Thoughts for Young Men by J.C. Ryle

Thoughts for Young Men
by J.C. Ryle

Point: Young men have the incredible opportunity to seize or squander their future. This is completely dependent upon one’s relationship with God.
Path: Ryle provides four chapters followed by a conclusion.
  1. Reasons for Exhorting Young Men
  2. Dangers of Young Men
  3. General Counsels to Young Men
  4. Special Rules for Young Men
In each of these chapters he gives several observations or exhortations to the reader. 
Sources: Ryle, an Anglican Bishop in England in the 19th century, bases his plea upon the Scriptures. He appeals to both New Testament exhortations and Old Testament examples, quotations, and lessons.
Agreement: Though written in the 19th century, Ryle’s challenge rings true today for young men in the 21st century. His appeal to the Gospel, fight with sin, necessity of the local church, and seriousness of eternity are rooted firmly in Scripture.
Personal App: Young men must wake up. “The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” (Romans 13:12-14)
Favorite Quote: “He must look on his heart as a barrel of gunpowder, and be cautious not to handle one spark of temptation more than he can help.”
Stars: 5 out of 5
It would be worth another read and I would recommend it.

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