A brief biography of J. C. Ryle:

http://www.theopedia.com/John_Charles_Ryle

More resources from J. C. Ryle are available from Monergism:

http://www.monergism.com/directory/search.php?action=search_links_simple&search_kind=and&phrase=ryle&B1.x=-1013&B1.y=-143&B1=Search

I highly recommend reading Thoughts for Young Men:

http://www.gracegems.org/BOOKS/thoughts_for_young_men.htm

and his book on Holiness, Holiness: It’s Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots:

http://www.preachtheword.com/bookstore/holiness.pdf

Conrad Mbewe’s recommendation of J. C. Ryle’s book Holiness:

http://www.conradmbewe.com/2011/10/book-that-changed-my-lifeholiness.html

Here are some more resources from J. C. Ryle on conversion and assurance of salvation:

Suppose and unholy Man went to heaven:

http://www.biblebb.com/files/ryle/suppose_an_unholy_man.htm

Are you born again?

http://www.gracegems.org/23/Ryle_born_again.htm

Are you regenerate?

http://www.reformedsermonarchives.com/ryle29.htm

Self-effort:

http://www.biblebb.com/files/ryle/PRACT2.TXT

Self-examination:

http://www.biblebb.com/files/ryle/PRACT1.TXT

Wheat or Chaff?

http://www.gracegems.org/24/Ryle_wheat_or_chaff.htm

Alive or Dead? (Kindle format):

http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/free-ebooks.html

(use ctrl and F at the same time and then type in, alive or dead, to find it faster since you can’t link to individual books on this page)

What it costs to be a true Christian:

http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/sdg/truechristian.html