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The Life of John Newton (Bull)

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This is the moving story of God’s redeeming and restoring grace to one who wrote the following epitaph for himself:

John Newton, Clerk, once an infidel and libertine, a servant of slaves in Africa, was, by the rich mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, preserved, restored, pardoned, and appointed to preach the faith he had long labored to destroy.

Formerly published as But Now I See, this biography contains much valuable first-hand material from Newton himself. Indeed, considerable use is made of his Diary and Letters. His pre-conversion days, his call to the Christian ministry, and his time at Olney and St. Mary Woolnoth are all covered. This is no arid record of the past. Besides being a worthy memorial to the life and work of John Newton, this biography will also encourage those who love the gospel to consecrate themselves to the Master’s service as Newton did.

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Table of Contents:

Part One – Early Life, and Residence at Liverpool

1. From the Birth of Mr Newton to His Marriage (1725–50)

2. From His Marriage to the time he quitted the sea (1750–4)

3. From his quitting the sea to the time of his first thoughts of the ministry (1755–7)

4. From his first thoughts of the ministry to his settlement at Olney (1757–64)

Part Two – Curate of Olney

5. Olney (1764–6)

6. Olney — continued (1767–9)

7. Olney — continued (1770–3)

8. Olney — continued (1773–5)

9. Olney — continued (1776–9)

Part Three – Rector of St Mary Woolnoth

10. London (1780–2)

11. London — continued (1783–5)

12. London — continued (1786–9)

13. London — continued (1790–2)

14. London — continued (1793–7)

15. London — continued (1798–1807)

16. concluding chapter – general review 


Josiah Bull was, from 1833, co-pastor (with his father, Rev. J. P. Bull) of the Independent Church in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.