From Day to Day, Helpful Words for the Christian Life: Daily Readings for a YearISBN: 9781800403925
This warm and encouraging book of daily devotionals, along with Bible verses suitable to each topic, shows forth a pastor's heart and a disciple's love of Scripture. One senses, moving through the year, topics and verses that were especially treasured to Robert Macdonald, presented so winsomely that they soon become precious to the reader.
Each day, the author presents fresh biblical insights, interwoven with wisdom from the Puritans, amusing and yet helpful anecdotes from his own nineteenth-century Scotland, and snippets from hymns and poems.
Perhaps the most compelling recommendation of Macdonald's book remains the one written by one of his fellow ministers and friends Andrew Bonar:
'My dear Robert, From Day to Day is a book of most pleasant and profitable reading. It is 365 meditations - as many as Samuel Rutherford's Letters - as many as Enoch's years of earthly pilgrimage and walking with God. There is a clearness and pointedness in your style of writing that at once attracts the reader, and, dipping his rod in the honey, he finds his eyes enlightened.'
Robert Macdonald was born in the Scottish city of Perth in 1813 and attended the University of St Andrews, where he was converted. He became a close friend of Robert Murray M'Cheyne and the Bonar brothers, and served as a minister first in the Perthshire village of Logiealmond. He then exercised a near twenty-year ministry in Blairgowrie before moving in 1857 to the Free Church congregation in North Leith, near Edinburgh, during which time he served as Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland in 1882. He continued as senior minister of North Leith until his death in 1893.
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