Memoir & Remains of Robert Murray M’Cheyne
Author: Andrew Bonar
Published by: Banner of Truth
Robert Murray M’Cheyne was the minister of St Peter’s in Dundee from 1836 to 1843. He was a man who undoubtedly loved the Lord. He was a powerful preacher of the Word and a great work for God was done during those few years in Dundee. His untimely death in 1843 at the young age of 29 shocked the Christian Church and his friend Andrew Bonar published this book the following year. It has been a great influence for good upon the lives of many Christians over the years, including CH Spurgeon who stated:
“The memoir of such a man ought surely to be in the hands of every Christian and certainly every preacher of the Gospel.”
The book is split up into various sections, which include a biography, letters, sermons and hymns. M’Cheyne is probably best known today for writing such hymns as “When this passing world is done” and “I once was a stranger to Grace and to God.” He was a man who certainly lived His live for God. He rejoiced in what God had done for Him when he penned the words:
When this passing world is done,
When has sunk yon radiant sun,
When I stand with Christ on high,
Looking o’er life’s history,
Then, Lord shall I fully know –
Not till then how much I owe.
I would heartily recommend this book to all, especially young people. May the reading of it give you a greater desire to serve the Lord, a greater love for Him, and a zeal to tell others the Glorious Gospel.
Review by: Andrew Fitton