Monday, October 6, 2008

J.C. Ryle on books

"Of making many books there seems no end, though few of them are really profitable. There seems a rage for cheap printing and publishing. Newspapers of every sort abound, and the tone of some, which have the widest circulation, speaks badly of the taste of the age. Amidst the flood of dangerous reading, I plead for my Master's book. I call upon you not to forget the book of the soul. Let not newspapers, novels and romances be read, while the prophets and Apostles lie despised. Let not the exciting and lustful swallow up your attention, while the edifying and the sanctifying can find no place in your mind.

...give the Bible the honor due to it every day you live. Whatever you read, read that first. And beware of bad books: there are plenty in this day. Take heed what you read. I suspect there is more harm done to souls in this way than most people have an idea is possible. Value all books in proportion as they are agreeable to Scripture. Those that are nearest to it are the best, and those that are the farthest from it, and most contrary to it, the worst." - J.C. Ryle Thoughts for Young Men
"Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You." - Psalm 119:11
"When you roam, they will lead you; when you sleep, they will keep you; and when you awake, they will speak with you." - Proverbs 6:22

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