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J.C. Ryle's handbook for young men, replete with warnings, exhortations, and instruction about this life's many trials, temptations, and common pitfalls. This book is a treasure. "I Heartily Endorse It! .... and strongly commend it to both Christian leaders and fathers, not to mention older and younger men alike." - John MacArthur, Jr. "Ryle Is Magnificent! There's no other J.C. Ryle's handbook for young men, replete with warnings, exhortations, and instruction about this life's many trials, temptations, and common pitfalls. This book is a treasure. "I Heartily Endorse It! .... and strongly commend it to both Christian leaders and fathers, not to mention older and younger men alike." - John MacArthur, Jr. "Ryle Is Magnificent! There's no other word for it. ...are you brave enough to face hard-hitting truth and have God search your heart on things that matter most? Then Ryle is the man for you! Do yourself a favor -read this and think about what you read." -J.I. Packer


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J.C. Ryle's handbook for young men, replete with warnings, exhortations, and instruction about this life's many trials, temptations, and common pitfalls. This book is a treasure. "I Heartily Endorse It! .... and strongly commend it to both Christian leaders and fathers, not to mention older and younger men alike." - John MacArthur, Jr. "Ryle Is Magnificent! There's no other J.C. Ryle's handbook for young men, replete with warnings, exhortations, and instruction about this life's many trials, temptations, and common pitfalls. This book is a treasure. "I Heartily Endorse It! .... and strongly commend it to both Christian leaders and fathers, not to mention older and younger men alike." - John MacArthur, Jr. "Ryle Is Magnificent! There's no other word for it. ...are you brave enough to face hard-hitting truth and have God search your heart on things that matter most? Then Ryle is the man for you! Do yourself a favor -read this and think about what you read." -J.I. Packer

30 review for Thoughts for Young Men

  1. 4 out of 5

    Barnabas Piper

    While it is addressed to young men, so much of what is said applies people of both genders and all ages. It is a book of biblical foundations for Christian living, and it shoots straight and uses large caliber ammunition. Ryle packs so much wisdom into these 80 pages - I would recommend this to just about anyone seeking a stronger relationship with God.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ezra

    A medicine cabinet of aged wisdom and tender care. Besides the Bible, this is the most effectual and potent book I have ever read. Do yourself a favour and read it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ivan

    This book is a short yet passionate plea of a man in the latter years of life to young men. Though written about a hundred years ago, this booklet is full of truths that are no less relevant today. The books is divided into four sections with a conclusion. In section one, Ryle begins with reasons for his exhorting young men. In section two, he then focuses on five specific dangers which young men to be warned of (e.g. pride, the love of pleasure, the fear of man’s opinions, etc.). In section This book is a short yet passionate plea of a man in the latter years of life to young men. Though written about a hundred years ago, this booklet is full of truths that are no less relevant today. The books is divided into four sections with a conclusion. In section one, Ryle begins with reasons for his exhorting young men. In section two, he then focuses on five specific dangers which young men to be warned of (e.g. pride, the love of pleasure, the fear of man’s opinions, etc.). In section three, he outlines some general suggestions which he entreats young men to receive and then in section four he lays down some practical specific “rules of conduct” which he strongly advises young men to follow. Ryle then concludes with the results of heeding such exhortations as he has laid out. I read this while in college — yes, as a young man — and it came at an ideal time. His exhortations, I'll add, are more practical and timely than many of today’s most popular authors. “Youth is the seedtime of full age—the mouldering season in the little space of human life—the turning point in the history of man’s life. By the shoot we judge the tree—by the blossoms we judge the fruit—by the the spring we judge the harvest—by the morning we judge the day—and by the character of the young man, we may generally judge what he will be when he grows up” (p. 11). Or: “Godliness has indeed the promise of this life, as well as of that to come. There is a solid peace in feeling that God is your friend. There is a real satisfaction in knowing that however great your unworthiness, you are complete in Christ—that you have an enduring portion—that you have chosen that good part which shall not be taken from you.... Young men, these things are true. Suffer the word of exhortation. Be persuaded. Take up the cross. Follow Christ. Yield yourselves unto God” (p.62).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brent McCulley

    Few books can touch the reader's generation with profound biblical insights and practical theological exhortations - still fewer can do this not only for the generation wherein it was written, but a generation hundreds of years removed from its original publication! J.C. Ryle is a beloved favorite, and this short treatise is further evidence of his careful and scrupulous study making sure every action is aligned with God's Word. Ryle's clarion call to young men is so fantastically pertinent for Few books can touch the reader's generation with profound biblical insights and practical theological exhortations - still fewer can do this not only for the generation wherein it was written, but a generation hundreds of years removed from its original publication! J.C. Ryle is a beloved favorite, and this short treatise is further evidence of his careful and scrupulous study making sure every action is aligned with God's Word. Ryle's clarion call to young men is so fantastically pertinent for young men today it's scary. In a generation of young "Christian" men [boys] who are addicted to videos games, MMA fights, and beer, we would all do well to pick this up on a monthly basis and allow our minds to submit to the exhortations Ryle is commending to us. I was so utterly challenged by Ryle's words, I've never had such a strong desire for more holiness. As a 23 year old teetotaler who does not have a Facebook, does not own cable or a TV, and someone who doesn't own any video games, I already stand out among the crowd. This is not enough: how can I conform my mind more unto Christ? LORD, I want more of You! Happy is the man, who picks up this book, whose life is changed. Brent McCulley

  5. 4 out of 5

    Peter Jones

    I am going to have sons read this, hopefully more than once. But you don't need to be 17 to be pricked by this book. Ryle is simple, applicable, and solidly evangelical. An excellent book to for all men, but especially young ones.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wade Stinson

    An exceptional work that highlights common sins within young men and states effective ways to combat them through God’s word.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Samuel Kassing

    I haven’t read much of Ryle but this little book was a practical book chalk full of wisdom and down to earth guidance. What struck me while I was reading it was how applicable it was to today’s context.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Wesley Crump

    It is like you are being disciplined and advised by your grandpa. If you grandpa was a famous theologian and pastor who spoke in old english. I think the book is best used not by young men but older men who want to disciple, lead, and help young men grow.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Zack Clemmons

    Prepping for a middle school boys' study by revisiting this familiar collection of advice from Bishop Ryle. Still too dualist for my taste (and conviction), and perhaps a little overeager on the prohibitions side of things, but full of wisdom well earned, and the sort of confrontational zeal boys thrive on. If only middle school boys have the ears to hear it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Josiah Brown

    This was an amazing book. This has made me really think more about how to serve God. I highly recommend it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mark Donald

    Highly recommend this book. Insightful, clear, helpful, and challenging. Not only for young men but everyone could benefit from Ryle's warnings and exhortations.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Matt Tyler

    How have I gone so long without reading this book? I just finished reading with a brother in my church and now intend to add it to my list of go to books for discipleship. In fact, it may be my first read with brothers who desire to meet. I intend to read this many more times, and I commend it to you as a convicting, practical, highly relevant resource for awakening young men (like me!) from our ignorance and slumber regarding spiritual matters in general and Jesus in particular.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gordon Alley

    This was a great book for not just young men but also for all men from all walks of life and all ages of life. J.C. Ryle was a preacher and writer with great depths and Scripture-packed writings. This is a short read but every reader may suffer distractions as the Truths contained will be hindered with a Spiritual battle from the enemy. I heartily recommend this read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    John Caulfield

    This book served as a helpful warning to those who would wish to put their repentance off until later in life, as if you could plan such a thing. He adds to these warnings several practical exhortations that young men, or women for that matter, can employ in ridding themselves of a lackadaisical approach to Christianity. Ryle says: “habits are like stones rolling down hill - the further they roll, the faster and more unmanageable their course.” I appreciated his willingness to imply that sexual This book served as a helpful warning to those who would wish to put their repentance off until later in life, as if you could plan such a thing. He adds to these warnings several practical exhortations that young men, or women for that matter, can employ in ridding themselves of a lackadaisical approach to Christianity. Ryle says: “habits are like stones rolling down hill - the further they roll, the faster and more unmanageable their course.” I appreciated his willingness to imply that sexual sin has more complex tentacles than other. He calls the breaking of the 7th commandment a “sin above all others (I assume within commandments 5-10), that, Hosea says, “takes away all understanding (Hosea 4:11). Its is a sin that levels deeper scars upon that soul than any other sin a man can commit.” Few other quotes I loved: “Satan doesn’t care how spiritual your intentions are, or how holy your resolutions, if only the are determined to be done tomorrow.” “The poorest saint that ever died in the ghetto is nobler in His sight than the richest sinner that ever died in a palace.” On “small sin” as a gateway: “There is nothing finer than the point of a needle, but when it has made a hole, it draws a thread after it.” “Fellowship and worship are a foretaste and a fragment of heaven. The man who finds them a burden and not a privilege, may be sure that his heart stands in need of a mighty change.” “Young men, believe me, if your soul is to be saved you must pray. God has no speechless children.”

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Still

    Thoughts for Young Men by J.C. Ryle was an overlook of what young men can expect in their walks as believers. J.C. Ryle mixed what he has learned throughout life and ministry, and backed it with scriptural evidence to complete a great resource for young men and their walk. Ryle lays out encouragement, specific dangers than young men will face, general counsels they should be aware of, and special rules that if followed, can have a profound and life-giving impact on their pursuit of the Lord. Thoughts for Young Men by J.C. Ryle was an overlook of what young men can expect in their walks as believers. J.C. Ryle mixed what he has learned throughout life and ministry, and backed it with scriptural evidence to complete a great resource for young men and their walk. Ryle lays out encouragement, specific dangers than young men will face, general counsels they should be aware of, and special rules that if followed, can have a profound and life-giving impact on their pursuit of the Lord. Ryle summarizes it up with saying, "Young men, these things are true. Suffer the word of exhortation. Be persuaded. Take up the cross. Follow Christ. Yield yourselves unto God." Great quick read for discipleship with young men.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Alfond

    J.C. Ryle is so clear and straight forward in the way that he writes. A young Christian man can often be uncertain in his ways and can second-guess himself because of how different the Christian life is to the ways of the world. Ryle's instruction gives clarity and straight-forward direction. Reading this book will leave you decisive in your walk the Lord and encouraged to be as intense as possible about serving Christ without questioning whether you're being "too serious about spiritual J.C. Ryle is so clear and straight forward in the way that he writes. A young Christian man can often be uncertain in his ways and can second-guess himself because of how different the Christian life is to the ways of the world. Ryle's instruction gives clarity and straight-forward direction. Reading this book will leave you decisive in your walk the Lord and encouraged to be as intense as possible about serving Christ without questioning whether you're being "too serious about spiritual things".

  17. 5 out of 5

    Curtis Yee

    Finally got around to reading this and really enjoyed it. It essentially serves as a stern talking to from Ryle to anyone younger than him. It’s a good talking to, I’d argue an often necessary one, but his direct, sometimes gruff, no nonsense tone can be a bit overbearing and I’m concerned that an overemphasis of this “be killing sin or sin will be killing you” rhetoric (though true in essence) lacks a deeper nuance and is the reason the reformed camp has so often gained a reputation for Finally got around to reading this and really enjoyed it. It essentially serves as a stern talking to from Ryle to anyone younger than him. It’s a good talking to, I’d argue an often necessary one, but his direct, sometimes gruff, no nonsense tone can be a bit overbearing and I’m concerned that an overemphasis of this “be killing sin or sin will be killing you” rhetoric (though true in essence) lacks a deeper nuance and is the reason the reformed camp has so often gained a reputation for harshness.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mitchell Dixon

    A convicting book that gives hope to young men. I think this book is going to be incredibly helpful for young men. It is going to be convicting, which is exactly why it will be helpful. It gives practical and useful instruction on the Christian life and how to turn from sin to God. J.C. Ryle sakes of young men not to wait for later in life to follow God, but to begin the habits now and let them build like a house, brick by brick, over a lifetime.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Souza

    This little book has been on my desk for months. It's not mine and I'm not even sure how it got there. But I was quickly drawn in by its potent simplicity. There are certainly points in the book in which it is clear that the author is a product of his age (aren't we all?!). But there is simultaneously something about the writing of this time period that we have lost in ours, and that 'something' stirred my affections in a surprising way.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Scott Tubman

    What a great book. Short, insightful,powerful yet carefully nuanced. Ryle makes points with a punch yet you also see the pastors heart. Althought its context was 120 years ago, its so contemporary. I want every 18-25yr old guy I know to read this.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Ventura

    This book is short enough to be read in an hour but is worth pondering for much longer. Ryle talks like a 19th century Mark Driscoll in his prime: straight talk, no chaser, direct and confrontational, which is what young men often need. Highly recommend for young men of all ages.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jared Mcnabb

    Great practical exhortation and encouragement for men of all ages. Ryle’s earnestness bleeds through the pages.

  23. 4 out of 5

    David Haines

    Great godly encouragement for young men. This should be read by all young men before they become a "teenager", and again before they head off to college or university.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jon Jester

    A must read for guys. Ryle points us to the hope in Christ and reminds us of the folly in waiting to follow God and the dangers of sin.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Grindberg

    So many valuable nuggets packed into this little book! I will return to this book again

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Sims

    This is the passionate coach pleading with his team, but this time with the most important message. Pastor Ryle exhorts young men, but really all of us, to live a life that counts by devoting their lives to following God.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    A Call to Swim Upstream J. C. Ryle rarely disappoints and his Thoughts for Young Men is no exception. This book is easy to read but hard to apply. It calls young men to swim upstream against the tsunami of worldliness that has engulfed not only our culture but many of our churches. Mind you, Ryle wrote this in the 1800s but it is as timely as today’s tweets! God’s wisdom is timeless and Ryle is imparting godly wisdom that young men need now more than ever. To be sure there are some outdated A Call to Swim Upstream J. C. Ryle rarely disappoints and his Thoughts for Young Men is no exception. This book is easy to read but hard to apply. It calls young men to swim upstream against the tsunami of worldliness that has engulfed not only our culture but many of our churches. Mind you, Ryle wrote this in the 1800s but it is as timely as today’s tweets! God’s wisdom is timeless and Ryle is imparting godly wisdom that young men need now more than ever. To be sure there are some outdated points of application at times but these are easily overlooked in light of the wealth of timeless principles and biblical exhortations. Are you a father or parent of a young man? Get this little booklet and read it slowly with your son. Talk through the exhortations and admonitions. Share your own foolish decisions and regrets as a young person. Pray together as you sit together under Ryle’s wise counsel. There are good reasons why Thoughts for Young Men continues to be published more than a hundred years after it was first written. It stands in the same stream of wisdom that King Solomon imparted to his son in the Book of Proverbs. My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. - Proverbs 3:1-7 This book will help young men apply the wise counsel the Apostle Paul gave to young Timothy in the Pastoral Epistles. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. - 1 Timothy 4:12 Read this short bio on J. C. Ryle, who was described as “a man of granite with a heart of a child”! https://banneroftruth.org/us/about/ba...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Coleman

    A treatise I wholeheartedly recommend. Short and to the point, Ryle speaks from years of wisdom as both a man and pastor who has seen the physical and spiritual wages of sin and its particular effect on young men. He presents a different life from the pursuit of vanity and sensuality that we all too commonly pursue - a life of seeing and savoring God and His counsel. As many have noted, this book from the 19th century Anglican bishop feels as though it was written today; this reflects the A treatise I wholeheartedly recommend. Short and to the point, Ryle speaks from years of wisdom as both a man and pastor who has seen the physical and spiritual wages of sin and its particular effect on young men. He presents a different life from the pursuit of vanity and sensuality that we all too commonly pursue - a life of seeing and savoring God and His counsel. As many have noted, this book from the 19th century Anglican bishop feels as though it was written today; this reflects the timelessness of both the sin that so easily entangles young men and the glorious refuge, power, and salvation to be found in Christ. "Young men, God does not show favoritism or respects the honors bestowed by men. He rewards no man's heritage, or wealth, or rank, or position. He does not see with man's eyes. The poorest saint that ever died in a ghetto is nobler in His sight than the richest sinner that ever died in a palace."

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michael Locklear

    Ryle's "Thoughts For Young Men" is a short, yet, compelling book that warns every careless and godless young man of the doom that waits him in this life and the life to come. Though written over 100 years ago, Ryle's words are still greatly very relevant, offering practical and spiritual advice. I would encourage every pastor, youth leader and parent to give a copy of Ryle's book to the young men in their lives. And, if at all possible, to read through the book with them, stressing the Ryle's "Thoughts For Young Men" is a short, yet, compelling book that warns every careless and godless young man of the doom that waits him in this life and the life to come. Though written over 100 years ago, Ryle's words are still greatly very relevant, offering practical and spiritual advice. I would encourage every pastor, youth leader and parent to give a copy of Ryle's book to the young men in their lives. And, if at all possible, to read through the book with them, stressing the importance of heeding Ryle's counsel.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Corey

    Excellent and surprisingly timeless truth coming from a 19th century bishop. Was struck by how clear and lucid Ryle's advice was written. Most of it is very simple, but so very wise. Because it's short, I might re-read this one on occasion. Was personally challenged to live differently because of it.

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