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Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots is perhaps J. C. Ryle’s best-known and, arguably, best-loved book. Although many things have changed since 1877, when this book was first published, one thing remains the same: ‘real practical holiness does not receive the attention it deserves.’ It was to remedy this attention deficit, and to counter false teaching on this most important subject, that Ryle took up his pen.

The twenty-one chapters in this enlarged edition highlight:

  • the real nature of holiness
  • the temptations and difficulties which all must expect who pursue it
  • the life-transforming truth that union with Christ is the root of holiness
  • the immense encouragement Jesus Christ holds out to all who strive to be holy.

Holiness, as with all of Ryle’s works, is clear and concise, penetrating and practical.

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Table of Contents:

1 Sin 1
2 Sanctification 21
3 Holiness 47
4 The Fight 71
5 The Cost 93
6 Growth 113
7 ‘Assurance’ 135
8 Moses—An Example 181
9 Lot—A Beacon 201
10 A Woman to be Remembered 219
11 Christ’s Greatest Trophy 243
12 The Ruler of the Waves 261
13 The Church which Christ Builds 287
14 Visible Churches Warned 305
15 ‘Lovest Thou Me?’ 321
16 Without Christ 339
17 Thirst Relieved 351
18 ‘Unsearchable Riches’ 375
19 Wants of the Times 391
20 ‘Christ Is All’ 415
21 Extracts from Old Writers 439

About the Author

J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) was appointed the first Bishop of Liverpool in 1880 and was the leader of the Evangelical party in the Church of England for more than half a century. He is highly regarded for his plain and lively writings on practical and spiritual themes, and their usefulness and impact have been consistently recognized and remain as wise and relevant today as when he first wrote them.


"…this book is simply the best of Ryle the Puritan-type pastor. Real Christians will find it a gold mine, a feast, a spur and a heart-warmer, food, drink, medicine, and a course of vitamins, all in one." - J.I. PACKER