JOHN NEWTON: ANGRY SAILOR – Kay Marshall Strom (2012)

1618432761_lAngry Sailor tells the tale of the 18th century British slave trader, John Newton.  The story sets sail with Newton, an eleven year old boy aboard his father’s ship.  The author traces Newton’s life from a simple sailor to a life of debauchery aboard a slave trading ship.  It is well-known that Newton lived a life of sin for many years, hating God and hating mankind – until the sovereign hand of God rescued him by his grace.  God not only delivered Newton from the horrible slave trade industry; more importantly, he rescued him from the slave market of sin.

Kay Marshall Strom writes this short historical narrative with children in mind.  And she does a worthy job.  The story telling is good and God’s sovereign grace is clearly articulated.  A must read for children of all ages!

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