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John Newton on film?

There was a time when I thought that Amazing Grace ("The Man Behind Amazing Grace," August 9 issue) was simply an old black spiritual of nameless origin. Then, many years ago, I read extensively about John Newton. Your author, John White, must have had a very difficult time deciding what to leave out of his brief biography of John Newton. His life was the sort of story one would use for a Spielberg movie full of adventure, something like Star Wars.

Newton had many very narrow escapes from death, and was overwhelmed by the realization that his survival must have meant that God had some special plan for him. He later estimated that an Englishman in the slave trade was very lucky if he managed to remain alive for five years. Even in his youth Newton had many narrow escapes.

Reading about the horrors of the slave trade, one realizes how brutally the Devil fights. For example, few writers other than Newton explained that when the slave ships were crammed full, slaves not put aboard were killed in full view of the slave ship crews.

Someone should make a film based on the life of John Newton. Shucks, one could make several films!

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Title Annotation:Letters To The Editor
Author:Massie, Winfield
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Sep 20, 2004
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