Amazing Grace: The Story of America's Most Beloved Song by Steve Turner

By Steve Turner

Behind our so much cherished hymn is an interesting tale spanning continents, cultures, and centuries. encouraged incidentally ''Amazing Grace'' maintains to alter and develop in reputation, acclaimed song author Steve Turner embarks on a trip to track the lifetime of the hymn, from Olney, England, the place it was once written via former slave dealer John Newton, to tiny Plantain Island off the coast of Africa, the place Newton was once held captive for nearly a yr, to the Kentucky-Tennessee border and different elements of the South, the place the hymn first started to spread.

Newton have been rescued from Africa via a service provider send whilst, in the course of an eleven-hour hurricane at the Atlantic, he switched over to Christianity. Years later, as a minister, he wrote the hymn to be used between his congregation. during the 19th century, ''Amazing Grace'' seemed in additional and extra hymn books, and within the 20th century it rose to a gospel and folks commonplace sooner than exploding into pop track. it's been recorded via artists as different as Elvis Presley, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tiny Tim, Al eco-friendly, Johnny funds, Rod Stewart, Chet Baker, and Destiny's baby. notable Grace heavily examines this contemporary heritage of the hymn via own interviews with recording artists.

From John Newton's significant lifestyles tale to the hymn's function in American spirituality and tradition, extraordinary Grace is an illuminating, thorough, and unheard of musical history.

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The only way to escape was to commandeer a boat, but the reefs were only safely navigable by experienced sailors. It wasn’t picturesque. There were no hills, rivers, waterfalls, or startling vistas. There was a natural cove facing northeast, with a sloping beach, and trees that acted as breakers against the fierce winds. Newton described it as “a low sandy island, about two miles in circumference, and almost covered with palm trees,” and Nicholas Owen, an Irish trader who visited seven years later, said, “It has very little produce of anything but rice.

When he first came to the ship, he complained to Captain Carteret about the size of his cabin. He expected something larger and more luxurious than he had been allocated. Later in the voyage he had to be disciplined for drunkenness. On December 5, 1744, while anchored off the town of Deal on the southeast coast of England, the Harwich had instructions to sail. The 16 | amazing grace mission was to accompany a convoy of Royal African Company ships to Gambia and then go on to India with ships from the East India Company.

Thinking about this dramatic dream many years later Newton could see the spiritual allegory. It was the story of his life; the golden gift of gospel truth handed to him as a child, that gift given up in the face of taunts and tempting arguments, the destructive effects of this creation | 5 abandonment and the opportunity, eventually, to begin again. In retrospect he saw that it had been “a last warning” but at the time he had seen it only as a disturbing and graphic vision, one that was powerful enough to rob him of sleep and appetite for a few days but not powerful enough to arrest his moral and spiritual decline.

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