Item description for Balancing the Christian Life by Charles C. Ryrie...
Overview For 25 years, people have looked to this book--which focuses on the Bible as the one, true guide to spirituality--for guidelines to genuine and wholesome living. In this special 25th anniversary edition, Moody Press commemorates the author and his contributions to the Christian community.
Genuine and wholesome spirituality is the goal of all Christian living. It sounds so simple, doesn't it? Perhaps the principle may be, but living by the principle is another matter altogether. In "Balancing the Christian Life," Charles Ryrie reminds you that "the Bible must be the guide and test for all our experiences in the spiritual life ...and if any experience fails to pass that test, it must be discarded." He warns that "an unbalanced application of the doctrines related to spirituality will result in an unbalanced Christian life."
Ryrie examines numerous key issues of spirituality, including:
The old and the new life
Using your gifts
Wiles of the Devil
For more than 40 years, "Balancing the Christian Life "has been changing lives worldwide. Take time to read this classic study--and allow it to change yours.
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Studio: Moody Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.62" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1995
Publisher MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
Edition Student/Stdy Gde
ISBN 0802408877 ISBN13 9780802408877
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More About Charles C. Ryrie
CHARLES C. RYRIE (A.B., Haverford College; Th.M. and Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Edinburgh; Litt.D., Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary) was a renowned author and scholar. He wrote numerous books, including The Ryrie Study Bible, Basic Theology, Balancing the Christian Life, The Holy Spirit, Dispensationalism Today, Revelation, Survey of Bible Doctrine, and So Great Salvation, which rank among his best-selling titles.
Charles C. Ryrie currently resides in Dallas.
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Balancing the Christian Life: A Reaction Feb 18, 2006
The following is a paper that I wrote for a class after reading "Balancing the Christian Life." I do not recommend using my reaction for your own class paper...
I find myself having a difficult time explaining my reaction to Charles Ryrie's book, Balancing the Christian Life. As I read the book, I seemed to be looking at things from more of a writer's viewpoint than from that of a reader. There were many things that I would have approached differently if I had written this book myself. For instance, although the book is only two hundred pages long, he could have made his main points much more concisely. The fact that the final chapter of the book was actually a condensed summary of the first seventeen chapters suggests that perhaps Ryrie himself saw that less could have been more. Paradoxically, although he could have written on his chosen topics more succinctly, it felt as though he were trying to cover too much ground in one book. As an introduction to various aspects of Christian living, I found myself being lost by the lack of transitional flow from one chapter to the next. This was especially true of the final two parts of the book. It felt as though he were jumping from topic to topic without regard for whether or not the reader would be able to make the transition of thought with him.
One of the major sticking points that I had with Ryrie's writing was his choice of analogies at certain points in the book. The most questionable of these was when he likened the process of sanctification to a little girl slobbering all over a lollipop so that her best friend will no longer be interested in eating it herself. I actually had to stop and read that section again to make sure that I had read it correctly. Melding the idea of sanctification with a picture of the human digestive system was not something that I ever would have thought of doing myself, and I rather wish Ryrie hadn't thought of it either. I have the feeling that it might take me a long time to come up with a better analogy for sanctification, but I must, if only to finally eject from my head the awful mental picture of God slobbering all over me and digesting me so that no one else will find me appealing.
However, another illustration that, while unorthodox, really drove home what Ryrie was trying to get across was the idea of praying without ceasing as being like a hacking cough. Many people think of praying ceaselessly as an impossible task. However, Ryrie points out that as a hacking cough when present in your throat is not actually making you cough ceaselessly, likewise prayer is a condition that should always be at the ready, though not necessarily always in motion. This will come as a new entryway to the concept of prayer for many people, myself included, and that is a welcome relief. If not for his unique way of analogizing prayer, I may never have seen ceaseless prayer as a doable concept.
Aside from the unique analogies that Ryrie used, there were a few other nuggets from the writing that I plan to tuck away for future reference, as well. For instance, Ryrie's discussion of how the issue of tithing was usually brought up with a negative connotation in the New Testament is a teaching that needs to be heard more today. There are a lot of people who are living in difficult financial circumstances, for whom being taught that your willingness and faithfulness in giving is more important than the amount you are giving would lift a tremendous burden off of their shoulders.
Also, Ryrie's delineation between the baptism of the Spirit and the filling of the Spirit is another key issue that I believe more people need to hear about. Having personally experienced the charismatic church's pressure to "be baptized in the power of the Spirit by speaking in tongues," I wish that I had known enough then to bring up the issue with the clarity that Ryrie writes about it here. It also would have saved me from burbling like an idiot just to make the gentleman happy.
In conclusion, while Balancing the Christian Life would not rank on my personal list of "must read" books, there was nothing in it that would cause me to dissuade someone from reading it. While I will keep my eyes open for a book that I might recommend more heartily, it is a decent enough guide to living the Christian life for starters.
Spiritual Disciplines for Christian Living Sep 26, 2001
A biblically based look at spirituality, which the author defines as the goal of all Christian living. The book looks at some basic biblical concepts, personal responsiblities, and practical issues affecting Christians today. The study guide in the 25th Anniversary edition really complements the text by providing an opportunity to evaluate your own spiritual life topic by topic. It even allows room for those who might disagree with some of Dr. Ryrie's conclusions to develop a scriptural rationale for their positions.
Also recommended: Knowing God, J.I. Packer So Great Salvation, C. Ryrie True Spirituality, Francis Schaeffer
well balanced Dec 7, 1999
Dr. Ryrie, a careful, seasoned theologian, was written this book in a warm, personable, devotional style that lends itself well to readers who are being introduced to theological study. I have found his chapters "Money and the Love of God"(8), and "Temptation"(13) to be particularly helpful to the 15-25 crowd. His chapter on dedication (7) has been useful to a wide range of readers. When looking for follow-up/supplimentary discipleship material, this book has frequently scratched where this pastor has itched. I would happily recommend this resource.