J. C. Ryle's concern in the 19th century that many Christians are concerned with "politics, or controversy, or party spirit, or worldliness" instead of godliness is just as relevant today-if not more so. Ryle shows that truly encountering the free grace of God will compel us to fight for growth in personal holiness. This abridged version will make Ryle's classic work even more accessible to a wider audience.
Gavin Ortlund, Research Fellow, Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois
It gives me great joy to commend this rewritten and abridged version of Ryle's writing on this subject for a new generation of readers. It will inform your mind, warm your heart and strengthen your will, knowing that God's promised Holy Spirit continues to empower the saints for service to their King.
Glenn N. Davies, Archbishop of Sydney, Anglican Diocese of Sydney
Bishops Ryle's exhortations on the lifelong pursuit of holiness are some of the best ever written. He overflows with a burning love for Christ and desire to grow more and more in Christlikeness, while facing up to the stark realities of the seriousness of sin. Thoroughly biblical and practically applied, none can read Ryle without being shaken from their spiritual slumber.