The Infidel: A Novel Based on the Life of John Newton

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When slave ship captain John Newton, a faithless wretch of a man who lived life in opposition to the Gospel, has an encounter with a life-changing grace, it moves him to write one of the most endearing and enduring hymns of the Christian faith. Original.

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Joe Musser began his career as a sports reporter before branching out into radio, music, film, and writing. He has authored or coauthored nearly forty books and more than twenty screenplays. His major books include cowriting Joni, the autobiography of Joni Eareckson-Tada (over 3 million copies sold), Black and Free, the autobiography of Tom Skinner (over 600,000 copies) and his first novel, Behold a Pale Horse (over 100,000 copies). He currently lives in Rockford, Illinois.

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*Starred Review* Musser's Infidel is a biographical novel drawn from the memoirs of John Newton, the British seaman who became a Christian theologian and wrote the words to "Amazing Grace." It was also largely because of Newton that England banned slavery. Born of a stern sea captain, Newton was a brilliant boy who went to sea at age 11 and thus was largely self-educated. A complete scoundrel, he raped countless slave women as an officer serving on slavers; and in a peculiar turn of events, he became a slave himself, ruled by a cruel black mistress. Yet his sins and travails brought him to the ministry in the end, and his book, Thoughts on the African Slave Trade (1787), became the first great weapon of England's abolitionists. Musser portrays Newton's sins graphically in what amounts to a picaresque novel reminiscent of Fielding and Smollett, but when Newton's salvation arrives, it seems inevitable. John Mort
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