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A great blessing to me — John Newton encounters George Whitefield

By Grant Gordon
September 2016 | Review by Robert Oliver
  • Publisher: Christian Focus Publications
  • ISBN: 978-1-78191-715-2
  • Pages: 220
  • Price: 8.99
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This is a delightful study of a fruitful friendship between two evangelical leaders of the eighteenth century. George Whitefield was probably England’s greatest preacher. John Newton was a pastor, spiritual counsellor and hymn writer. Both men deserve to be better known.

Whitefield’s ministry shows us what God can do in desolate times. It should stir us to pray that God will visit us with similar blessing. Newton was the younger of the two men and long outlived his friend, but the memory of Whitefield’s ministry enriched his own life, helping to make him the counsellor of Christians of all denominations.

This is not simply a book for lovers of church history; all Christian people will benefit from it spiritually. For those unfamiliar with the two men, this will make an excellent introduction. For others, new light will be shed on a delightful Christian friendship. It is warmly recommended.

Robert W. Oliver

Bradford on Avon

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