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Thoughts for Young Men

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  1,093 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 95 pages
Published August 23rd 2007 by Calvary Press (first published 1886)
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Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone, absolutely everyone
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.
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 y
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 thre
Mark Donald
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommend this book.

Insightful, clear, helpful, and challenging. Not only for young men but everyone could benefit from Ryle's warnings and exhortations.
Josiah Brown
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book. This has made me really think more about how to serve God. I highly recommend it.
Jon Jester
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mark A Powell
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Timely, much-needed wisdom. Highly commended!
Koushik Das
If you're an atheist, then there's very little take-away for you from this book. However, there're some valuable advice irrespective of anything.
Douglas Wilson
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All young men should read this
Tyler Teschon
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short but dense with wisdom so chew slowly!
Can I give this six stars? A must read (and not just for young men).
Austin Fry
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short, packs a punch. Men need it!
Cristian Moscoso
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
This is one of those short books I wish I would have read 15 years ago. Although it is aimed at young men, I think most of the exhortations apply to all young men and women.
Jordan Mutamba
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every young man should read this book. It is, you would think, was written in the 21st century and is as relevant today as it was a hundred years ago.
Sean Crowe
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nevermind "Young Men," this is a must-read for every man, and every woman for that matter, who desires to live a more Christ-exalting, God-honouring, Bible-saturated life.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truth spoken in love.

This reads like a heartfelt, loving sermonette. It is specifically written for 'young men' and, while I agree with Ryle that certain aspects of his writing is aimed in particular at said audience, truly anyone could read this small book and gain wisdom from it. Ryle is articulate and pointed. He makes his points in a way that is convicting and winsome. I strongly recommend this book for young men, but also for anyone else who is serious about making strides in holiness and b
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great, thought provoking work. Convicting for young men but profitable to all I'm sure.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

THE GOOD: Short & simple. Points are concise. Easy enough to remember.

THE BAD: Can't find anything bad about this book. It packs a punch.

THE UGLY: This reads more like pamphlet. Something you would find someone handing out at the street corner.

I wrote these notes down for my own sake --

The following book is divided into the following chapters:

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Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is like a strong medicine for a young Christian.
Ryle makes no compromise in challenging young hearts
to follow holy virtues.
Wish I had read this when I was younger and given heed to it.
Recommend to read once or twice in a year by young people so
that they stay focussed.
One of the Quotes goes like this "Be wise in your youth. Write the
word ''poison" on all earthly pleasures. The most lawful of them
must be used in moderation. All of them are soul-destroying if
you give them your heart.
Jul 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-men
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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 timele
Deante Partee
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
This is a book that I believe I will continually find myself coming back to.
Kelli Christenberry
Ryle is straight forward and in great earnest in his writing and addresses to young men; he writes to those who are willing to hear wisdom and reason; he believes them capable of choosing wisely under the pressures of life and temptations thrown at them by a very deliberate enemy; he wants them not to be blind or unaware. It is serious and weighty most definitely. It is written in outline format and pretty scholastic and with older language and structure which makes it more formal and feel more ...more
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent "sermonette" on the dangers of youth, urging young men to pursue the Lord and live a godly life, despite the difficulties. Bishop J.C. Ryle's convicting exhortations should lead to soul-searching and Spirit-guided self-examination not only for young readers, but for middle-aged and old as well. Don't let your youth hinder your faith, and don't use it as an excuse not to pursue holiness. Know and fight your sin, know and love Christ, understand the importance of your soul, immerse yours ...more
Lawson Hembree
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology, top-5-2016
A poignant book for Christian men and women of all ages, but especially for young men. Writing with his trademark timelessness, Ryle's advice--or rather exhortation--is just as relevant today as it was when it was written. Ryle warns young men of common pitfalls and trends (like pride, an "invincibility" mindset, and a lack of seriousness) and challenges them to pursue holiness now by joining a church, praying, reading God's Word, and being mindful of life's brevity. He encourages young men to l ...more
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Ryle book I have read and it won't be the last. I thought this book would be something I could use for my four boys and it turns out, it is something I needed. The gentle, fatherly tone of the book spoke to my own heart about the need for humility and concern for my personal walk with Christ. Ryle reminds young men of the necessity of living in the present what you hope to be in the future. We tend to trivialize sin, and Ryle recommends waging war with all our might in our pers ...more
Richie Valdes
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology, nonfiction
As a man in my mid-30s reading this because I wanted to give it to some younger guys I know, I was repeatedly punched in the gut and convicted throughout this book. It spoke to me about a lot of things directly and spoke truth about my past sins of my youth with prophetic like detail and clarity. I want to buy a whole crate of these books and pass them out to every you man I know who is either young in age, young in the faith, or both. I can't recommend this book any more highly. One of the best ...more
Derrick Ochago
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its hard to believe that this book was written in the 1800's. It's so applicable. I can totally relate with the kind of men J.C Ryle is talking to. Those who love pleasure, don't take religion seriously, don't give thought to the state of their souls and are proud.
This small book came at the right time and left me thinking a lot about the kind of life I am living as a young Christian man.

I think every Christian of this age will benefit from this book. Boy or Man, Woman or Girl, Pastor, Priest.
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J. C. Ryle was a prominent writer, preacher, and Anglican clergyman in nineteenth-century Britain. He is the author of the classic Expository Thoughts on the Gospels and retired as the bishop of Liverpool.
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“Young men, I beseech you earnestly, beware of pride. Two things are said to be very rare sights in the world— one is a young man that is humble, and the other is an old man that is content. I fear that this is only too true.” 5 likes
“Tomorrow is the devil's day, but today is God's. Satan does not care how spiritual your intentions are, or how holy your resolutions, if only they are determined to be done tomorrow.” 3 likes
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