I'm a girl and I just read a book called Thoughts for Young Men

I'm A Girl And I Just Read A Book Called 'Thoughts For Young Men'

Everyone should read it, not just young men.

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Thoughts for Young Men by J.C. Ryle is only 75 pages long. Yep, that's it. You can easily read it in one sitting, especially if you're the type of person that doesn't have the patience to read through a thick book. If you're that curious, you can find it on Amazon for a whopping $6.00. I highly recommend that you do because I believe you will be convicted as I have been. J.C. Ryle has numerous one-liners that I made sure to make note of, knowing I'd want to remember and quote them due to their power. In case you don't know who Ryle was, here is his condensed bio: "J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) was a prominent writer, preacher, and Anglican clergyman in nineteenth-century Britain. He is the author of the classic Expository Thoughts on the Gospels and retired as the bishop of Liverpool." Now, let's dive into his thoughts for young men!

1. “Depend on it, they will at once point to the same quarter, - they will say, ‘The Young Men.’”

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Why does Ryle call out the young men and not the women? In the opening chapter he says that if you were to ask anyone in a public office, specifically the office of a judge or other governmental position, they will all say that young men are the ones who by and large cause protests and ruckus. Young men fill the jails more than women. Young men are the "Sabbath-breakers" and the ones who are most often found drunk, stealing, and having to be looked after because of their bad behavior. Ryle calls out the young men of the 19th century (and every century following) to do better.

2. “Habits, like trees, are strengthened by age.”

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Ryle begins his exhortation of young men by telling them to follow God while they are young. Why? Because habits, once formed, are nearly impossible to break, especially habits formed in youth. He pleads: "If you seek not the Lord when young, the strength of habit is such that you will probably never seek him at all." Point taken: It's never too early to start following Christ.

3. “Satan knows well that you will make up the next generation, and therefore he employs every art betimes to make you his own.”

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Satan will use literally whatever he can to make sure you don't follow Christ, especially in your youth when you are establishing who you are and who you will be for the rest of your life. Ryle states simply that if you resist the devil when you are young, you'll have fewer mistakes and regrets to look back on. The devil's lies look so sweet and promising, but you'll find yourself caught in a snare if you give in. You want to be able to remember your youth as a time when you grew in your faith, not a season of your life when you wasted time. "Never will you go to the place where he [Satan] will not find you," Ryle says.

4. “Hell itself is truth known too late.”

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Ryle really drives this point home. None of us know when we're going to die. Ryle's point in this is that we shouldn't waste time doing foolish things because we never know when it's our turn to go. The sins of our youth will remain with us throughout our lifetimes, so we should choose wisely what we do with our time.

5. “Sin will not come to you, saying, ‘I am sin.’”

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Be on your guard! Sin often appears enticing and beautiful. Run from it! Remember the simple rule "if it seems too good to be true it probably is." Run, and don't look back.

6. “But whatever men may say, the things needful for salvation are as clear as daylight.”

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Ryle beseeches young men to read the Bible. Yes, he fully admits that there are passages in the Bible that are difficult to understand. But why would God's holy book be so easy to understand? We wouldn't need God if we fully understood everything inside His book. Ryle says: "You do not despise medicines because you cannot explain all that your doctor does by them." So why would we despise the Bible? What we need for our salvation is clear in the Bible, and that's what's important.

7. “It is only when self is nothing and Christ is all our confidence, it is then only that we shall do great exploits.”

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This statement is self-explanatory. Do you want to do great things? Trust in Christ.

8. “He measures all men by one standard, one measure, one test, one criterion, and that is the state of their souls.”

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When you reach the end of your life, only one thing matters to God and that is whether your soul is surrendered to Him or not. The rich, the poor, the disabled, the successful, the broken, the "I have it all together" types, it doesn't matter because we are all on the same level before God. You have no possession more important than your soul.

9. “But get your mind stored with Scripture, by diligent reading, and you will soon discover its value and power.”

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Do not read the Bible selectively or every now and then. No, you need to read it every day and study it. Ryle says that when you're in conflicting situations or don't know what to do, Scripture passages will come to mind and encourage you, point you in the right direction, and give you wisdom. Don't doubt its power.

10. “Never be satisfied with the friendship of anyone who will not be useful to your soul.”

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Basically, bad company corrupts good morals. Don't be close to people who drain you and make you worse. Be with people who will call you out in your mistakes, build you up, and leave you better for it.

11. “Nothing darkens the eyes of the mind so much, and deadens the conscience so surely, as an allowed sin.”

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This goes back to the developing of bad habits statement. Don't let something wrong become "okay" just because you're used to doing it. Ryle states: "A small leak will sink a great ship, and a small spark will kindle a great fire, and a little allowed sin in like manner will ruin an immortal soul."

12. “Young men of the present day, you are wanted for God.”

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Ryle encourages young men to hold fast to Christ and make the commitment to follow Christ right now. Doing this will lead to a life well-lived and fewer regrets and more happiness. It's not a popular thing to do, but it's the right thing to do. Ryle ends with: "Young men, these things are true. Suffer the word of exhortation. Be persuaded. Take up the cross. Follow Christ. Yield yourselves unto God."

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13 Of The Best, Most Famous Poems Ever Written

Masterpieces by some of our favorites like as Shakespeare, John Donne, and Homer.
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Some of us read poetry for an eager and fast escape from this world. On the other hand, some of us read poetry solely to share it with the ones we love. There are miracles on paper that can easily be forgotten about if we let them be. The following poems are written by some of our favorites such as Shakespeare, John Donne, Homer, and more. It is clear why these have become some of the most famous and unforgettable poems ever written. So grab a pen, and interpret these poems in your own, unique way.

1. “Go and Catch a Falling Star” - John Donne

Go and catch a falling star,

Get with child a mandrake root,

Tell me where all past years are,

Or who cleft the devil's foot,

Teach me to hear mermaids singing,

Or to keep off envy's stinging,

And find

What wind

Serves to advance an honest mind.

If thou be'st born to strange sights,

Things invisible to see,

Ride ten thousand days and nights,

Till age snow white hairs on thee,

Thou, when thou return'st, wilt tell me,

All strange wonders that befell thee,

And swear,

No where

Lives a woman true, and fair.

If thou find'st one, let me know,

Such a pilgrimage were sweet;

Yet do not, I would not go,

Though at next door we might meet;

Though she were true, when you met her,

And last, till you write your letter,

Yet she

Will be

False, ere I come, to two, or three.

2. “Drinking Alone in the Moonlight” - Li Po

Beneath the blossoms with a pot of wine,

No friends at hand, so I poured alone;

I raised my cup to invite the moon,

Turned to my shadow, and we became three.

Now the moon had never learned about drinking,

And my shadow had merely followed my form,

But I quickly made friends with the moon and my shadow;

To find pleasure in life, make the most of the spring.

Whenever I sang, the moon swayed with me;

Whenever I danced, my shadow went wild.

Drinking, we shared our enjoyment together;

Drunk, then each went off on his own.

But forever agreed on dispassionate revels,

We promised to meet in the far Milky Way.

3. “Sonnet 18” - William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer's lease hath all too short a date:

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimm'd;

But thy eternal summer shall not fade

Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;

Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,

When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st;

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

4. “The World Is Too Much with Us” - William Wordsworth

The world is too much with us; late and soon,

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—

Little we see in Nature that is ours;

We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!

This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;

The winds that will be howling at all hours,

And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;

For this, for everything, we are out of tune;

It moves us not. Great God! I’d rather be

A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;

So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,

Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;

Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;

Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.

5. “She Walks in Beauty” - Lord Byron

She walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

And all that’s best of dark and bright

Meet in her aspect and her eyes;

Thus mellowed to that tender light

Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,

Had half impaired the nameless grace

Which waves in every raven tress,

Or softly lightens o’er her face;

Where thoughts serenely sweet express,

How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,

So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,

The smiles that win, the tints that glow,

But tell of days in goodness spent,

A mind at peace with all below,

A heart whose love is innocent!

6. “How Do I Love Thee?”- Elizabeth Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,












I shall but love thee better after death.

7. “ Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” -Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

8. The Jabberwocky” - Lewis Carroll

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;

Long time the manxome foe he sought—

So rested he by the Tumtum tree

And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,

The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,

Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,

And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through

The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

He left it dead, and with its head

He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?

Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”

He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

9. “Tears Fall in My Heart” - Paul Verlaine

Tears fall in my heart

Rain falls on the town;

what is this numb hurt

that enters my heart?

Ah,the soft sound of rain

on roofs, on the ground!

To a dulled heart they came,

ah, the song of the rain!

Tears without reason

in the disheartened heart.

What? no trace of treason?

This grief's without reason.

It's far the worst pain

to never know why

without love or disdain

my heart has such pain!

10. “We Wear the Mask” - Paul Lawrence Dunbar

We wear the mask that grins and lies,

It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—

This debt we pay to human guile;

With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,

And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be over-wise,

In counting all our tears and sighs?

Nay, let them only see us, while

We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries

To thee from tortured souls arise.

We sing, but oh the clay is vile

Beneath our feet, and long the mile;

But let the world dream otherwise,

We wear the mask!

11. “The Panther” - Rainer Maria Rilke

His vision, from the constantly passing bars,

has grown so weary that it cannot hold

anything else. It seems to him there are

a thousand bars; and behind the bars, no world.

As he paces in cramped circles, over and over,

the movement of his powerful soft strides

is like a ritual dance around a center

in which a mighty will stands paralyzed.

Only at times, the curtain of the pupils

lifts, quietly--. An image enters in,

rushes down through the tensed, arrested muscles,

plunges into the heart and is gone.

12. “Sea Fever” - John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;

And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,

And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide

Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;

And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,

And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,

To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;

And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,

And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

13. "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight" -Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

















Save these poems for your next coffee shop date or solitude moment. You might be surprised at how much you can find yourself in a poem.

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Add to your summer fun with these amazing books!

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Looking for something to do during these up coming long summer days? Say no more. The following is a list of 13 books, some new, some old, and all deserve to be on your summer reading list for 2019!

'Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of The Universe'

"Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" is a YA coming of age novel about the intense friendship between Aristotle and Dante. A significant portion of the book takes place over summer, making this the perfect time to dive into the story of their friendship and to experience all of the themes of racism, LGBTQ, and more that author Benjamin Alire Saenz delicately weaves into the story of these two young boys.

'Crazy Rich Asians'

Loved the movie and can't get enough? No worries. The hit film was based on a novel written by Kevin Kwan. Compare the adaption to its original print source, and maybe read the other books in the series as well.

'Hunchback of Notre Dame'

This is a book everyone must read and given the recent tragic fire at Notre Dame, there never could be a better time. Read the story as Victor Hugo wrote it this summer, if you've seen the Disney movie, it is most certainly a different story that will be tantalizing your mind this summer.

'The Testaments'

Following in the footsteps of Harper Lee, Margaret Atwood brings us the sequel to her classic "A Handmaid's Tale" this summer. The story is said to be set 15 years after the end of the first novel and will show us where Gilead is now. The book is available for preorder and would be an excellent summer read!

'Watership Down'

Written by Richard Adams, this tale of rabbit's seeking out a new home is anything but Disney friendly, and deals with incredibly deep and philosophical issues within its pages. If you haven't visited the story before, now is the best time to do so as the story only grows more relevant with each passing year.

'Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus'

Published anonymously when she was 20, the tale of Frankenstein addresses undying fears of humans. Being rejected by your 'parents' and your village, life and death, the limitations of science and whether or not we should limit it. All written by a 20-year-old Mary Shelly in the 1800s and often considered the first science fiction novel, this is a must read this summer.

'Les Miserable'

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'A Song Of Ice And Fire'

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'Dune"

If you haven't read Frank Hebert's classic science fiction epic, now is a perfect time. The book will be made into two separate movies, considering its length. 'Dune' is the science fiction equivalent of 'Lord Of The Rings' a massive epic that has spanned generations and is soon to be attempted on the screen once again. Pretend the film with Sting didn't happen and perhaps visit the miniseries once you've finished the book.

'Star Wars: A New Hope' 

Believe it or not, the first 'Star Wars' media ever produced was actually a novel published about six months before the film's theater release. The novel contains information and details that were either cut or changed from the film's official release, but also often foreshadows the prequels which would come almost 30 years later.

'Chaos Walking: The Knife Of Never Letting Go' 

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