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John Charles Ryle. Thoughts for Young Men.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, August 17, 2015. 44 pp.

5 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

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What is a book a young person can read to grow spiritually and maturity?  This is a classic by John Charles Ryle that is a timeless classic.  I think given our time this is also edifying for people in their 20s to also read.  John Charles Ryle who is best known by his pen name J.C. Ryle wrote this filled with godly and biblical exhortations that isn’t just applicable to his time period.  In fact in reading this the second time and also in conjunction with the youths in our church (pre-teens and teens) I felt it is more relevant and edifying than when I first read it ten years ago in my 20s.


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A Call to Prayer Ryle

J.C. Ryle. A Call to Prayer.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, July 2nd, 2012. 49 pp.

I appreciate this short work on prayer by J.C. Ryle that exhorted Christians to pray.  Ryle delineates the reason why prayer is important and he goes so far as to say that an individual who doesn’t pray isn’t a Christian.  As uncomfortable as that thought is, Ryle’s certainly has a legitimate point that a Christian who is not communing with God is missing the whole point of why Christians are saved by God’s grace in the first place.  I think Ryle is also nuanced when he said that prayer in of itself does not save someone to go to heaven, but at the same time a non-praying person might be someone who does not understand God’s grace.


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How is your prayer life?  How is your prayers for others?

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