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Night of Weeping (Christian Heritage) Paperback – January 1, 2001
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"Horatius Bonar (1808-1889) is best known for his many hymns, including I heard the voice of Jesus say' and Fill Thou my life O Lord my God'. According to one of his fellow ministers, he was happiest and found comfort as he wrote them. He was a Church of Scotland minister. At the time of the Disruption' in 1840, he became a minister in the breakaway Free Church of Scotland. He was able to evangelise over a wider area than formerly, as he had always longed to do. He suffered much in his own life, and his book portrays his experience of the Lord's dealings with His children through suffering. I did not find it an easy book to read, partly because of the 19th Century language. The more important reason is that it raises the question of whether God allows suffering or actually sends it to draw His children closer to himself in repentance and discipline. I think it is a valuable book and worth the effort of studying it with the relevant Scriptures. It might change your understanding of a loving God's dealings with you." (RC, CLC Book Reviews)
A pastoral classic from one of the great Scottish ministers of the nineteenth century. (Evangelical Times)
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Bonar writes like a 17th century English Puritan. His style is delightful and yet never trivial or clever. He bleeds Bible on every page and puts thick and serious doctrine into print with beautiful English. Bonar was a hymn writer and a contemporary of the likes of JC Ryle and CH Spurgeon so his style doesn't surprise me. But his doctrine does as I think he spent much time with Moody during his crusades around England. Bonar is solidly reformed though and every page of this wonderful book is grounded in sound and balanced understanding of the holy Scriptures.
This book will challenge you to view suffering as not just 'good' but as absolutely necessary and something to be embraced, instead of merely tolerated. You may just buy several copies after you've read this one, to give them to friends and family.