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J.C. Ryle

Prepared to Stand Alone

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Book

topic

History and Biography, 19th Century, Pastoral Biography

page-count

296

Cloth bound ISBN

9781848716780

Paperback ISBN

9781848716797

Original Pub Date

2016

Banner Pub Date

May 10, 2016

Endorsements

‘That man of granite with the heart of a child.’ — F. J. CHAVASSE

‘Ryle was at heart an evangelist.’ — MARCUS LOANE

‘Famous, outstanding and beloved exponent of the evangelical and reformed faith.’ — D. M. LLOYD-JONES

‘A single-minded Christian communicator of profound biblical, theological and pastoral wisdom, a man and minister of giant personal stature and electric force (‘unction’ was the old name for it).’ — J. I. PACKER

‘Bold as a lion for the truth of God’s Word and his Gospel.’ — RICHARD HOBSON

Book Description

The life of J.C. Ryle has only to be heard once to be remembered. His 84 years (1816–1900) included remarkable contrasts—the promise of a fortune, then the poverty of a bankrupt; a Suffolk country pastor, then bishop of the leading seaport of the British Empire. But there was a still greater change—from the successful youth at Eton and Oxford, who did not pray or read his Bible till he was 21, to become a Christian ‘bold as a lion for the truth of God’s Word and his Gospel’.

Although one of the most widely read evangelical authors of the nineteenth century, Ryle’s writings lost influence after his death. The world had moved on, as was supposed. Then, fifty years later a ‘rediscovery’ began. Research on his life was accomplished by able authors, and from a new wealth of material Iain Murray has put together a compelling biography. Ryle believed in definite doctrine, in a message which does not adjust to the times, in revival, and in the living Christ. He knew that all the great turning points of church history have been attended with controversy, and that ‘there are times when controversy is not only a duty but a benefit’.

J.C. Ryle’s life is convincing evidence that Christianity stands or falls depending on its relation to the word of God and to the Holy Spirit. That he is being read widely again at the present time gives hope of better days.

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Illustrations ix
Introduction xi
1 Schooldays 1
2 ‘The Greatest Change and Event in My Life’ 13
3 Church and Homes Divided 25
4 All Doors Shut Except One 41
5 Peace Disturbed in Hampshire 53
6 Rural Suffolk: Stepping-Stone to the World 69
7 Puritans at Helmingham Rectory 91
8 Stradbroke: Twenty Fruitful Years 107
9 The Teacher 131
10 Liverpool 155
11 Standing Firm under Darkening Skies 177
12 The Last Years 197
13 What Does Ryle Say for Today? 215
Appendix 1 Extracts from Ryle 237
Appendix 2 Herbert E Ryle 249
Index 261

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  1. 5 out of 5

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    My order is in for this bio of J. C.Ryle by one of the best ever biographers, Iain Murray. I write briefly here now on Ryle the great preacher and to all that I have read of his via Banner of Truth…Ryle’s 7 volumes on the 4 gospels I read through and am into frequently, then many years ago Martyn Lloyd-Jones,having written me to read Ryle and all I could get my hands on by him and Spurgeon, I am so pleased I did…Ryle’s Practical Religion, Old Paths and Holiness, The Upper Room.all equally powerful writings and food for the very mind, heart & soul. Read Ryle. How happy I am after a new believer 50 years ago that providentially I was led to this so easy to read man, yet profound truths flowed from his penand as easy to read as Lloyd-Jones himself.

  2. 5 out of 5

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    I first met Ryle as a young Christian teen. I came across by Providence his classic Holiness and was immediately transformed. I have read and reread his Thoughts for Young Men several times. Ryle has the great gift of writing on deep doctrine that even the simplest Christian can understand and remember. I thank God for this man and of similar men eg. Spurgeon his contemporary.

  3. 5 out of 5

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    Having spent most of my life in the company of this great man, I am thrilled that we have a new biography. Like Marcus Loane (‘From Strength to Strenth’ – A. M. Blanch, ps.36-7) I was arrested by the ‘Expository Thoughts’ in my late teens. I found these volumes compelling in a life-changing way. ‘Practical Religion’ and ‘Holiness’ are among those few books for which we must sell our shirts. Ryle leads us to love church history and to draw from the wisdom of the Puritans.

  4. 5 out of 5

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    After reading ‘Holiness’ a couple of years ago, I was impressed at how practical and convicting it was to read. Therefore, it was this biography I asked my wife for this past Christmas and am thoroughly glad I did as I walk away from reading it even more impressed with how faithful Bishop Ryle was to our Lord Jesus Christ. How tough it is to take a stand for truth when everybody else around you compromises, but I’m certainly glad he did and his witness for Christ will continue to magnify until His coming. Thank you Banner of Truth for your faithfulness as well. God bless.

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