Review: Newton on the Christian Life


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Crossway’s Theologians on the Christian Life series wants to fill our lack of “perspectives from the past, perspectives from a different time and place than our own… [When] it comes to learning about and practicing discipleship[, it’s] like owning a mansion and choosing to live in only one room. This series invites you to explore the other rooms” (Series Preface). The aim of the TotCL series isn’t to give us biographies nor full-blown theologies of each man. They are “an exposition of each man’s view of the Christian life” (Storms). So far there are twelve volumes, ranging from Calvin to Bavinck, Packer to Luther, Schaeffer to Wesley, and then some.

Almost everyone knows the song “Amazing Grace” by Isaac Newton. Fewer know that he used to be a sailor who participated in the trading of slaves. Even fewer know much anything else about him. Tony Reinke seeks to…

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