Author: John Crotts
Publisher: EP Books
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Reading Level: Liesure
If reading biographies scares you because you have seen some biographies which are larger than a dictionary, fear not! EP Books created Bitesize Biographies to fill the gap. I have read two already and thoroughly enjoyed both. John Newton was a hair over a hundred pages and could easily be read in two or three sittings.
What I loved about this biography was how the gospel was central in the portrayal of the life of Newton. I felt at many times a unity in Spirit as I was reading. Details different but same working of the Spirit to transform sinners mired in sin. I also was glad that Crotts spent time at the end talking about the literary works of Newton. He spends an entire chapter exploring some of Newton’s most beloved hymns and another his most helpful letters. Last, I enjoyed the brief interjection of William Cowper into the story. Crotts develops the Newton’s relationship with Cowper. Cowper has always been an interesting saint for me because he struggled so fiercely with depression.
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.
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