Holiness by J. C. Ryle

Ryle lived and wrote in the nineteenth century, and it could truly be said that they don’t write ’em like this any more. I could not imagine reading a book like this by a modern day Christian author, and I say that with sorrow. Ryle’s style is perhaps a little bit dated, but he communicates so well that any average reader will be able to comprehend him with great profit.

The subject is the holiness of God’s people. Twenty-one chapters on subjects that vary from biblical characters to sin, sanctification and the “unsearchable riches of Christ,” are to be found. Someone asked me recently to recommend a devotional book. Not much of a fan of such reading, and having not yet read Holiness, I had little to offer. But this would be an excellent supplement to our Bible reading and far superior to “devotionals” I have encountered.

The reader will not swallow everything that Ryle is serving but this is good meaty reading. I highly encourage it be on the menu of those wanting a closer walk with Christ.