John Newton's Letters

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"I aim to speak plain truths to a plain people! May it please the God of all grace, to accompany my feeble endeavors to promote the knowledge of His truth! If my letters are owned to comfort the afflicted, to quicken the careless, to confirm the wavering — I will rejoice." John Newton

"Heart-anatomy is my favorite science. I mean, the study of the human heart, with its workings and counter-workings, as it is differently affected in the different seasons of prosperity, adversity, conviction, temptation, sickness, and the approach of death. I aim to speak plain truths to plain people!" John Newton

"In few writers are Christian doctrine, experience and practice more happily balanced than John Newton. Few write with more simplicity, piety or power." Charles Spurgeon

"What thousands have derived repeated profit and pleasure from the perusal of these utterances of the heart! Nor ever will they cease to be found means of grace while God has a church on earth!" William Jay

"My grand point in preaching is to break the hard heart, and to heal the broken one." John Newton

"For myself, I keep John Newton on my selectest shelf of spiritual books: by far the best kind of books in the whole world of books!" Alexander Whyte

John Newton AUDIO gems



Indwelling Sin and the Believer

The benefits of affliction

Christian Liberty

More than a Calvinist

A Guide to Godly Disputation

Reading the Bible

Decline in the Spiritual Life


Conformity to the world

Letter to church in Olney

Letter to church in London

Blemishes in Christian character

God rules all!

The government of the tongue

Assurance of salvation

Man in his fallen estate

The Christian and the world

True patriotism

The practical influence of faith

The inefficacy of mere knowledge

The advantages of a state of poverty

Divine guidance

Desires Unrealized

Causes, nature, and marks of a decline in grace

Difference between acquired and experimental knowledge

How to walk with God

By the grace of God I am what I am!

Separated from the ungodly world

The history of mankind

All things work together for good

The heavenly Gardener

The heavenly Builder

Our life is a warfare

Combating worldliness

The comforts and snares of social affections

The call to the ministry

Four letters on 'denominations', and forms of 'church government'

On eating and drinking

On Female Dress

Six Letters on Afflictions

Two letters to a friend

Twenty-one letters to a friend

Four letters to a young lady

Letters to William Bull

Eight letters to a Christian friend

Seven letters to a pastor

Five letters to a Christian friend

Three letters to a tempted believer

Three letters to a Christian friend

Seven letters to a Christian friend

Four letters to a Christian friend

Four letters to a widow

Four letters to a Christian friend

Seven letters to a Christian friend

Five letters to a young man going into the Christian ministry

The Aged Pilgrim's Triumph Over Sin and the Grave! (Illustrated in a Series of Letters)

The Christian Correspondent
 (Letters to a pastor friend)

Letters to Rev. James Coffin
(some 120 pages)

Additional letters of John Newton
(some 300 pages)

Preaching the Gospel with the power and the Spirit

Twenty-one letters to his adopted daughter

Six letters to friends

Fourteen letters to a pastor

Five letters to a young lady

Eighteen letters to several friends

Eleven letters to a friend

Eight letters to a friend

Our imperfect knowledge of Christ's love

Eight letters to a pastor

Letters to Rev. William Barlass

Six letters to a pastor

Nine letters to a pastor

Six letters to a pastor

Three Letters to a friend

Three letters to an aged friend

Eighteen letters to a pastor

Three letters to a friend

Little trials

The Lord only afflicts for our good

Letter to a young cousin

The furnace of affliction

A Christian's attainments in the present life

Seriously engaged about trifles

The plan of salvation

Questions on salvation

That bitter root, indwelling sin!

The work of grace

Difficulties and snares

Addressing the Unconverted

Soldiers of Christ

What a Christian ought to be

Our common mercies

A visitor from heaven!

O for a warmer heart

Without Me you can do nothing

Thoughts from the sick room

When we see the world in flames!

Thought on the ice-palace

Emptiness of the creature

All our concerns are in His hands

The impatient patient

Trust in the providence of God, and benevolence to his poor

Pliny's letter to the Emperor Trajan

Extract of a letter to a student in divinity

Enjoyment of the pleasures of the present life

A believer's frames

A sketch of the Christian's temper

I was once blind, but now I see

Blinded by Satan

Our divine Shepherd

Will the sins of believers be publicly declared at the great day?

Family worship

The snares and difficulties attending the ministry of the gospel

The propriety of a ministerial address to the unconverted

The inward witness to the ground and reality of faith

The doctrines of election and final perseverance

Simplicity and godly sincerity

Love to the brethren


Christian experience

The believer's growth in grace

On hearing sermons


A Christian library

The exercise of social prayer

On the gradual increase of gospel illumination

To a friend, on his recovery from illness

Communion with God

A word in season

The city was pure gold

A word to professors in trade

On faith, and the communion of saints

The Duke of Sully

Lead us not into temptation

Views of Divine truth

The Christian's creed

Divine revelation

Saving knowledge

A Christian's present blessedness

The heart of man

A letter to a young woman

Union with Christ

A plan of pastoral training

Letters to his wife

Letters to Thomas Robinson

The Right Use of the Law

Pastoral reproof

Brief biography

Through Many Dangers!
Newton's Autobiography

Letters to John Campbell

Conversations of John Newton


"These letters are, according to the various circumstances of his correspondents — designed to guide and direct, to comfort, or, if need be, with all tenderness to reprove, while they often become the ardent effusions of Christian love towards those who formed the inner circle of his friends. They are full of wisdom and piety, rich in kindly feeling, written in easy flowing language, with many happy turns of expression, and often made striking by their simple yet ingenious illustrations." Josiah Bull, author of "John Newton; an Autobiography and Narrative".


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