Newton, John. The Works of John Newton [six volume set]

Newton, John. The Works of John Newton [six volume set]

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Newton, John. The Works of John Newton [six volume set]. Banner of Truth, 1985. ISBN: 085151460x.

Facsimile reprint of the 1820 London edition in very good quality sewn cloth bindings. Bindings are red with blue spine panels, spine borders & titles in gilt. No dust jackets. 5 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches, 3980 pp., each volume with former owner's signature on ffep, rest clean and unmarked, tight. Very good. Hardcover.  [4006]

Rev. John Newton (1725-1807) converted slave-trader, born in London.

“'Once an infidel and libertine, a servant of slaves in Africa' as he wrote of himself in his epitaph, but afterwards an eminently pious and exemplary servant of God…He was devoted by his mother, who was a pious dissenter, to the Christian ministry, and his training to that end was begun when he was but four years old. But she died when he was scarcely seven years old, and, neglected by his father and stepmother, he forgot her instructions, fell into the company of idle and vicious boys, and soon learned their ways. Getting hold of Lord Shaftesbury’s Characteristics, he was beguiled by its fair words, and gradually settled down a confirmed infidel. Having been accustomed to take voyages with his father, he at last devoted himself entirely to a seafaring life. Before he was of age he deserted with his ship, was brought back to Plymouth as a felon, kept in irons, degraded from his office as midshipman, and publicly whipped. But sin and severe punishment only hardened him the more. While on a voyage he obtained leave to exchange into a vessel bound for the African coast. His purpose, he declared afterward, was to be free to sin. He left the ship and lived on the island of Plantains, where he became at last the almost hopeless slave of a slave-trader, who engaged him in the meanest drudgery of his infamous traffic…Upon writing to his father, arrangements were made for his return…”

Newton happened upon a copy of Thomas A Kempis, and was thinking upon it when a terrible storm seized the ship. The experience led him to read the New Testament while upon the voyage, in which the crew and passengers were threatened with starvation due to spoilage of provisions. Newton was struck with the parable of the prodigal son, began to pray, and repented of his sinful life. “For four years longer he engaged in the slave-trade, which he did not then regard as an unlawful occupation; but his eyes being afterwards opened, he did all that he could to expose its cruelties.” He began to preach in his own house, studied for the ministry and was ordained in the Church of England in 1764. Newton became a friend of the poet Cowper, and published the Olney Hymns together with him. His influence through his preaching, writings, and personal friendships was great, and he became a model of Christian charity and compassion. – quotations from M’Clintock & Strong.

His writings are recommended by such luminaries as C. H. Spurgeon, William Jay, and Alexander Whyte.

The set contains more than 300 letters, more than 100 sermons, the Olney Hymns and all of Newton's primary writings including his Thoughts on the Slave Trade.