Amazing Grace

Judy Collins’ recording of Amazing Grace topped the charts for 75 weeks in the U.K. The hymn has been the musical score for 11,000 albums—written by a former slave trader: John Newton!
With the death of his mother, it was John’s father who influenced his slave trading.
While sailing a ship filled with slaves from Africa, ship and crew were hit by a fierce storm. Recalling Proverbs 1:26, "I also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh," it's said Newton begged God to save him, promising he would stop trading slaves.
It’s said Newton begged God to save him, promising he would stop slave trading.
Newton became increasingly disgusted with the slave trade and his part in it, and eventually became ordained in the Anglican ministry.
He penned over 200 hymns to use in his services.
John Newton wrote:
“It will always be a subject of humiliating reflection to me, that I was once an active instrument in a business at which my heart now shudders.”
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