The Wanderer

"As I walked through the wilderness of this world . . ."

Ryle’s writings

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This morning I received a packet of books in the post. I wish to recommend them.

The Banner of Truth has finally succumbed to the pressure/made a wise decision on their own initiative and produced a reset, hardbound edition of J. C. Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospel. Now, I admit that there’s one font used – sparingly – that I would probably not have chosen, but this is a cracking set of volumes. No longer will your paperback copies start to unbind after a couple of readings; no longer will the spines crack when you try to hold them open on your desk; no longer will you strain your eyes to read the often fainter text of other hardbound editions.

These are beautiful to behold, excellent in their quality, and outstanding in their substance. Although the later volumes in the series have more in the way of exegetical notes, to none of these books will the technical exegete turn in order to find his exhaustive and exhausting way. There will be times when the good Bishop’s Anglicanism will skew his interpretations, and others at which his Amyraldism raises its head, but these are relatively easily negotiated. What you will get, by and large, are pastorally sound, eminently practical, thoroughly Christ-centred, happily straightforward expository thoughts, ideal for private or family worship, stimulating for preachers, instructive for pastors, models of earnest simplicity.

In short, then, this is a set which could and perhaps should replace any other more modern edition (and many older editions) of Ryle’s Expository Thoughts. What is more, the seven volumes are currently being sold for £45 (or $65) , reduced to £15 ($25) for ministers. In other words, there is no better time to bag these puppies.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Wednesday 15 August 2012 at 12:56

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  1. Having already a hardback set from Baker the question is – is it morally right to take advantage of Banner’s offer!?!

    Or does my poor eyesight qualify me?

    :-)

    Mark Loughridge

    Wednesday 15 August 2012 at 13:18

    • Unequivocally exonerated, my son. You will not regret it.

      Jeremy Walker

      Wednesday 15 August 2012 at 13:33

    • Mark, re-orientate your moral compass by giving the Baker set away to a young person.

      JP Wallace

      Wednesday 15 August 2012 at 15:23

      • I should point out that, as far as I know, Mr Wallace already has his new set (see below) and is unquestionably older than Mr Loughridge, and so cannot be accused of self-serving in this regard.

        Jeremy Walker

        Wednesday 15 August 2012 at 15:25

      • Is that not just as bad as buying the new set and giving them away, which is forbidden? And it means giving them the scabbier set – hardly a Christian attitude? :-)

        Mark Loughridge

        Wednesday 15 August 2012 at 15:43

  2. Your blessing has been duly traded in

    Mark Loughridge

    Wednesday 15 August 2012 at 14:07

  3. Got mine a week ago, just before I went on holiday, they’re lovely. I know that font Jeremy! Still, it does stand out which I suppose it is meant to!

    JP Wallace

    Wednesday 15 August 2012 at 15:21

  4. Thanks for this link Jeremy.

    Geoff Chapman

    Monday 3 September 2012 at 10:20

  5. Excellent. ;)

    Erik

    Saturday 8 December 2012 at 16:43

  6. […] Jeremy Walker (Crawley, W. Sussex) on his blog The Wanderer. […]


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