Faithfully abridged, J. C. Ryle's iconic work Holiness is presented here for a modern audience. When writing this piece in the 19th century, Ryle was troubled by the worldliness which had infiltrated the church. He saw a neglect of holy living and recognized that this disease needed to be addressed. Two centuries later, this practical and insightful book is desperately relevant and helpful to anyone with a willingness to follow Christ wholeheartedly.
J. C. Ryle (1816 - 1900) was the first Bishop of Liverpool. He was one of the most authoritative churchmen of his time and his writings have been in constant demand throughout the last hundred years. His popularity was due to his clear and simple style, his longevity due to his being a profound thinker and compassionate pastor.
It gives me great joy to commend this rewritten and abridged version of Ryle's writing on this subject for a new generation of readers. It will inform your mind, warm your heart and strengthen your will, knowing that God's promised Holy Spirit continues to empower the saints for service to their King.
- Glenn N. Davies, Archbishop of Sydney, Anglican Diocese of Sydney
Bishops Ryle's exhortations on the lifelong pursuit of holiness are some of the best ever written. He overflows with a burning love for Christ and desire to grow more and more in Christlikeness, while facing up to the stark realities of the seriousness of sin. Thoroughly biblical and practically applied, none can read Ryle without being shaken from their spiritual slumber.
- Andrew Atherstone, Tutor in History and Doctrine, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford
J. C. Ryle's concern in the 19th century that many Christians are concerned with "politics, or controversy, or party spirit, or worldliness" instead of godliness is just as relevant today-if not more so. Ryle shows that truly encountering the free grace of God will compel us to fight for growth in personal holiness. This abridged version will make Ryle's classic work even more accessible to a wider audience.
- Gavin Ortlund, Research Fellow, Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois