The spiritual excellence displayed in J. C. Ryle's writings cannot be underestimated: a lengthy introduction tells us the seven aspirations which Ryle holds when teaching his fellow Christian. Delving into great detail to explain each aim, and supporting his statements by citing scripture, the author displays an impressive devotion both to the Lord and to all believers who choose to read his words.
This manual is arranged according to topics; the first chapter focuses exclusively upon sin, the second on sanctification, the third on holiness, and so on. By concentrating on a single topic at a time, Ryle is able to offer detail and profundity in a way more diffuse or expansive texts might not.
Additionally, we also witness character studies of Moses and Lot: