Words To Inspire

Words to Inspire for the 3rd millennium from my spiritual diary.

Accepting the spiritual baton that my father, Denis H. Ruffle, handed to me in the last years of his life, this blog contains words to inspire 3rd Millennium believers. Sometimes prophetic, and one hopes, always inspirational, my role is to help equip follows of Jesus on the road to conversion of heart and discipleship through word and life-example. – John

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Words to Inspire

Thankful that the site now has added functionality, with the large array of Bibles accessible on an easy-to use drop down menu system. We are also busy helping Anglican priest and theologian William De Arteaga populate his blog, “Anglican Pentecostal” which we are helping him host.

Why not visit the site now and leave a comment or a prayer request? We would love to hear from you! We also immensely value your prayers as we redesign the entire site, page by page, to make it much, much simpler to find and access what you might be looking for. God bless you – John & Gladdys Ruffle

“We immensely value your prayers as we redesign the site page by page..”


Words to Inspire

The Ladder of Perfection – Walter Hilton

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Walter Hilton (b.1340–45 – d.1396) was an English Augustinian monk whose writing became influential only after his death. To my mind, his Ladder of Perfection remains the greatest work in the late Middle Ages Christian mystical tradition; and is certainly of equal calibre to “The Imitation of Christ” by Thomas á Kempis. Some passages arguably even exceed the warmth and depth of the Imitation, especially Book 1 of Hilton’s work, where the chapters are generally shorter and pithy.

Hilton has been far less widely read that á Kempis, and bound copies are hard to come by, as it appears to be out of print other than very costly print on demand reprints. On the other hand, our online version here is bookmarked chapter by chapter, making for easy on-line reading. So rather than purchase, why not just read our version here a far more sensible proposition, especially as it is free to read or download.

Our online version here is bookmarked chapter by chapter, making for much easier on-line reading.

“But you should ever seek with great diligence in prayer that you might gain a spiritual feeling or sight of God. And that is, that you may know the wisdom of God, His endless might, His great goodness in Himself and through His creatures…so that you may know and feel with all saints what is the length of the endless being of God, the breadth of the wonderful charity and the goodness of God, the height of His almighty majesty and the bottomless depths of His wisdom. In knowing and spiritual feeling of these should be the exercise of a contemplative man. For in these may be understood the full knowing of all spiritual things.”

– The Ladder of Perfection


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Words to Inspire

Healing on the Streets, Medieval Spirituality.. what’s next?

In an unexpected development, March sees our D. H. Ruffle Memorial Library teaming up with the Rev. William De Arteaga and his blog posts. We are pretty excited!

William is known internationally as a Christian author, historian and expert on revivals and the rebirth of Christian healing movement. He’s also a  regular contributor to the Pneuma Review. I read his book, “Quenching the Spirit” in the early 1990s and I was moved and inspired by it. I feel privileged to be partnering with him in bringing his writings to a wider audience. Check these links out:

MORE NEWS: I’m building a brand new section devoted to the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition, kicking off with a video from famous American “Bible Answer Man” Hank Hanegraaff talking about his conversion to Orthodoxy in 2017. Be among the first to see it – more content on the way!

Do go visit our site and share with others. I’m putting a lot of work into making it the place that will be truly honouring to our Lord Jesus Christ and edifying to His Bride here on earth. Oh boy – so much happening, I forgot to mention the Medieval Spirituality bibliography I’ve just published! — Blessings in Jesus, John & Gladdys Ruffle

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Thomas á Kempis – Indexed and Re-Typeset

Imitation of Christ: Making Lent Reading Easy

This version is re-typeset and each chapter is bookmarked, making it an extremely easy devotional read at home or on the move.

I have found “The Imitation” a wonderful devotional daily read, and if you’ve never read it, maybe this Lent is a good time to start.

I highly recommend it! Remember, you can download the pdf to your device, so you can read it even when you’ve no internet connection.

The text is divided into four books, which provide detailed spiritual instructions: “Helpful Counsels of the Spiritual Life”, “Directives for the Interior Life”, “On Interior Consolation” and “On the Blessed Sacrament”.

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Additions and Updates

As we approach the 2019 Lenten season, I’m excited to be releasing a raft of new titles to the D.H. Ruffle Memorial Library.

Giving first place to the Word of God, the A-Z Bibles page is not only refreshed but now has significant additions, including the entire Amplified Bible. This week I also gained permission to re-publish the 2016 edition of the entire Berean Study Bible. If that wasn’t enough, that’s accompanied by their Interlinear New Testament, Literal New Testament and the Berean Greek New Testament. That’s quite a haul! All this and more can be browsed or downloaded to your PC or other device free HERE.

You also may wish to explore the five downloads available on the new page I’ve created called “Spanish Mystics”. It features the famed Christian writings of St. Teresa of Ávila (1515 – 1582) and St. John of the Cross (1542 – 1591). Check them out HERE!

I’m fully aware of other excellent sites such as Bible Hub, where key scriptures can be searched with results coming up in multiple translations. I use those sites, and I’m very thankful for them.

The D. H. Ruffle Memorial Library however, offers something different: a growing library of over 200 works, many of which have never before been available in one place; all of which can be downloaded to your PC free of charge. This is ideal if you are a serious student or disciple of Christ who may not have access or cannot afford print copies – even when they can be found. You can academically reference these on-line works (I personally like Harvard) using whatever system you need to with confidence that your referencing will be acceptable at any of the world’s universities.

May this Lent be a time of drawing close to Jesus our Redeemer through prayer and meditation upon the Word of God and by perhaps delving into some of the devotional works found here. God bless you!

John E. Ruffle

FREE hard-to-find theological & inspirational classics both old and new, PLUS thoughtful & inspirational blog posts. Read PDF files on-line or download read or research off-line.