Friday, December 9, 2011

Listen FREE! Ryle, Thoughts for Young Men, read by Douglas Bond

Merry Christmas! I have benefited so much from reading and rereading John Charles Ryle's incomparable little volume THOUGHTS FOR YOUNG MEN over the years that I finally decided to do it as an audio book. My friend Rich Young (former heavy-metal guitarist) plays his original classical guitar renditions of some of my favorite hymns in the background. I hope you and the young men in your family and life will benefit from listening. Access them by clicking on the link above or here: J. C. Ryle, Thoughts for Young Men, read by Douglas Bond.   

Here's how Ryle begins:

"When the Apostle Paul wrote his Epistle to Titus about his responsibility as a minister, he mentioned young men as a group requiring particular attention. After speaking of older men and older women, and young women, he adds this advice, "Encourage the young men to be self-controlled" (Titus 2:6). I am going to follow the Apostle's advice. I propose to offer a few words of friendly exhortation to young men.

I am growing old myself, but there are few things that I can remember so well as were the days of my youth. I have a most distinct recollection of the joys and the sorrows, the hopes and the fears, the temptations and the difficulties, the mistaken judgments and the misplaced affections, the errors and the aspirations, which surround and accompany a young man's life. If I can only say something to keep some young man walking in the right way, and preserve him from faults and sins, which may hurt his prospects both for time and eternity, I shall be very thankful. There are four things which I propose to do:
I. I will mention some general REASONS why young men need exhorting.
II. I will note some special DANGERS which young men need to be warned about.
III. I will give some general COUNSEL which I beg young men to receive.
IV. I will set down some special RULES OF CONDUCT which I strongly advise young men to follow. On each of these four points I have something to say, and I pray to God that what I say may do good to some soul."


  1. Thank you very much for this audio book. I also just received the John Knox biography and it is on my list to read soon.

    Thanks again.

    Grace and Peace

  2. Thank you so very much! I am looking forward to sharing this with my son. Have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

  3. This is wonderful. Thankyou. I will be glad to share it with my (young) husband and 4 boys. I only have 1 problem - I couldn't download chapter 5 as it said the user hosting this content is out of bandwidth. Hope I can download it later. Thankyou again !

  4. Awesome!! Thank you so much! Our family has been so blessed by your books.

  5. "Out of bandwidth" on the entire book. Can I pay with PayPal and download??

  6. Thank you for graciously making this available. I was unable to download the files because it said the host of the content is out of bandwidth? Maybe if I try again tomorrow it will work.

  7. Thank you--I would love to share this with my son. Do you know why I get the message "user is out fo bandwidth" when I attempt to download? Help appreciated!

  8. Also need answer on the same. I can listen to it, but would prefer to download and listen while we're traveling. Thanks!

  9. we're working on the problem. For now it will be available for listening on the site. I'm consulting with my technical department (think teenage males) and hope to have it available for download soon

  10. A little late coming here, but thanks for this! I was also wondering, are there ANY plans at all to release audiobooks of the Duncan series hopefully narrated by an authentic Scotsman!? I love these books, but having lived in Texas my whole life, even my best effort at an authentic Scottish accent is deplorable. I would love to be able to listen to these Crown & Covenant books with my two sons and hear the dialogue out loud without butchering it with my own lame attempts to mask my southern drawl. :)

    Thanks for the Ryle book, too! It's a great book. I have also read and enjoyed Stand Fast.

    Many blessings in the New Year!