‘The Power and Sympathy of Christ’ by J.C. Ryle is a wonderful exposition of John 11. In each chapter, Ryle warmly discusses a portion of John’s narrative, beginning with general lessons and then transitioning into detailed verse-by-verse exposition. The third chapter contains a particularly helpful discourse on faith and hope amid grief and sorrow. Additionally, the book is appended by a select compendium of hymns which aid in articulating some of the work’s larger themes.

Although written in the late 19th century, the book’s clear and easy-to-read style makes it readily accessible to 21st century readers. However, it should be noted that while the style is accessible, the author does include certain expressions which may be unfamiliar to a modern audience. Despite this, Ryle’s short exposition contains many warm, helpful, and timeless truths which candidly consider life’s difficult realities whilst simultaneously and simply displaying the power and sympathy of Christ.

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Connor Lord, ETS Student