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The Hippo in the Garden: Hearing God's Voice in the 21st Century

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James Ryle is a master story teller with an inspiring message.

Placed in an orphanage at the age of six, and sentenced to the Texas State Penitentiary at the age of nineteen, James Ryle's life is a powerful and uplifting story of how God's grace can work all things together for good. His ability to connect with people of all ages, combined with a keen sense of humor and sensitivity to the moment, make James one of the most engaging speakers in today's world. His is a seasoned voice that brings moral clarity and refreshing insights for people of all walks of life.

He has been involved in public speaking since 1972, serving as pastor of two churches over 24 years, and chaplain for the University of Colorado football team for ten years. He has traveled as a conference speaker throughout the Nation and abroad.

James Ryle is the President and Founder of TruthWorks, a teaching and resourcing ministry helping you experience God's presence.

James is one of the founding Board members of Promise Keepers, and has spoken at several PK stadium events around the country. On October 4, 1997 in the Nation's Capitol, James delivered the Gospel message at Stand in the Gap - an event attended by over 1.4 million men, and broadcast to over 20 different nations around the world.

He is a best-selling author, and contributor to the NIV Worship Bible and the NKJV Spirit Filled Life Bible. His books include Hippo in the Garden, A Dream Come True, Going Through the Dry Times, and The Noble Man.

His online devotional blog, Rylisms, is read by thousands on a daily basis at

James and his wife, Belinda, have four grown children and live in Tennessee.

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