Shall We Know One Another and Other Papers

J. C. Ryle

Charles Nolan Publishers

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For J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) the question Shall We Know One Another? was a heartfelt inquiry of one who buried three wives. His first wife, Matilda, died after less than two years marriage, when he was thirty-one. Two-and-a-half years later, he married his second wife, Jessie, only to lay her in the grave within ten years. His third wife, Henrietta, died after twenty-seven years of holy matrimony, when he was seventy-two. Well could he write, "The closest relation on earth -- the marriage bond -- has an end." The Other Papers of this volume reveal both the narrow lens and broad scope of a biblical worldview. From planet Earth to Christian contentment, and from Nero's household to words for women, a wide spectrum is considered -- all centered in Christ. This booklet (first published in the nineteenth-century "Little Gem" series) answers not only the original question but many other uncertainties faced in life, offering pearls of wisdom from Ryle's pastoral treasure chest. And there is no nugget too small, for as Ryle said, "I call nothing little which tends to make religion more beautiful in the eyes of the world. Little arrangements make all the difference in the appearance of a room; little adornments make all the difference in the looks of a bride; little attentions make all the difference in the comfort a master feels in a servant. I am very jealous for my Master's cause. Anything, anything, to make it more lovely before man!"

  • 64 pages
  • 2001
  • ISBN: 9780967760360