Download e-book for iPad: Amazing Grace: The Story of America's Most Beloved Song by Steve Turner

By Steve Turner

ISBN-10: 0060002190

ISBN-13: 9780060002190

ISBN-10: 0061669458

ISBN-13: 9780061669453

Behind our such a lot cherished hymn is an engaging tale spanning continents, cultures, and centuries. encouraged incidentally ''Amazing Grace'' maintains to alter and develop in acceptance, acclaimed tune author Steve Turner embarks on a trip to track the lifetime of the hymn, from Olney, England, the place it used to be written through former slave dealer John Newton, to tiny Plantain Island off the coast of Africa, the place Newton used to be held captive for nearly a 12 months, to the Kentucky-Tennessee border and different components of the South, the place the hymn first started to spread.

Newton have been rescued from Africa by way of a service provider send whilst, in the course of an eleven-hour hurricane at the Atlantic, he switched over to Christianity. Years later, as a minister, he wrote the hymn to be used between his congregation. during the 19th century, ''Amazing Grace'' seemed in additional and extra hymn books, and within the 20th century it rose to a gospel and folks normal earlier than exploding into pop song. it's been recorded through artists as assorted as Elvis Presley, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tiny Tim, Al eco-friendly, Johnny money, Rod Stewart, Chet Baker, and Destiny's baby. outstanding Grace heavily examines this contemporary historical past of the hymn via own interviews with recording artists.

From John Newton's awesome lifestyles tale to the hymn's position in American spirituality and tradition, outstanding Grace is an illuminating, thorough, and extraordinary musical history.

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Newton was very sure about this chain of events. He never blamed anyone else for his plight. “When, after repeated checks of conscience, I obstinately broke through all restraints of religion, it pleased God for a time to give me up to my own willfulness and folly; perhaps as much so, as ever a poor creature was given up to himself, who did not finally perish. The way of transgressors is always hard. It proved so to me. The miseries into which I plunged myself, could only be exceeded by the dreadful wickedness of my heart and life.

Lewis would eventually abandon his faith and the knowledge of this would always haunt Newton. When he composed his epitaph, he mentioned Christianity as the faith “he had long laboured to destroy,” and Job Lewis was his first victim. The Harwich had a chaplain, Robert Topham, but neither Newton nor Mitchell ever mentioned him. From the little that’s said of him in official records he seems to have been a man of the cloth who was better known for his comfortable and indulgent lifestyle than for his dynamic faith.

Newton admitted what he had done and accepted that he had done it voluntarily and knew what the terrible consequences would be. The visitor, surprisingly, was sympathetic and asked him if he would handle things differently if given a second chance. Before Newton could reply the man dove into the water and surfaced with the ring. The flames around the city were immediately extinguished, and the accuser, who it now became clear had been lurking in the background throughout, slunk away defeated. Relieved beyond words, Newton stepped forward to reclaim the ring.

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