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Old 06-04-2011, 07:34 AM
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"Amazing Grace" Hymn Writer/Adoptive Father John Newtons Letters to Daughter-Lovely!

With Father's Day on the horizon thoughts turn to dads and the legacy they impress upon their children. Ten years ago I found a rare book treasure. While scouring Ebay for books to add to my ever growing adoption library,I saw a vintage book from 1893, Letters To An Adopted Daughter. I bid on it for $10 and won. When the small antique book arrived in the mail I intently read the 21 beautiful penned letters. They were written in old English in the 1700's by a godly father and they were filled with edification, spiritual guidance and fatherly counsel. I was surprised to discover that the author, John Newton was a British pastor and hymn writer of the well known classic hymn, Amazing Grace. As a daughter and an adoptee, I was touched and inspired by this father's endearing words and felt they were deserving of reaching a modern audience. In 2004 I compiled a book, Letters and Reflections to My Adopted Daughters. This volume included Newton's letters to his daughter Elizabeth Catlett and also another small volume of his reflections of his 14 year old daughter Eliza Cunningham's strong faith during her last weeks of life. Both daughters were his orphaned nieces who lost their parents at a young age.
It's inspiring to note that Newton was a former uneducated slave trader who was transformed when God reached down and "saved a wretch like me" so the hymn says. Newton took on the daunting challenge of adopting his orphaned nieces, even when his upbringing was less than ideal. He lost his godly mother to death when he was six years old and was then raised by his vile and unloving father. Parents who are flustered with the day to day challenges of parenting will be encouraged to glimpse into the heart of a father who loved God with his entire being. His letters reflect his determination to allow his faith to fully permeates every aspect of his parenting. ( Pleasant Word/ a division of Wine Press Publishing 2004 )
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:25 AM
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Thanks for sharing. That's one of my favorite hymns and it's nice to know it was written by a loving adoptive father.
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Old 07-22-2011, 12:41 PM
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I am currently reading a biography of John Newton- Amazing Grace author/hymn writer/adoptive father of his 2 orphaned nieces. The biography, From Disgrace to Amazing Grace by John Aiken. It is eye-opening to read the account of his life in details and how far he fell. His beautiful godly mother nurtured him in the Bible, the love of God and in memorizing the Scriptures- she died when he was almost 7 years old. What this biography by Aiken shares that why the title of his famous hymn AMAZING GRACE is so amazing! John Newton was touched by the Holy Spirit and the seeds of truth and God's word that were planted in him came to blossom when he was 39 years old. A real encouragement to mothers who lose hope and watch their prodigal children reject God and their Christian upbringing. We cannnot walk by sight and be tossed to and fro from what we see, but holding firm to God's promises and truth, that He loves our children more than we do. He redeems the past and brings victory for our children. Trust His timing and creative ways, not our own.
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