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Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots Paperback – September 1, 1979
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'…this book is simply the best of Ryle the Puritan-type pastor. Real Christians will find it a gold mine, a feast, a spur and a heart-warmer, food, drink, medicine, and a course of vitamins, all in one.' --J.I. Packer --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
J C Ryle (1816-1900) was the first Anglican Bishop of Liverpool, England. Thoroughly Evangelical in his doctrine and uncompromising principles, Ryle was a prolific writers, vigorous preacher and faithful pastor.
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I wanted a copy of this book for each of the men attending my monthly Bible study. Having first read the book many years ago, I know its value. The order arrived quickly, 2 days before I needed it. The next day, the day before I was to distribute them, I opened the box.
NO PAGE NUMBERS!
NO TABLE OF CONTENTS!
NO MARKED CHAPTER DIVISIONS
MODERNIZED ENGLISH (at least in parts, e.g. "Lovest Thou Me" is now "Do You Love Me")
NO FOOTNOTES!!!! - some of the best observations in the entire book are in the footnotes
Not having enough time to get another publisher's copy, I handed them out and shared with my men my disappointment at what I had to give them.
I will never buy from "First Rate Publishers" again!
And who is the ugly picture on the very first page? I have never seen a picture of Ryle with ONLY a moustache.
Bruce D. Walker
1) No table of contents
2) No page numbers
3) Missing quotations and footnotes from Ryle, as well as those persons he quotes
4) The chapter titles are only slightly distinguished from other text by slightly increased size and a grey color instead of black
5) All text is left-justified, including the chapter titles
6) The structure of the writing is not in standard paragraph form, but chopped up in a way that is not coherent (a "Note from the Publisher" may have provided some understanding)
7) A picture on the first page is not even JC Ryle (though not as important as the previous concerns, is indicative of the publisher's decisions)
I highly recommend JC Ryle's work, but not from this publisher. When searching for a different copy, search for this copy, which solves all the concerns listed above:
JC Ryle is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Ryle's insights into Scripture and clarity of expression are remarkable, making his works not only profitable, but an easy and pleasant read, not at all tedious.
Beyond that, Ryle's compassion for his readers practically bleeds through the pages. He pleads with men to examine their condition and turn to Christ.
I'm truly grateful that JC Ryle composed this work, so that I and others like me can benefit from his wisdom well over a century later.
(Just for fun, I must say that Ryle reminds me of what a Christian Gandalf-or Dumbledore, take your pick-would probably write!)
I chose to read a chapter a day as part of my daily devotions. Sometimes I had to reread a chapter, not because I didn’t understand it, but because it was so wonderful. Many times, I was moved to tears as I read through some chapters.
This book is truly a blessing. I cannot recommend it enough
This is essentially BIble 101, without the cutsey stories and drivel that fills so much of Christian books today. Written sometime in the middle 1800s, he could have written it yesterday, for today. He methodically works his way through Biblical Christianity. I thought the book would be stuffy and hard to read....well actually the book IS hard to read because the print is so small! But even though it has small print, it has paragraphs where other versions of this book don't, which makes reading it a lot easier. Also, I was suprised that there aren't weird dated words you have to look up every other page considering when it was written. Since there are almost no stories, the text is not dated in the least, style wise or any other way.
His premise is that it's all about Jesus and what He did on the Cross ( what a relief that is!). His section on sin is worth the price of the book and it's too bad that one has to go back 150 years to hear this type of preaching.
I totally give this book the hightest rating. For someone who wants an indepth but easily readable and concise explanation of Christianity, this is definitely close to the top of the list. Buy it! You won't be disappointed!