George Whitefield, regarded as the preaching wonder of his day, and John Newton, one of the leading spiritual guides of the movement that Whitefield had a significant hand in creating, Evangelicalism, are perennially interesting figures.
These lives, intertwined as this study of a portion of those lives reveals, speak across the centuries to our day. These two marvelous characters have much to teach contemporary Christians. A great read for both the professional historian and the thoughtful Christian.
Table of Contents:
Foreword by Michael A.G. Haykin
John Newton, aged sixty-three
1. The Lives of Newton and Whitefield till mid-1750s
2. London area (1754-1755)
3. Liverpool (1755-1757)
4. Liverpool (1757-1764)
5. Ministry in Olney (1764-17779)
6. Ministry in London (1780-1807)
7. Whitefield’s Impact on Newton
8. Comparisons between Whitefield and Newton
9. Newton’s Final Tribute to Whitefield
Grant Gordon, who resides in Ontario, Canada, is a respected specialist in 18th-century evangelical church history, especially in the UK and editor of Wise Counsel: John Newton’s Letters to John Ryland Jr.
"George Whitefield and John Newton were two of the titans of eighteenth-century British evangelicalism. But for too long, the precise nature of their mutual influence has remained unclear. Grant Gordon's much-needed book rectifies that problem with its treasure trove of illuminating research." - Thomas S. Kidd, Distinguished Professor of History, Baylor University, and author of George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father
"... a beautifully written book which brings Whitefield and Newton alive for a new generation." - Peter J. Morden, Vice Principal, Spurgeon’s College, London; author of The Life and Thought of Andrew Fuller, 1754-1815 (Paternoster)
"... spiritually delightful and historically valuable study of the precious relational dynamic between two of the greatest Anglican evangelicals of the eighteenth century." - Lee Gatiss, Director of Church Society, and Adjunct Lecturer in Church History,Wales Evangelical School of Theology, Bridgend, Wales
"... an invaluable contribution to new understanding of the shared theology and history of these two great servants of the Lord. I could not recommend it more." - Jonathan Aitken, Former Politician and well-respected biographer
"Grant Gordon has written a full and careful study of their relations which reveals something of the calibre of the two men as devoted Christian leaders." - David Bebbington, Professor of History, University of Stirling, Stirling
"Grant Gordon's careful research has uncovered an important story, both for fleshing out the early history of modern evangelicalism and offering an encouraging picture of that evangelicalism at its best." - Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
"... gave me fresh insights into the ministries of those special men, and a fresh appreciation for the grace of God that enabled them. This is history worth reading and pondering." - Stanley K. Fowler, Professor of Theological Studies, Heritage College & Seminary, Cambridge, Ontario