Andrew Bonar

Diary & Life

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500 in stock

Weight 1.38 lbs
Dimensions 8.8 × 5.75 × 1.1 in






Original Pub Date


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Jan 1, 1960




19th Century, Pastoral Biography

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‘The Whole volume is a devotional gem, far removed from the passing superficiality of many modern counterparts. Its very profundity and realism will help a disheartened Christian and revive the weary minister.’ — CHURCH OF ENGLAND NEWSPAPER

‘Best known as the biographer of M’Cheyne, Bonar’s own life and ministry, bathed in prayer and blessed with recurring revivals, deserve to be known in their own right. The volume cannot but stir devotion to Christ and zeal to serve him.’ — EVANGELICAL TIMES

‘In personality he was genial, gracious, very loving and very winning, and in his old age he represented all that was best and finest in the Evangelical life of Scotland.’ — AUSTRALIAN CHURCH RECORD

‘This book will inspire and instruct… A book to read and re-read.’ — YOUNG LIFE

Book Description

The Diary and Life of Andrew Bonar (1810-92) gives a panoramic view of one of the most fascinating periods of Scotland’s church history. But first and foremost it is the record of God’s work in the life of a man who represented all that was finest in the evangelical life of that country.

Pupil of Thomas Chalmers, friend of Robert Murray M’Cheyne, participant in the revivals of 1839 and 1859, faithful witness against the inroads of ‘Higher Criticism’, Bonar’s name because highly esteemed far beyond the borders of his own church. Yet his life-long concern was communion with God and his diary discloses that hidden yet most helpful aspect of his witness.

Convinced, like M’Cheyne, that ‘it is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus’ and that ‘unholiness lies at the root of our little success’, Andrew Bonar sought to press further and further into the presence of God.  He knew that ‘one of the gravest perils which besets the ministry is a restless scattering of energies over an amazing multiplicity of interests which leaves no margin of time and of strength for receptive and absorbing communion with God’. Consequently prayer, meditation, and Bible study were for him the chief work of every day.


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