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.
Hardcover, 480 pages
Original Publication Date: 1877
Table of Contents
4. The Fight
5. The Cost
8. Moses—An Example
9. Lot—A Beacon
10. A Woman to be Remembered
11. Christ’s Greatest Trophy
12. The Ruler of the Waves
13. The Church which Christ Builds
14. Visible Churches Warned
15. ‘Lovest Thou Me?’
16. Without Christ
17. Thirst Relieved
18. ‘Unsearchable Riches’
19. Wants of the Times
20. ‘Christ Is All’
21. Extracts from Old Writers
‘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
In 1837, John Charles Ryle was an outstanding athlete, excelling in cricket and rowing. But, when he became ill with a serious infection, he turned to his long-forgotten Bible and prayed. Then, one Sunday at church, he felt as though God was speaking to him, emphasizing the message that people are saved by grace through faith, which is a gift from God. Ryle ultimately entered the ministry in the Church of England, while also publishing popular tracts and books from a Biblical standpoint. J.C. Ryle’s Holiness is perhaps his best known book, describing the nature of holiness and the challenges of temptation, while Call to Prayer shares with readers the privileges of private prayer. J.C. Ryle’s Thoughts for Young Men offers up what one reviewer calls “true Puritan theology,” while Agency That Transformed a Nation shares timeless lessons gleaned from the 18-century Great Awakening.