J.C. Ryle had three goals when writing his Expository Thoughts books: that they be used in family Bible study, a teaching tool for those visiting the sick or poor, or as a companion for private Bible study. They have achieved a higher end to those humble aspirations, and the Expository Thoughts on Mark is a great example. Ryle’s helpful commentary on the Gospel of Mark is filled with wonderful insight and practical observations.
J.C. Ryle (1816–1900) was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, where he was a Craven Scholar. He was ordained in 1841, and became the first bishop of Liverpool in 1880. Ryle was a prolific writer his entire life, publishing dozens of bestsellers that were translated into many languages.