Felt by many to be his masterwork, J. C. Ryle’s Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots is a timeless classic on what it means to be a Christian. First exploring the nature of sin, sanctification, and holiness, Ryle then draws examples from the Scriptures to argue that professing one’s faith isn’t merely enough to live the true Christian life. Written with Ryle’s customary straight-shooting verve and packed with biblical insight, Holiness has been impacting Christian lives for over a century.
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.