Probably one of the greatest books I’ve read in 2011 was “Thought’s for Young Men” by JC Ryle.
This book, written in the 19th Century was written for young Christian guys aged 14 till 40 (at least that’s the age bracket i recommend it for).
You might be thinking, 19th century? A little outdated? … NO, actually, its sense of antiquity is what gives it it’s beauty. The reality that christian men are lacking in the church was a reality not only of this century but of the many past centuries. This book is one of the most practical and relevant book’s I’ve read on this subject, and it’s one I recommend to every young man who has even an inkling of a desire to serve God. I mean serve God in the general sense, aka, being a Christian, living Christianly if i can invent a word.
I was so intrigued by the book that i read it in 3 days, Ryle has a way of communicating that is clear, succinct, to the point, and most importantly; very honest. He has a way of invoking urgency that is well needed for today’s young men.
“What young men will be, in all probability depends on what they are now, and they seem to forget this.”
If you’re a guy, and you’re a christian, get this book. You won’t regret it. You may not be into reading, not many are, but maybe you need to get your hands on the right book, and I recommend this one to start you off.
Laziness is your worst enemy. I don’t want to take up Ryle’s excellence, but to reiterate his words,
“don’t think that you can live with Esau, and then die with Jacob. It is a mockery to deal with God and your souls in such a fashion. It is an awful mockery to suppose you can give the flower of your strength to the world and the devil, and then put off the King of kings with the scraps and remains of your hearts, the wreck and remnant of your powers.”
Enjoy a gem,