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Faithfulness and Holiness: The Witness of J.C. Ryle [Hardcover]

By J. I. Packer (Author)
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He came to faith the year Queen Victoria ascended the throne, yet his vivid and vigorous message remains as relevant today as ever. In the first half of this book, Packer surveys the life and work of the great English evangelical leader John Charles Ryle. A reprint of Ryle's 1877 classic, Holiness, completes the work

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Studio: Crossway Books
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.33" Width: 6.33" Height: 0.92"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2002
Publisher   Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN  1581343582  
ISBN13  9781581343588  

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J. I. Packer

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.

J. I. Packer currently resides in Vancouver, BC.

J. I. Packer has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christian Basics Bible Studies
  2. Crossway Classic Commentaries
  3. Knowing the Bible
  4. Lifeguide Bible Studies
  5. Master Reference Collection
  6. Moody Classics
  7. One Minute Bible
  8. Shorter Writings of J. I. Packer
  9. Theology of Lordship
  10. Through the Year Devotionals
  11. Treasures of John Owen for Today's Readers

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Combo On Packer's Review and Ryle's Holiness  Oct 13, 2007
Dr Packer emits an appreciative Yay! to the man and Puritan bishop, JC Ryle.
Cast in the same mould as the Puritans before him, and true to their way of life and biblical soundness, Ryle gave nothing to compromise and asked nothing of modern criticism, he sought only to see Christ glorified - even in his battles with opposing Christian views in the rise of Liberalism.

Ryle was cast in the same mould as that of another Victorian Puritan, Charles Spurgeon, and Packer is brief, but shares their healthy respect, one for the other. This godly man suffered because of his preaching of uncompromising truth, and as Spurgeon, as contemporaries, they were ousted by their own denominational leadership, who gave sway to higher criticism.

So Ryle's life is one of personal trials and professional testing, yet always remaining true to his convictions. He readily refers to the Puritans and their works, way of life and doctrinal standards, as those he clearly espouses and refuses to do away with.

The second portion is the well-known book, Holiness, which he published in 1877. It is a modern classic.

This is a favorite read. No too theological, yet inspiring of great good that can be achieved in the hands of a great God.

'To hear some men talk, and read some men's writings, one might imagine that our blessed Lord, when He was on earth, never taught anything but doctrine! The slightest knowledge of the four Gospels ought to tell us that this is a complete mistake.' pg 131

'In justification our own works have no place at all, and simple faith in Christ is the one thing needful. In sanctification, our own works are of vast importance, and God bids us fight, watch and pray, and strive, and take pains, and labour. Justification admits of no growth or increase... sanctification is an imperfect work, and will never be perfected until we reach heaven.' pg 134
Persevering against the Odds  Mar 6, 2003
"I only know it is far easier to be a Christian among singing, praying, sympathizing Christians in a public room, than to be a consistent Christian in a quiet, retired, out-of-the-way, uncongenial home."
As the other reviewers have said, this is an appreciation and should be read sa such. Appreciation or no, Packer reaveals the facts and this makes Ryle enjoyable to read about. Ryle was a man among men in his day and would be a demi-god among men in our day, with so little doctrinal preaching in our midst. What caught me about Ryle was that he was widowed twice and he outlived his third wife, and yet still proclaimed the Word of God.
To be honest, his book holiness is not easy to read. BUt as John Piper said, "Raking is easy, but all you get is leaves. Digging is hard, but you might find diamonds." Ryle stands in the old Puritan tradition. Maybe tough to read, but extremely edifying to the saints when read. His view on Holiness stands in direct contrast with the view of Finney. But that is okay because the Bible stands in direct contrast with Finney. THis book should be read by all denominations: Anglican/Episcopal so that they may appreciate one of their own. Baptists, becasue he preaches like one. Charismatics--so that they might be rescued from their erring ways.
This is a good introduction to Ryle's life and hopefully will accomplish the task that Packer hopes, that one may read more of Ryle, along with the other puritans.
Ryle challenges you to be holy, Packer does a little less  Feb 13, 2003
This is a beautifully produced book, with contents that really deserve to be read, Packer should be commended for re-presenting it to a readership it may not otherwise have received. Packer's has written a semi-autobiographical long introduction (longer than Ryle's text, hence the title of the book I guess) to the first (considerably shorter than the second) edition of JC Ryle's classic 'Holiness'.
The first half or so is a large number of short chapters by Packer, appreciating JC Ryle, his life, work, theology etc. You get a good feel of the man who was an amazing Christian, who stood firm for truth, and truly believed in the Church of England despite it's massive faults and so didn't take the easy way out but stayed to do great good. Although his life wasn't the most exciting story (no dramatic conversion, no physical persecution) I found this made him easier to see in my reality, although he was definitely a Victorian. This means that Packer's 'appreciation' isn't as riveting as it otherwise would be, and the fact that Packer does nothing other than 'appreciate' makes it a little unbalanced a look at the man. It was great to see his concern at the number of nominal Christians in the church with no concern for personal holiness, and that really hit home because although this is not quite as big an issue in the UK now as it was then, it is still common. Ryle pleads for these people to change, and for us Christians not to become like them.
Holiness, the actual book, is wonderful, and really outshines Packer's contribution (I think). Packer choose the much shorter first edition because it was more coherent, not as much of a random collection of essays like the more common second edition, and I think he made the right decision considering the purposes of this book.

The book is basically an exploration of the titles/topics of the chapters (Sin, Sanctification, Holiness, the Fight, the Cost, and Growth), which are all relatively self-contained, although, as Packer notes, the flow of thought is obvious.
Ryle does spend quite a bit of time in the book refuting and explaining the consequences of a error about sanctification prevalent in his day, though not so much now, but it is not much of a distraction and in fact challenges us to think of our responses to similar problems today.
Ryle's writing confronts you with your life, and I don't think you will be left unchanged, and so I cannot fail to commend this book to you. The language is not hard, only a hundred years old, and style has not changed that much, and the different context in which it is wrote does not distance you too much from the points he makes.
This book is well worth buying, and reading, especially at this incredibly [low] price.

A superbly presented tribute to Bishop John Charles Ryle  Jun 5, 2002
Faithfulness And Holiness: The Witness Of J. C. Ryle by J. I. Packer (Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is a superbly presented tribute to Bishop John Charles Ryle, a man who challenged his parishoners to seek greater holiness. Bishop Ryle's own testimony "Holiness," first published in 1877, is included in its entirety within the pages of Faithfulness And Holiness. A profound reflection upon Ryle's life, ideals, work, and legacy is a powerful and moving work of faith and joy, Faithfulness And Holiness is very highly recommended for Christian Studies reading lists and reference collections.

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