Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace

Jody Hedlund is one of my favorite authors.  Her books are masterpieces, true pieces of art.  Her words paint a picture in my mind and I am always drawn deeply into her novels. Newton & Polly went above and beyond all my expectations. The book was inspired by the true love story of John Newton and Polly Catlett. 

For those who are not familiar with who John Newton is, he is the man who penned the beloved song Amazing Grace.  I love books that are based on true historic events and this one was one of my favorite to date.  It was so beautifully written, inspiring and full of faith and hope.  It allows you to see God's Grace is a whole new light.  The love that Polly has for Newton is so strong and to see how Newton comes to Christ after thinking he has done to much and sinned to greatly will move the reader to tears.  

Before reading this book I was some what familiar with the story of John Newton, but this novel breathed new life and took me to deeper levels.

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound 
that saved a wretch like me. 
I once was lost, but now am found…

Now remembered as the author of the world’s most famous hymn, in the mid-eighteenth century as England and France stand on the brink of war, John Newton is a young sailor wandering aimlessly through life. His only duty is to report to his ship and avoid disgracing his father—until the night he hears Polly Catlett’s enchanting voice, caroling. He’s immediately smitten and determined to win her affection.

An intense connection quickly forms between the two, but John’s reckless spirit and disregard for the Christian life are concerns for the responsible, devout Polly. When an ill-fated stop at a tavern leaves John imprisoned and bound, Polly must choose to either stand by his side or walk out of his life forever. Will she forfeit her future for the man she loves?

Step back through the pages of history, to uncover the true love story behind a song that continues to stir the hearts and ignite the faith of millions around the globe.

***Thank you to for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and thank you to the author for a wonderful novel that touched my heart!

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