Holiness

Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots

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Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
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Weight 1.46 lbs
Dimensions 8.75 × 5.6 × 1.25 in
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Cloth-bound, ePub, Kindle (.mobi), Cloth-bound & Kindle, Cloth-bound & ePub

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Book

isbn

9781848715066

Original Pub Date

1877

topic

Spiritual Growth, Life Issues, Salvation, Sanctification

page-count

480

Banner Pub Date

Dec 12, 2014

Endorsement

‘A book I think every Christian should read. It is so readable, so accessible, a very simple style of presentation, but absolutely forceful, and discerning. Every time I read it the Lord uses it to press upon me the importance and the possibility of holiness. It’s one of those books that makes you feel convicted but also inspired.’ — KEVIN DEYOUNG

‘…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

Book Description

Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots is perhaps J. C. Ryle’s best-known and, arguably, best-loved book. Although many things have changed since 1877, when this book was first published, one thing remains the same: ‘real practical holiness does not receive the attention it deserves.’ It was to remedy this attention deficit, and to counter false teaching on this most important subject, that Ryle took up his pen.
The twenty-one chapters in this enlarged edition highlight:

  • the real nature of holiness
  • the temptations and difficulties which all must expect who pursue it
  • the life-transforming truth that union with Christ is the root of holiness
  • the immense encouragement Jesus Christ holds out to all who strive to be holy.

Holiness, as with all of Ryle’s works, is clear and concise, penetrating and practical.

Mark Jones on Holiness

Table of Contents Expand ↓

Author’s Preface vii
Introduction xi
1 Sin 1
2 Sanctification 21
3 Holiness 47
4 The Fight 71
5 The Cost 93
6 Growth 113
7 ‘Assurance’ 135
8 Moses—An Example 181
9 Lot—A Beacon 201
10 A Woman to be Remembered 219
11 Christ’s Greatest Trophy 243
12 The Ruler of the Waves 261
13 The Church which Christ Builds 287
14 Visible Churches Warned 305
15 ‘Lovest Thou Me?’ 321
16 Without Christ 339
17 Thirst Relieved 351
18 ‘Unsearchable Riches’ 375
19 Wants of the Times 391
20 ‘Christ Is All’ 415
21 Extracts from Old Writers 439

Review

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ben Hogan

    It is hard to put into words the weight, value, and necessity of this book to your soul. Ryle will make a profound impact on your life (as he did mine) because he wrote as if he were standing right in front of you squeezing your shoulders in the hopes of helping you see the vital importance of understanding the exceeding sinfulness of sin as well as the humbling line of Scripture that tells us that without holiness no one will see the Lord.

    He never falters in explaining how holiness is effected by the sanctifying power of the holy spirit after His regenerating work and even goes so far as to explain the difference between justification and sanctification in the life of a believer, a critical distinction.

    I can only wonder at what the visible church would look like today if more pastors and preachers of God’s Word took their job as seriously as Ryle did and spoke as poignantly as he did. He has left his mark on my heart and it is the mark of the pruning work of Scripture of which I am deeply thankful.

    Every Christian needs to read this book, or if nothing else, at least the first two chapters on Sin and Holiness, though every page is rife with profound insight and deep, biblical wisdom.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Richard Bush

    Ryle’s book is timely even today. He writes for everyone. Early in the book he states, “In a word, where there is no sanctification there is no regeneration, and where there is no holy life there is no new birth.” He is very direct and challenges the reader to follow Christ as a true believer. He writes with a pastor’s heart but wants the reader to truly look at their lives to confirm that they truly know Christ.
    I recommend this book to everyone who wants to learn more about living a life that is to dedicated Christ.

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