Bitesize Biographies – John Newton Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  April 16, 2013

Bitesize Biographies - John Newton by John CrottsThis week the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Bitesize Biographies – John Newton by John Crotts (EP Books, 2013). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“Crotts shows there is so much more to Newton than most people know. Easy to read, this book moves you along to the end like a good movie. It leaves you wanting more… I recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.”

“For anyone wanting to know the story of the man behind the hymn “Amazing Grace”, Crotts’ Bitesize Biography is a journey worth taking. Those who are not fond of lengthy biographies that spend more time engaging the daily routine of an individual will find Crotts’ work to be a quick and valuable read.”

“Newton’s life is worth learning about. His faith is our faith, his gospel ours. Crotts’ biography was a refreshing and encouraging introduction to the life of a man I’d much like to learn more about.”

“John Crotts has given a brief but fantastic glimpse into the life of John Newton… The world needs more stories being told of grace. Those who have been changed by grace have a testimony that is true and new song in their heart that must be shared. Thanks to John Crotts for doing the research on such a man of God.”

“This introduction looks not just at the well-known aspects of Newton’s life such as his conversion, and exemplary pastoral ministry, but also at his role, as the leader of the Evangelical movement in the eighteenth century. Reading this book will help you to not only understand Newton the man, and the leader, but also what drove his life and thought—the gospel of the grace of God.”

“If you’re looking for a short biography of John Newton that opens up some important details of his life and ministry, this is the book for you.”

“John Crotts has many quotable paragraphs in this finely written book. Some of my favorite lines come from his chapters on John Newton’s letter writing ministry, his love for Polly his wife, and the hymns he wrote, outpourings of his worship. I will be re-reading this book in the future.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this slim volume. John Crotts does a fine job. He crisply captures the life and times of John Newton.”

“Crotts writing is conversational and he moves swiftly to application (p. 46) through out the book while ensuring as stated previously that the gospel (p. 11) is central to the narrative. I highly recommend grabbing this biography and trace the gospel story in the life of John Newton.”

“It’s a quick read, it’s engagingly written, and I recommend it. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be inspired to track down a copy of Newton’s published letters as soon as you can. At the very least, you’ll be moved to celebrate God’s gracious work in sinners like Newton and yourself.”

“The book as well as Newton’s life shows that what came before doesn’t define us, it guides us.  We learn from our mistakes and hopefully use it for God’s glory.”

“The book succinctly describes how the Hand of God was on him and how God rescued Newton (God’s action adventure star) again and again from perilous situations, while Newton remained unaware that the power of God was preserving his life.”

“I found the story gripping and fascinating. The chapters on John Newton’s Hymns and correspondence were especially helpful. Like the other books in the series, this book gives a introduction of John Newton’s life and ministry and make you want to know more about the man and his writings.”

“Biographies are always a great read to see the bigger picture. John Crotts did a fine job in showing the bigger picture in John Newton’s life.”

“I only knew John Newton’s song “Amazing Grace” before I started reading this book and nothing about its maker. I can say that I became captivated by John Newton’s life through reading this book… the content is very interesting and the life of John Newton is worth knowing!”

“John Crotts’ John Newton provides a synopsis of the life, conversion, and ministry of a man so touched by the grace of God, he lived to show it to others… I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and think it a great asset to spark the interest for further study.”

“If you want to learn a little about John Newton this book is a great place to start.”

“I’d recommend this little book to anyone that is a fan of biographies or would like a wonderful introduction to the life of one of Christian faith’s most underrated men.”

“If you want a sufficient picture of the man, with good but not overwhelming detail, grab Crotts’ bitesize biography of the man behind Amazing Grace. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.”

“I enjoyed reading [Bitesize Biographies] John Newton and encourage others to take a look here.”

“I expected to learn more about John Newton through this book, but this Bitesize Biography gave me more than I expected. Crotts seamlessly wove application for today’s Christian throughout Newton’s story. Truths that applied to Newton in his time are equally applicable to me today, and I appreciate the nudge toward moving from observer to participant as I read.”

“I believe that when we take our time to write like John Newton, we can reach and comfort others. I pray that you will get this book, read it, and treasure it. It is not just about the hymn “Amazing Grace”; you will find out what prompted John Newton to say, “I’m a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.””

“If you are interested in the life of John Newton this is a great book for you!”

“I gained a much greater perspective on both Newton’s life and ministry as well as God’s amazing grace from this bite size biographical sketch. Newton’s life, and what God did though him, brings an inspiring message that many of today need to hear, even more than two hundred and fifty years later.”

“I found the passion and purpose of this short biography to be enthralling. I would recommend this book as a brief introduction to John Newton’s life and works, with the caveat that it may entice you to further study! The discussion of his hymns and letters at the end is worth the asking price.”

“I love these “Bitesize Biographies” because they are deceiving. While they look small, they are packed with information. This book is no exception, and I recommend this and the others in the series to anyone who wants to learn how to read biographies.”

“Crotts does a masterful job of giving the necessary glimpses of Newton’s life… get this book. Read it. Read it to your children. Give it to your grandchildren. But get this book and delight yourself in it.”

“I would give this book five stars because it’s such a smooth and easy read and it provides so much insight into a life that we barely know about while reminding of faith and the grace of God.”

“Even though John Newton wrote one of my favorite hymns, “Amazing Grace,” I barely knew anything about him. I liked learning about his interactions with other famous preachers of the day, such as John Wesley and George Whitefield. I learned a lot about his life and influence. I’m glad I read this and found out what an amazing life he led!”

“I would certainly recommend this book to others, and would enjoy reading some other biographies in this category as well.”

“Overall, I endorse this work. The reader is given a realistic portrait of Newton and also a healthy serving of devotional theology. I found this work to be both edifying and informative. For a brief, introductory look at John Newton, Crotts’ work has no equal.”

“The subject of the book is John Newton. Seaman, slave trader, preacher, man of letters and hymn-writer, he’s a wonderful subject to write about and John Crotts fulfils his task very well.

“If you want to learn more about the great hymn-writers and theologians in our church’s history, I would recommend this “Bitesize Biography” of John Newton.”

Where to Buy:
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