"Amazing Grace" hymn writer John Newton, pastor in England (former slave trader) in the 1700's penned 21 loving letters to his adopted daughter (Elizabeth Catlett) mentoring her in godly values and insights into Christian faith, the character of God and making wise godly decisions in her life. He shares beautiful words, much like the beauty of the words to the hymn. (Beautiful vintage letters- great examples for any Christian parents desiring to share about God, His word and salvation with their children) Newton and his wife adopted their 2 orphaned nieces (cousins) due to both their parent's early deaths.
The 2nd half of the book shares Newton's heartfelt/spiritual insights relating to observing his youngest adopted daughter Eliza Cunningham's last 3 weeks of her short 14 year life. She died of tuberculosis and demonstrated amazing faith in God, mentoring many relatives and visitors to her bedside. She longed to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and so touched Newton, her father as He observed her beautiful grace and care for others before her death.
( I am a Paperback Swap member (Jody Moreen) and I compiled this book in 2005 - by Pleasant Word Publishers, a division of Wine Press Publishing, Enumclaw Washington ) I read vintage copies of 2 of Newton's small leather bound books(written in 1700's last published in 1800's) and felt Newton's example of godly parenting and mentoring his daughters in the faith needed to be shared with today's parents!