The Upper Room is a collection of sermons, addresses, lectures, and tracts that Ryle composed over forty-five years of ministry. “All of them, I venture humbly to think, will be found to contain some useful truths for the times, and words in season,” he writes in the Preface. Over one hundred years later, these selected papers are just as relevant and inspirational as the years they were written.
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.