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J.C. Ryle
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  • '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

    Publisher: Banner of Truth (December 12, 2014)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 1848715064

    ISBN-13: 978-1848715066

    Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 1.4 inches

    Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds

  • '...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

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  • Author's Preface

    1. Sin
    2. Sanctification
    3. Holiness
    4. The Fight
    5. The Cost
    6. Growth
    7. 'Assurance'
    8. Moses - An Example
    9. Lot - A Beacon
    10. A Woman to be Remembered
    11. Christ's Greatest Trophy
    12. The Rules 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

About the Author

J.C. Ryle

John Charles Ryle (1816-1900) began his service to the Lord as a minister of the Gospel, He labored in parish churches within the Church of England for almost forty years. He then became Bishop of Liverpool in 1880 and came to international prominence as a preacher, Bible expositor, and author.  Today he is best known for his plain and lively writings on practical and spiritual themes. He deliberately used this style to reach ordinary people.  The great aim of his ministry was to encourage strong and serious Christian living.
His tracts and books sold in the millions in the late 1800s. Many of these have been republished in modern times.
Ryle's successor as Bishop of Liverpool commented, "The words of such a man acquire new force as we read them.  Ryle lived near God, and God lived through him."