Thoughts for Young Men

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J. C. Ryle

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THE CHRISTIAN HERITAGE SERIES: The authors in the Christian Heritage Series paid a high price for the words you see before you. Not all paid with blood, but each spent his life fighting for the truth. This faithful sacrifice has become a rich inheritance for the Church in our day, even though it is often neglected. The Christian Heritage Series aims to put these important theological classics on every Christian’s bookshelf in colorful, well-crafted, and affordable volumes, with introductions written by those that love the books and their heritage.


INTRODUCTION: Michael Foster

PAGE COUNT: 72 pages

SIZE: 5.5x8.5"

BINDING: Paperback

ISBN-10: 1947644564

ISBN-13: 9781947644564

PUB. DATE: April 21, 2020

“[Ryle] was a beast. His sturdy frame stood well over six foot. He was an accomplished oarsman and co-captain of a cricket team. And he wasn’t just athletically disciplined—he excelled in academics, always near the top of his class. His physical and intellectual prowess is all the more impressive when you consider that he came from a wealthy family. He could have chosen to live as a mollycoddled rich boy, but instead he pursued a life of rigor. Ryle was tough by choice. Ministry wasn’t a way for him to escape manliness, but rather to exercise it.” ~from Michael Foster’s Introduction

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Solomon says that the glory of young men is their strength (Prov. 20:29). Young men have so much to give the Church, but sadly the modern Church has taught them nothing about how to exercise their strength in a godly way.

This book by 19th century pastor J.C. Ryle is short, but gives young men what they need: straight talk about being a Christian man.

Ryle does not mince words when describing the temptations to pride, lust, laziness, and more. The devil is like a roaring lion who wants to devour young men, and the only way to defeat him is to fight sin and be like Jesus.

This classic is a powerful reminder from a wise man about how to be strong in the Lord and to give no opportunity to the devil. Read it and go, fight, win.

“Young men, this enemy is working hard for your destruction, however little you may think it. You are the prize for which he is specially contending for. He foresees you must either be the blessings or the curses of your day, and he is trying hard to effect a place in your hearts early in your life, in order that you may help advance his kingdom each day.… Whether you will hear or not, I cannot, dare not, leave you alone.” ~ J.C. Ryle

Customer Reviews

Based on 27 reviews
Carson W.
Infinitely Relevant

Ryle’s admonitions and exhortations for the young men of the church do not age. They are well worth considering and returning to again and again.

Patricia W.
Thoughts for Young Men

As an 80 year old woman who is giving this book to her granddaughter's boyfriend, I would say the book is relevant and just what he needs to hear. Other than a few errors in the printing process, I highly recommend this book.

Matthew B.

Thoughts for Young Men

Steven B.
Timeless Wisdom

J.C. Ryle may have lived in the 1800s but this is almost all of the biblical wisdom you could compile and give to yourself in your teen years if you could and hope that you would heed and obey. Absolutely timeless wisdom to a young man (or a new believing man) from a more seasoned man.

James C.
A Solid Resource for Discipling Young Men

I've used this book several times to disciple fathers and sons at our classical Christian school. Its practical and hard-hitting advise is beneficial for boys and men alike.

Jesse F.
Wisdom From The Past

A short and sweet message from Ryle with timeless wisdom for young men of any generation. It is fun to see how the young men of his 19th century were the precursors to those of today. May God save His people.


Clear, to the point, and extremely relevant to men of any age. I highly recommend reading it with another man or group of men.


I bought this to give out to some young men at church. Lots of scripture. Very good exhortations.

Judah c.
Straight to the point and full of meat, I loved it

It was short but so full, straight to the point, and communicated very well. It will be one of the first works I recommend on the subject.

Tyler S.
Straight to the point

The book is a short read, which I contribute to the Author not wasting words. J.C. Ryle lays out sever specific topics we wants to address with Young Men, and then proceeds to offer it with no fluff. I enjoyed the book, nothing new - but plenty to be reminded of. Also the conviction of why have I applied so little of the "common" knowledge he presented.

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