen on the Christian Life: Living for the Glory of God in Christ (2015)
- Gerald Bray, Augustine on the Christian Life: Transformed by the Power of God (2015)
- Jason Meyer, Lloyd-Jones on the Christian Life (2016)
- Michael Reeves, Spurgeon on the Christian Life (2017)
- Joe Rigney, Lewis on the Christian Life (2017)
- Derek Thomas, Bunyan on the Christian Life (2017)
My 10 Favorite Books By John Newton
About 1,000 of Newton’s letters have been published over the years in about 25 different volumes of varying sizes and many of those volumes are hard to find. In my opinion, his best letters are in these 10 books, and they’re all free (PDFs):
- Letters of the Rev. John Newton of Olney and St. Mary Woolnoth, Including Several Never Before Published (London; 1869)
- The Aged Pilgrim’s Triumph Over Sin and the Grace, Illustrated in a Series of Letters, Never Before Published, By the Rev. John Newton (New York; 1825)
- Works of the Rev. John Newton, Volume 1 (London; 1824)
- Works of the Rev. John Newton, Volume 2 (London; 1824)
- Works of the Rev. John Newton, Volume 3 (London; 1824)
- Works of the Rev. John Newton, Volume 4 (London; 1824)
- Works of the Rev. John Newton, Volume 5 (London; 1824)
- Works of the Rev. John Newton, Volume 6 (London; 1824)
- One Hundred and Twenty Nine Letters from the Rev. John Newton to Josiah Bull (London; 1847)
- The Christian Correspondent: Or a Series of Religious Letters Written By the Rev. John Newton To Alexander Clunie (Hull; 1790)