Newton on the Christian Life

• Order the paperback through Amazon, or the ebook through Kindle or iBooks.

Download a free sampler of the book (PDF).

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


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):

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