This documentary explores John Newton’s life from his turbulent youth to his involvement in the 18th-century African slave trade, his dramatic conversion aboard a sinking ship, and on through his remarkable ministry as an evangelistic preacher, hymn writer and abolitionist.
John Newton is the man who wrote the hymn that most Christians and non-Christian recognize: “Amazing Grace.” In this documentary, three scholars talk about this man’s story. They describe John’s life as a young man and his being raised by a mom who had strong Christian faith and a sea captain father who was gone most of the time. They discuss his time as a young sailor, turning his back on his beliefs, his hard times in the slave trade and, finally, his return to the grace of God and salvation.This film is informative and educational. John Newton was a man who not only gave us a wonderful hymn about repentance and grace, but also became a preacher who influenced many. The Dove “Faith-Friendly” Seal for all ages is awarded to this documentary about John Newton.