Amazing grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me! Considering that some estimates claim that the beloved spiritual is performed roughly 10 million times annually, it's no wonder. We tend to sing its words and reflect on them in terms of our own lives — grateful for God's grace — and understandably so. But knowing where the song came from allows us to appreciate it in a new and more profound way. Written almost two and a half centuries ago in , the words for the beloved song were borne from the heart, mind and experiences of the Englishman John Newton. Having lived through a rather unfortunate and troubled childhood his mother passed away when he was just six years old , Newton spent years fighting against authority, going so far as trying to desert the Royal Navy in his twenties. Later, abandoned by his crew in West Africa, he was forced to be a servant to a slave trader but was eventually rescued. On the return voyage to England, a violent storm hit and almost sank the ship, prompting Newton to begin his spiritual conversion as he cried out to God to save them from the storm. Upon his return, however, Newton became a slave ship master, a profession in which he served for several years.
The song was written by a former enslaver
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Newton converted to Christianity after a miracle at sea
The soaring spiritual describing profound religious elation is estimated to be performed 10 million times annually and has appeared on over 11, albums. Ironically, this stirring song, closely associated with the African American community, was written by a former enslaver, John Newton. Newton was born in in London to a Puritan mother who died two weeks before his seventh birthday, and a stern sea-captain father who took him to sea at age After many voyages and a reckless youth of drinking, Newton was impressed into the British navy. After attempting to desert, he received eight dozen lashes and was reduced to the rank of common seaman. While later serving on the Pegasus, an enslaved person ship, Newton did not get along with the crew who left him in West Africa with Amos Clowe, an enslaver. Clowe gave Newton to his wife Princess Peye, an African royal who treated him vilely as she did her other enslaved people. During the voyage home, the ship was caught in a horrendous storm off the coast of Ireland and almost sank. Newton took this as a sign from the Almighty and marked it as his conversion to Christianity.