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Diary and Life Library Binding – February 1, 1961

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'A welcome reprint, introducing us to one of the great men of God of 19th century Scotland. 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

'The whole volume is a devotional gem, far removed from the passing superficiality of many of its modern counterparts. Its very profundity and realism will help a disheartened Christian and revive the weary minister.' --Church of England Newspaper

'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 text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

<strongAndrew Alexander Bonar (1810-92), the youngest brother of Horatius, was born in Edinburgh and educated at Edinburgh University. He was ordained at Collace, Perthshire in 1838, where he was minister in the Church of Scotland to the Disruption (1843) and in the Free Church until moving to Finnieston Free Church, Glasgow in 1856. He was Moderator of the Free Church Assembly in 1878. He visited Palestine with Robert Murray M'Cheyne in 1839, and was his friend's biographer after his early death.
Several of Bonar's books are published by the Trust, including his Commentary on Leviticus in the Geneva series, but he is perhaps best-known for the forementioned Memoir and Remains of R. M. M'Cheyne. Bonar was tireless in his evangelistic endeavours, and he epitomised the text in Hebrew above the entrance to his church in Glasgow: 'He that winneth souls is wise'. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 550 pages
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth (February 1, 1961)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851514324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851514321
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,083,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finally this book has reappeared in the U.S. after many years out of print. This spiritual diary of Andrew Bonar, a 19th-century Scottish preacher, is an inspiring, and encouraging record of a man of high godly ambitions who sometimes triumphs and often struggles with his own failures, yet keeps renewing his resolve and finding his consolation not in his performance before God but in God's unchanging posture toward him through Christ. It is a lifelong diary, so one can trace his growth and maturity in many areas of ministry, theology, and personal sanctification. Very human, down to earth, warm-hearted, and relatable, it is a great read for every minister and layman alike.
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Once in a while I am surprised by a book. Here is one that both surprised and delighted me at the same time. For a long time I had thought about picking it up simply because Andew Bonar is the author of another favourite, The Memoirs & Remains of Robert Murray M'Cheyne. I knew, too, that Andrew was a contemporary and dear friend to Robert Murray M'Cheyne. Still, I wasn't sure a diary would be all that interesting; and somehow I hadn't come across any reviews that would have led me to believe it would be anywhere near as compelling as it has proven to be. So, I was surprised and glad I gave it my time. My hope in putting together this very brief review is that you, too, will give it your time.

It is in some ways an unexceptional book. You won't necessarily make any theological discoveries. Nor you will be helped in solving any ethical/practical dilemmas. This is neither a guide to understanding Christian dogma, nor is it a lesson in holiness. Nonetheless, it is one of the more compelling books I've read. Here the reader is allowed to follow Bonar's life and minstry and see it somewhat through his own eyes. Here you will find Bonar facing the challenges of early pastoral ministry, witnessing revival, wrestling with failure, struggling with sin, rejoicing in the gospel, learning to pray, and facing also the tremendous sorrow of the early loss of his wife and child.

Bonar was a man unlike some of his contemporaries in that he did not meet with early success or acclaim. Like most of us he sought to be faithful and often with little fruit or reward. Still, his joy in the Lord Jesus was a constant mark of his life and shines through every page of this book. He faced sorrow but with a maturity that the contemporary reader will find deeply moving.
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