"Amazing grace, how sweet the sound..." So begins one of the most beloved hymns of all times. This is the autobiography of the author of these words. John Newton-the self proclaimed wretch-was an active slave-trader for several years until, on a homeward voyage through a violent storm, he experienced what he was to refer to later as his "great deliverance." When all seemed lost and the ship would surely sink, he exclaimed, "Lord, have mercy upon us." Later in his cabin he reflected on what he had said and began to believe that God had addressed him through the storm and that grace had begun to work for him. In retelling the events which led him from sin and bondage to a life transformed by God's amazing grace.
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