My Audio School

Educational resources for busy parents

Thoughts for Young Men by J. C. Ryle, read by author Douglas Bond

Summary: Every thoughtful young man must read J. C. Ryle. For those who don’t have the time or would rather listen, Douglas Bond presents this new audio book. As a young man, Ryle was a first-class athlete, rowing on the crew and playing cricket at Oxford, and a diligent student, graduating top of his class. After hearing Ephesians 2 read in church, Ryle was converted to Christ and thereafter earnestly pursued an uncompromising life of faith and ministry. Throughout his long life, Ryle became a leader in the evangelical movement, proclaiming faithfully the biblical and reformed gospel of grace. During his preaching and pastoral ministry, Ryle became a lover of the Puritans and, like his heroes, wrote prolifically (Summary 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.”

This reading is performed by popular author Douglas Bond, and My Audio School thanks him for permission to share it with you!? The links below will take you to a page where you can either stream or download the audio files.

Read this book yourself online

Stream Douglas Bond reading Thoughts for Young Men from your computer. ?There are?several audio players (one for each chapter).

If you want to download these files to mp3, you can find the mp3 files here:


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

All of the chapters can also be streamed in audio players at this link.

If you prefer some visuals, Douglas Bond has also made this book’s introduction, the beginning of chapter 1, and the final chapter (5) available on You Tube. ?As with all video sharing sites, please exercise caution when viewing You Tube videos. ?We recommend viewing videos either full screen or here on My Audio School.


Chapter 1, part A: Reasons for Exhorting Young Men

Chapter 5: Concluding Remarks to Young Men

Posted in 19th Century Literature and Books for Boys and Empires and High School 9 years, 4 months ago at 11:51 pm.


3 Replies

  1. Thanks!
    The link to chapter 2 is broken as of 1/30/15.

  2. Thanks for letting me know, Will! I fixed that broken link and added a new introduction to the book as well as another link for streaming everything in audio players. Plenty of options for listening to this AMAZING book, which I highly recommend for every young man! Our own sons read it multiple times during their teen years.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Powered by WishList Member - Membership Software

Powered by Wordpress
Sliding Doors Wordpress theme designed by Wayne Conner
Creatively Designed Duncan Services