Andrew Bonar’s biography of M’Cheyne (1813-1843), conveys the fragrance of his life that no later writer could ever recapture. Being dead, M’Cheyne yet speaks and it may be doubted whether any Christian can seriously read these pages without having an example of the power of a godliness stamped upon their conscience in a manner that will remain with them for all their days.
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Andrew 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.
"This is that rare type of biography in which the subject is allowed to speak for himself in his own way and M’Cheyne’s oft-quoted prayer: “Lord, make me as holy as a pardoned sinner can be made” casts its hallowed breath over every page." – R. A. FINLAYSON