Official Review: Thoughts for Young Men by J. C. Ryle

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Official Review: Thoughts for Young Men by J. C. Ryle

Post by EmunahAn » 12 Mar 2018, 02:34

[Following is an official review of "Thoughts for Young Men" by J. C. Ryle.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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“He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm" (Proverbs 13:20). The words of J. C. Ryle in the book, Thoughts for Young Men are full of wisdom and whoever chooses to follow and walk by them is bound to become wise. They are inspiring, surprisingly practical and thought-provoking, simply put, they are life-changing.

J. C. Ryle starts the book with an appeal to young men not to fall prey to the pleasures of this world but to stand firm in their faith, courageous and undeterred in their pursuit for true holiness. In the first chapter, he gives his reasons for encouraging and urging young men to pursue Christ. In later chapters, he explains clearly the dangers that beset young men, giving them counsel and pivotal rules that will help in their walk of faith.

Even though J. C. Ryle’s message in Thoughts for Young Men was conveyed many years ago, it is refreshingly applicable to today’s generation. In fact, it is actually so well suited for young people today you would think it was written in our current times. The theme of the book was so well put together; I could not help but imagine hearing the words from Ryle himself. His warm, wise and fatherly personality radiates from the book’s pages; it is obvious that seeing young men grow and mature in Christ was important to him.

I found Ryle’s message to be also honest and candid. He avoids flattery at all costs and says it like it is. I liked his honesty and remarkable wisdom which he voiced in a very straight-forward way. He further backs his words with Biblical scriptures which adds to the depth of the message he conveys.

Another great aspect of the book Thoughts for Young Men were the questions following after each chapter. They helped me reflect on what was contained in every chapter and also aided in my application of the content in my everyday life. Additionally, I found them to be a great self-examination tool. The cover was also creative and attractive. Additionally, the book was well-edited and skillfully organized. On grammar, I identified only one grammatical error. Given all the great features of this book, I rate it 4 out of 4 stars.

It is, by all means, a must-read for all men who are after God’s own heart. The book contains words of life founded on Scriptures from the Bible. The reader will not read Thoughts for Young Men by J. C. Ryle and remain the same.

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Post by kandscreeley » 12 Mar 2018, 19:34

Once again, I love that there are questions for reflection here. It sounds like a worthy book. If I had boys, I would have them read it. Thanks for the review!
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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 12 Mar 2018, 22:27

“He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm" could not agree more! Regardless boys, this book has something for everyone. Very thought-provoking! Love to read it if I ever get a chance! Thank you for sharing this book and giving a great picture about it through your review.
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Post by KitabuKitamu » 13 Mar 2018, 13:43

This is one book I think I should find, great review.

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Post by Mercy Bolo » 14 Mar 2018, 08:15

Because a lot of spiritual and inspirational books tend to be geared towards women, it's refreshing that this one speaks directly to men, especially young men, who often fall prey to worldly vices.
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Post by lees » 14 Mar 2018, 19:29

Allow me give this scriptional writting a four out of four star becouse one,its irrasional for reconcilliation for not only young ones but worthy every living soul on earth,its holistic,directional,guinding,counciling and owesome.

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Post by Smokey-383 » 14 Mar 2018, 22:12

Thanks for a wonderful review. While this is not a book I would have sought out, after reading your review I think I would like it as a gift for some of the young men in my family.

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Post by Damisparkles » 15 Mar 2018, 17:37

Yes, true. The meditation questions added especially after book chapters, makes motivational and life model books easily applicable to personal growth. Thanks for mentioning it in your review.

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Post by NL Hartje » 16 Mar 2018, 16:35

Having a son, this idea calls to me. Thank you for this review. I might tuck this one away to use in about five years. :shock2:
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Post by Jkhorner » 19 Mar 2018, 07:50

This is so interesting! J. C. Ryle died over 100 years ago, yet his words still apply today. I would be very interested in adding this book to my collection!

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Post by SABRADLEY » 21 Mar 2018, 13:31

I think it will be easier for young men to relate to this book (as opposed to done others in the same genre) since the material is crafted toward them specifically. Young men get inundated with bad influences from a very early and and hopefully this book would provide strength and courage to walk an upright path. Great review.

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Post by Isaac01 » 26 Mar 2018, 02:21

J. C Ryle book 'thought for young men' is a must read for every male youth and I will be tempted to recommend it to female also because of the dept of wisdom indebted in it. Ryle's passion for holiness has make him an outstanding Christian author.

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Post by scottlapierre » 27 Mar 2018, 12:11

Thank you for this review. I'm glad to see people are still reading (and reviewing) J.C. Ryle's work(s). I appreciate your heart for writing to be founded on God's Word.

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Post by Tobidiamond » 02 Apr 2018, 07:58

Great book...I would need to read this..great reviews. Ancient words to modern young men..ageless gems.

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Post by Eileen R » 12 Apr 2018, 08:33

Thanks for the review. I think that this book is quite enlightening especially for men. If I had a brother, I would recommend it to him.

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