J.C. Ryle

J.C. Ryle

J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) was born in Macclesfield, England into an immensely wealthy and socially elite family. The oldest son of a wealthy English family was expected to seek a career in Parliament, and this was Ryle’s ambition. Ryle attended Eton and then entered Oxford in 1834. At 21, he suffered a protracted lung infection. During his confinement, he began to read the Bible, according to his own admission, something he had not done for 14 years. In 1838, while at Oxford church, he listened to a reading of Ephesians 2:8, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” He came under great conviction, and converted to Christianity.

Ryle was ordained by Bishop Sumner at Winchester in 1842. For 38 years he was a parish vicar, first at Helmingham and later at Stradbrooke, in Suffolk. He became a leader of the evangelical party in the Church of England and was noted for his doctrinal essays and polemical writings. In 1880, at age 64, he became the first bishop of Liverpool, at the recommendation of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. He retired in 1900 at age 83 and died later the same year.

Ryle was married three times, he was widowed twice, and had five children.



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Books by J.C. Ryle

9372: HolinessHoliness
By J.C. Ryle

A classic from J.C. Ryle! In days when evangelical preachers are accused of being either superficial or dull, we have here a great example from one who was neither of these things. As Anglican Bishop Ryle explains and applies his texts with his customary simplicity and directness, the reader will find his conscience pricked and his soul examined. Ryle's Holiness has become essential reading on this most important subject and the first chapter on 'Sin' has rarely been bettered.


462550: Aspects Of HolinessAspects Of Holiness
By J.C. Ryle

"Holiness is much more than tears and sighs, bodily excitement, a quickened pulse, passionate attachment to some preacher or religious group. It is 'being conformed to the likeness of God's Son'(Rom. 8:29). It is something capable of being seen by others, in the detail of our character, habits and daily behaviour." From Ryle's introduction


4449X: Practical ReligionPractical Religion
By J.C. Ryle

By "practical religion" Ryle does not mean a "religion of works", but one in which those who are saved can put their faith into practice. Lightly edited and updated, this modern edition remains faithful to Ryle's original work, and conveys its timeless truths of what every believer ought to be, to do, and to expect.


927419: Regeneration:Regeneration
By J.C. Ryle

In this powerful work, Ryle explains that divisive, often derided, term 'born again.' He explains what being 'born again' means, why it is necessary and how you can tell whether you are.


27472: Are You Ready for the End of Time?Are You Ready for the End of Time?
By J.C. Ryle

J.C. Ryle, one of the most highly respected Bible teachers of the past 200 years, turns his attention to the future. He investigates the future of biblical prophecy, signs of the End Times, the Second Coming of Christ and the future state of the church.

2237402: A Call to PrayerA Call to Prayer
By J.C. Ryle

J.C. Ryle knew that praying is as natural - and as necessary - to spiritual life as breathing is to physical life. If this book was apropos in his day, it is doubly so in ours. This booklet is Bishop Ryle's clarion wake-up call about prayer. It is a potent remedy for spiritual apathy and weak Christianity. If you heed Bishop Ryle's advice, your walk with the Lord will be energized by an infusion of vitality and spiritual power you never imagined possible.


518486: Is All Scripture Inspired?Is All Scripture Inspired?
By J.C. Ryle

Is all Scripture inspired? Are the very words and expressions used by the writers from God, or does inspiration mean something less than this? Ryle was convinced that the very words are from God, and that only this view makes sense of what the Bible itself claims. Here he eloquently defends this position, answers objections, and applies the truth to the conscience of the reader.


29599: Day by Day with J.C. Ryle: A New Devotional of J.C. Ryle's WritingsDay by Day with J.C. Ryle
By J.C. Ryle

J.C. Ryle books have remained in print for a hundred years because Ryle was able to touch the person in the street with clear teaching on doctrinal matters. He showed how the Bible was relevant. His writings thus lend themselves to a devotional format and here is a new selection different to any that have gone before. Here Eric Russell (Ryle's biographer) has arranged writings according to themes that develop the reader's understanding on a topic before moving on to new pastures. It is as refreshing as it is profound.


91708: The Duties of ParentsThe Duties of Parents
By J.C. Ryle

This book is a brief summary to describe the goals of parents which God holds them to account for. A thought provoking book that will help any family re-assess their goals according to Scripture. This tiny book on Christian parenting will challenge you to the biblical responsibility of godly child rearing.


241240: Thoughts for Young MenThoughts for Young Men
By J.C. Ryle

Peer pressure, lust, idleness---there's nothing new about the struggles young men face. Filled with wise guidance and pithy advice, this book prepares and equips teens to resist temptation and grow strong in character. Penned by England's "last Puritan" in the late 19th century, Ryle's practical counsel rings as true today as ever.


8045338: The Thirty-Nine Articles of ReligionThe Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion
By J.C. Ryle

The 39 Articles were formulated in the spirit of the continental reformers in 1571. They were slightly revised by the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1801 in the United States of America and are still embraced in the twenty-first century by the Reformed Episcopal Church. Any believer, regardless of denominational persuasion, can benefit from this historic, concise confession of the Christian Faith.


7760380: The Christian Race & Other SermonsThe Christian Race & Other Sermons
By J.C. Ryle

This collection of Ryle's sermons were written to be preached, and accordingly, their form is unlike a typical Ryle essay. While style and composition may be wanting, these sermons make clear Ryle's own axiom: "If you want to heat a church, put a stove in the pulpit."


7760372: The Christian Leaders of the Last Century or England a Hundred Years AgoThe Christian Leaders of the Last Century
By J.C. Ryle

Anglican bishop J.C. Ryle's biographical account of The Christian Leaders of the Last Century examines the lives and ministries of 11 "scholars on fire . . . who shook England from one end to another" during the evangelical awakenings of the 1700s. George Whitefield, John Wesley, Daniel Rowlands, Augustus Toplady, William Romaine, Henry Venn, and others give evidence that "when God takes a work in hand, nothing can stop it."


1511384: Five English ReformersFive English Reformers
By J. C. Ryle

The conviction that martyrs, though dead, can still speak to the church, led J. C. Ryle to pen these pungent biographies of five English Reformers. Along with an analysis of the reasons for their martyrdom, he points out the salient characterictics of their lives.


517609: Old PathsOld Paths
By J. C. Ryle

In this book, J.C. Ryle expounds the great themes of the gospel and proves that this is indeed the 'good way' where true 'rest of soul' is to be found. This is a companion volume to Practical Religion.


44155: Churches BewareChurches Beware
By J.C. Ryle

J.C. Ryle is best known for his plain and lively writings on practical and spiritual themes. His great aim, in all his ministry, was to encourage strong and serious Christian living. He recognized that, as a pastor of the flock of God, he had a responsibility to guard Christ's sheep and to warn them whenever he saw approaching dangers. His love for the church shines through all his preaching and writing. His fearless proclamation of biblical truths, his insight into the dangers threatening the church, his practical wisdom and his penetrating comments are as wise and relevant today as they were when he first wrote them.

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