This book was brought to my attention by one of my best friends, who was reading the book for a class at his Bible college. He told me that this was a book he would recommend all Christians to read, and so I, being a Christian and highly respectful of his judgment, bought the book and read it, and I must say I agree completely.
This book is full of well-researched information that is useful for Christians of all levels. A lot of Christian books you’ll find nowadays are focused on a certain subject or something and they are mostly the author talking about that subject, his thoughts and experiences on it, with a few Bible verses to back him up. But “Balancing the Christian Life” is much more of a study book than an author trying to make a point. It’s covered with Bible references throughout the text that indicate the point Ryrie is trying to get across. Ryrie certainly did his homework and he makes it show, and as far as I can tell he doesn’t let his opinions influence the truth. Of course, any study of the Bible is according to one’s perspective of what they are reading, but Ryrie seems to really try to get to the truth of what the Bible is saying, and that is something I find admirable. He does use a few examples from his own life to help him explain some of the points, but they’re not written in a way that makes you think he added it in just to talk about himself.
Despite the lack of some commas that would have been very grammatically helpful, the occasional typo, and a generally boring font, I found this to be a very interesting and useful read, one I will probably come back to several times for study help alongside my Bible. Like my wise friend, I recommend it to every Christian for guidance in living a spiritual life.