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Constrained by His Love: A New Biography of R. M. McCheyne (Van Valen)

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Robert Murray McCheyne was born in 1813 and died in 1843. His life, was nothing short of extraordinary. Given the charge of St Peter's Church, Dundee at the age of 23, even his trial sermon was blessed, with two people being saved. The church saw astonishing growth, overflowing with 1,100 hearers.

He stands today as one of the outstanding preachers in the history of Scotland. His spirituality, and focus on the work of Christ was immediately apparent - with hostile crowds melting as they realised the sincerity of the man and the power of his message. 

His life is a lesson to us all, that when we submit to our Sovereign Lord and his plan, he can and will use our bodies, no matter how weak, our gifts, no matter how limited and our lives, no matter how short.

Table of Contents:

  1. ‘I Once was a Stranger to Grace’
  2. The Fire of Love Rekindled
  3. Equipped for the Heavenly Service
  4. The Fields of Larbert and Dunipace
  5. St. Peter’s Calls!
  6. Shepherd of Souls in a Harbor City
  7. The Sound of the Trumpet
  8. The Right Hand of Fellowship
  9. To the Promised Land
  10. Streams of Blessing
  11. An Abundant Harvest
  12. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem
  13. ‘Treading the Valley’
  14. They Follow in His Footsteps
  15. Whose Faith Follow


"... the result is a spiritual testimony which is beautiful , delightful and deeply impacting." - Tom Lennie, Well respected author on Scottish revival

"... 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

"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." - Peace and Truth

"Finally - a definitive, contemporary biography on Robert Murray McCheyne abounding with historical detail, sterling illustrations, and spiritual warmth." - Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"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." - J. I. Packer, Well known Author & Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada

"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, Pastor, St Peter's Free Church of Scotland, Dundee & trustee of SOLAS, Centre for Public Christianity