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Constrained By His Love
A New Biography of Robert Murray McCheyne
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Robert Murray McCheyne was born in 1813 and died in 1843. His life, was nothing short of extraordinary. Given the charge of St Peter's Church, Dundee at the age of 23, even his trial sermon was blessed, with two people being saved. The church saw astonishing growth, overflowing with 1,100 hearers.
He stands today as one of the outstanding preachers in the history of Scotland. His spirituality, and focus on the work of Christ was immediately apparent - with hostile crowds melting as they realised the sincerity of the man and the power of his message.
His life is a lesson to us all, that when we submit to our Sovereign Lord and his plan, he can and will use our bodies, no matter how weak, our gifts, no matter how limited and our lives, no matter how short.
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"This book should be required reading for every pastor, desired reading for every believer, and inspiring reading for all who hunger after the things of God. The clear print and attractive presentation are a credit to the publisher."
"Finally - a definitive, contemporary biography on Robert Murray McCheyne abounding with historical detail, sterling illustrations, and spiritual warmth."
Joel R. Beeke, President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
"He was an outstanding man of God, and his life story, here told in fullest detail and with fullest sympathy, should on no account be missed."
J. I. Packer, Well known Author & Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada
"He has much to teach us about how to reach the cities and the modern industrialised world for Jesus Christ. Read and learn."
David Robertson, Pastor, St Peter's Free Church of Scotland, Dundee & trustee of SOLAS, Centre for Public Christianity
Robert McCheyne is mentioned a lot in some church circles and when I received this book I thought I would know all there was to know about him. I was greatly surprised to read of this fantasic insight and well documented book by LJ Van Valen. In these days of instant coffee and instant church it was good to see how a man of God had carved out his vocation steeped in the love of God. As is often the case with biographes we discover that it was not an easy life for him. We knew he died at an early age but the depth of information Van Valen provides only makes it more the marvelous "A God filled" life depicted in these pages. Well done Christian Focus for a good publication. I would have liked to see something about his Hymn writing. Great book for a new pastor or church worker.
Posted by Brian Robertson, Pitlochry at 14:55 on Wednesday 04 April 2007