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Constrained By His Love: A New Biography of Robert Murray McCheyne Hardcover – Large Print, 20 May 2002
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"Finally - a definitive, contemporary biography on Robert Murray McCheyne abounding with historical detail, sterling illustrations, and spiritual warmth."(Joel R. Beeke, President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary & Pastor of Heritage Reformed Congregation, Michigan)
"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, St Peter's Free Church of Scotland, Dundee)
"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."("Dr J. I. Packer, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Regent College, Vancouver)
... the result is a spiritual testimony which is beautiful , delightful and deeply impacting.(Tom Lennie)
"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."(A. Ridge, Peace & Truth)
... the sheer strength of the subject matter carries the reader along and we are thankful to the author for reminding us that God made Robert M'Cheyne so wonderfully fruitful in his life, ministry and death.(Evangelical Times)
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Van Valen's biography has the feel of the old time biographies which emphasized the positive aspect of the subject--often to an abnormal degree--and ignored the negative. Even though this book approaches 500 pages, I was never able to really get a handle on McCheyne's true personality, his interests or real struggles. As a matter of fact the details of McCheyne's everyday and personal life are rather skimpy. Still we learn much about the times, McCheyne's minister friends, his love for God's people, his outreach to the Jews and his longing for revival.
The book is also full of pictures of people and places of the times and contains excerpts from many of McCheyne's poems and letters.