J.C Ryle, a man considered to be the last Puritan, produced a well-known book titled Thoughts for Young Men: Addressing the Greatest Challenges in a Young Man’s Life in the 19th century. The book is divided into four section with a conclusion at the end.
- Reasons for Exhorting Young Men
- Dangers to Young Men
- General Counsels to Young Men
- Special Rules for Young Men
J.C Ryle gives it straight to the young man. He clearly addresses the things that men deal with daily such as immature joking, dating/courtship/marriage, and spiritual disciplines. The book is short and so he doesn’t rebuke the reader heavily with his words. His rebuke is exact. His encouragements will quickly give the young man a jump start on the path to righteousness. It will humble but only if the young man would heed it.
As a man the book has convicted me of my immaturity. If I am to become godly leader in the home, the church and the work place I need to heed these words. So I hope that young men get a copy and heed the words of the last Puritan.