Finished this biography today while Kitty and the kids were out doing some carol singing. Have never really read much about John Newton and his influence. This is a great, manageable biography to walk you through this remarkable life. From being pressed ganged into the Royal Navy in his teens – to being exchanged to the Merchant Navy because of his wild and foul behavior – to his being imprisoned for a year on a plantation in the Indies – to his spiritual experience during a storm in the Atlantic – to being an ordained minister in the Church of england to writing one of the most famous and incredible hymns EVER. Oh, as well as his integral role in the abolition of the slave trade. Aitken keeps the story moving – his chapters are not long – and is thorough. A solid piece of work.