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.”
Engage with the Bible in its impact and influence!

Share

More Book Minute Features

March 30, 2020

Nebuchadnezzar’s Inscription

The Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar is mentioned several times in the Bible including his dramatic story of repentance in the Book of Daniel, Chapter...
March 16, 2020

Miserere mei Deus - Psalm 51

Miserere mei Deus (“Have mercy on me, O God”) by Gregorio Allegri, using the words from Psalm 51, is one of the most beautiful compositions ever writt...
March 09, 2020

Walt Whitman and the Bible in Poetry

Walt Whitman is regarded as one of America’s most significant 19th-century poets. Whitman references the Bible in several of his works. Evident in an...