Kill the Noise

Finding Meaning Above the Madness


By Ryan Ries

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It doesn't matter who you are or what you've done—God wants a relationship with you.
Social media, television, video games, drugs, pornography – there is so much noise distracting us from what is important in life that it is nearly impossible to hear God’s truth that He will take you as you are. When we finally kill the noise of the world, we’ll discover in the silence a loving Savior who is waiting to forgive us and offer us a purpose for our lives.
Ryan Ries is living proof of this truth. Growing up in Los Angeles as the son of a mega-church pastor but surrounded by the music, skate, and snowboard industries, Ryan felt a tug-of-war between the church and the world. It was in the skate and music culture that he found his passion and his identity. As a result, he walked away from God and dove head first into the world, losing his way in alcohol, drugs, and sex, which led to anxiety, brokenness, and emptiness.

Kill the Noise tells Ryan’s story about finding God in the messiness of life, and lets you know how you too can find peace, joy, and purpose in Jesus Christ. This book will be a tool to help you kill the noise of the world so you can hear God’s voice telling you that He loves you and that you belong to Him.



Let the Good Times Roll

It was the summer of 1993—I was eighteen years old and ready for anything. I pulled my Honda Civic, nicknamed The UFO, up to a 7-Eleven, and my buddy Gerardo jumped out of the front seat. He dropped a quarter into a pay phone, punched in some numbers, and was connected with the underground hotline. The voice on the other end gave him some directions, then disconnected. Gerardo ran back to the car and dropped into the front seat. Turning to me, then toward our three friends who were sardined in the back, he said with a grin, “It’s on.

We’re set.”

I knew that look. I had seen it before. This was going to be epic. During our last trip up to San Francisco, Gerardo had introduced us to techno music. Going to Haight-Ashbury, he bought us a Ron D Core mixtape. We listened to that cassette for eight hours on our way back down to LA, psyched on what we heard. Then, earlier this week, Gerardo had told us that Insomniac was putting on a rave in LA. The rave scene was still young and he had been to a few. He told us they were insane and said we had to get ourselves to one. That’s what was going down tonight.

Okay, Gerardo, it’s on! Let’s do this, G! I punched the pedal to the metal and we were out.

We drove through LA late at night—our windows were up, we were taking bong rips and hot boxing the car, and we were getting warmed up, bumping that same techno mixtape. We had been smoking weed all day, of course, and now we each dropped some hits of LSD. It took an hour for the acid to kick in full effect, so we were trying to time it just right for showing up to the party. As we weaved through the cars, we were hoping for no LA traffic jams. God forbid we end up out on the 101, jammed into The UFO, peaking on LSD.

Soon we were off the freeways and driving the streets, trying to read the signs in the midnight dark. We were in a seriously sketchy area just outside downtown. It was the last place a group of high seventeen- and eighteen-year-olds should have been. But we were young and stupid and absolutely invincible. Finally, we crossed some railroad tracks and spotted the correct warehouse just off of Santa Fe. Parking next to the tracks, we got out and started toward the door.

Well before we reached the building, we could feel the heavy throbbing bass—whoom, whoom, whoom, whoom. Gerardo looked at us and grinned again. We had timed the LSD just right.

The place was a run-down warehouse—old, dirty, industrial. The dude throwing the party took my five bucks and I walked in. Techno was blasting out of a wall of speakers stacked one on top of the other. Dozens of ravers climbed the speakers and were getting their rave on, some wearing Cat in the Hat hats, baggy rave gear, Day-Glo beads, and Mickey Mouse gloves. This mass of partiers was swarming the big black speaker boxes like ants attacking a piece of candy. This wasn’t like any concert I’d ever been to. Everyone wanted to be as close as possible—some with their heads right up against the speakers. They didn’t want to just hear the music; they wanted to feel every beat.

I stood there trying to wrap my mind around what I was watching. It wasn’t easy, because I was peaking on LSD, and I only had a loose grip on reality. I can’t remember a lot about the night, but I know that by the time I left I was hooked. When’s the next one? Count me in!

When we finally walked outside, someone yelled, “Look, all the cars got broken into!” My heart dropped. I looked up and saw that all the car windows up and down the street were shattered. Not only that, but it looked like someone had taken a baseball bat to all the car bodies, too. They were totaled. But when we got closer, we realized that nothing had actually happened to them. We had been hallucinating from the high of the LSD.

We looked at each other and started laughing.

This was my introduction to the LA underground rave scene and it was sick! Sometimes I wonder how I survived it—how can I possibly still be alive? And I’m not talking just that event, but all the years of partying. I have way too many friends who didn’t make it. It wasn’t the raves that took them down. The raves were just a new place to do what we had already been doing up in the hills around the city. What took my friends down were the drugs. The acid, ecstasy, meth, booze, and cocaine—taking them individually or combining them, trying to take the high to the next level. For some the ride just got too wild.

One guy I knew was up three days on meth. Then he took a hit of LSD, bad tripped, and jumped off a cliff. The cops made me identify his body. That was my junior year in high school. Another guy took LSD, beat up his dad, and took a dive out of a second-story window before getting arrested by the cops and put in the hospital. Years down the road, I was almost a casualty like them. But God’s grace saved me from an early grave and gave me hope and peace and purpose.

That rave was the first of many nights spent in grimy warehouses. Once I went the first time, I was all in. I kept going back. It was unique, it was underground, and it was illegal. That was my vibe. It was LA underground, and I couldn’t get enough.

I grew up like a lot of other Southern California kids. My family lived in La Verne, right next to San Dimas, where they filmed the famous Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. We had a condo at the beach in San Clemente, where we’d spend a lot of weekends surfing and skateboarding. Home life was great. My parents loved each other and they loved my brothers and me. My dad pastored a Calvary Chapel megachurch. In every family there are challenges—there are no families that are perfect. But mine was about as close as you could get to ideal.

In the late ’80s, the LA underground was hugely creative, as it always is, and thoroughly antiestablishment. The music was in-your-face and raw. Groups like Minor Threat, Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies, and Social Distortion were playing the clubs. The telephone poles lining Melrose Avenue were covered with concert fliers showing angry cartoonish figures and creative lettering. Album covers were either graphically simple or intricately designed. It was a rad time to be growing up.

I was the youngest of three. My two older brothers, Raul Jr. and Shane, were deep in the skinhead, mod, and punk movements of the time. My brother Shane was in a thrashing power pop band called The Key that played gigs on the LA circuit. I remember one day Shane brought home his new girlfriend. He introduced her: “Hey, this is Gwen Stefani.” Later on, I found out her band, No Doubt, was opening for The Key. It seemed like every day there was something new to see or to experience. I was a skater and a surfer, and I was surrounded by the music scene and the counterculture. Punks, mods, skinheads, and rude boys were always coming in and out of the house. A bully picked on me one day, so I had some skinheads on their Vespas pick me up from middle school. He never bothered me again. I loved the “do what you want” rebel mentality. Break the rules? Yes, please! Middle finger in the air like you just don’t care! Like Eminem says, that attitude is who I became, and it got worse the older I got. I didn’t want to hurt anyone; I just didn’t want people telling me what I could and couldn’t do—and I mean no one.

My brothers weren’t into the drug scene, but drugs and alcohol were a big part of the culture then, just as they are now. Sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll. They were all around me, and it was just a matter of time before I got sucked in. I didn’t want to read about it or hear about it; I wanted to experience it firsthand. So, I dove in headfirst. Then in high school I heard the Beastie Boys, and I realized that finally I had found a band that I could identify with—their music and their lifestyle. They were all about getting drunk, smoking weed, hooking up with chicks, and having a good time.

That’s when I started holding my own parties. We’d go from house to house to do them like you do in high school—if anyone had parents that were down for the cause, me and the AWOL (absent without leave) crew would be there. I’d work with a friend on some artwork, have a flier campaign, then work with some more friends to get some production going for the event—sort of a pre-version of the work that I do now—and people would show up by the carloads. Everyone knew an AWOL party was going to be epic. Backyard ragers with black lights, DJs, and nitrous tanks. Music was blasting and people were having a good ol’ time. We’d be smoking weed, doing mushrooms, and passing out nitrous balloons. That and the LSD were what opened the door to the psychedelic realm that led me into classic rock—Hendrix, the Doors, the Beatles, and the Grateful Dead.

Those wild nights were why it was so easy for me to slip into the rave movement—I was already throwing crazy parties. Partying became my life—you know, having a good time. Get high, get drunk, and go nuts with the crew! I got the name Rock ’n’ Roll Ryan when I was out on tour with UK drum and bass DJs Roni Size, DJ Krust, and DJ Die. To my close friends, I was Wild Out Ries or Ice. My brothers called me The Wild Beast.

As far back as I can remember, I always had a craving for the things the world offers. The Bible talks about them as “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16 NKJV). The writer of that verse, the disciple John, goes on to make it clear that those are desires that are not of God the Father but of the enemy, the devil. That devil, Satan, is using these body appetites to get into today’s youth and seriously mess them up.

The lust attack started for me back in first grade. I was walking behind my school one day and discovered a duffel full of porn magazines. It was hard-core XXX stuff. I had no real understanding of what was taking place in the pictures I was looking at—how could I at that age? Even as I turned from one page to the next, I knew that I should stop because what I was looking at was wrong. If I close my eyes, I can still see some of those pictures today, more than thirty years later. That’s the effect of pornography—once it’s seared into your mind, there’s no getting rid of it. Your brain is like a computer hard drive. Everything you look at gets saved, and there’s no delete button. It gets filed deep in your memory bank until it pops back up at the worst times. You’ll be sitting in church or driving your car with your kids or on a date night with your spouse and suddenly it’s there, playing on the big screen in your brain. Porn messes with relationships. It messes with marriages. It affects the brain and can even lead to impotency.1 Research shows that long-term porn use alters the same areas of the brain as heroin addiction.2 Seriously, put the book down and google “your brain on porn and heroin.” Wow, right? This is a growing problem in the US and many other areas of the world.

About five years after that first discovery, I walked into my friend’s house and his brother had some XXX hard-core porn showing on the TV. Watching that video finally helped me to understand what had been going on in the magazine pictures. Those images changed the way I thought of women. Later in life, I began viewing females as objects—as something to be used for my own pleasure just like in the porn I watched. What I saw opened my mind up to sexual issues that my preteen self wasn’t equipped to process. It started the fires of lust, sex, and porn that plagued me in years to come.

There were weird sensations growing inside of me as I watched the screen at my friend’s house. Some were physical, but others were spiritual. Looking back now, I believe these other feelings were the grieving of the Holy Spirit. It was His conviction in my heart. The Spirit’s sadness came from my loss of innocence. He felt pain because He knew even back then how that moment was going to affect me in the future. That grieving takes place many times every day as more and more kids are exposed to these kinds of images. It used to be difficult for most kids to get their hands on pornography. But now it’s only a couple of button pushes away on every smartphone that’s in the pocket of kids and adults across America.

And it’s not just here in the US. When I was on recent speaking tours down in Mexico and Colombia, I saw that every kid had a cell phone. The same is true all around the world. A 2017 statistic showed that the average age that kids are first exposed to pornography is thirteen, with some as young as five. Nearly half (43.5 percent) of those first exposures were accidental.3 Whether kids go looking for pornography or they accidentally stumble across it on an internet search, or whether it pops up on YouTube or Instagram, or it’s direct messaged to them, innocence is being stolen each and every day.

I was in high school when I was first introduced to cocaine. I had been smoking weed all day when my buddy Dusty got a page to head over to Sheldon’s house to go blaze. We parked and walked into the garage where my friend’s older brother was rolling cocoa puffs—marijuana joints with cocaine sprinkled in. We sat in a circle and it got passed to me. I hit it hard with a few big rips. After we smoked, I walked out to my car and just sat there thinking, “Dude! I’m so high right now!” That first try opened my eyes to a whole new world. From that point on, cocaine became my friend.

Of course, my parents quickly figured out what was going on. They found my weed stashes and my marijuana plant. Once, they even discovered a hundred hits of liquid LSD in my room. They did all they could to get me help, but I wasn’t having it. I was living my life the way I wanted to live it. It became a big source of conflict in our home, much as it is for every other middle school, high school, and college-age kid who is going through the same thing. I was trying to get everything past my parents, while they were trying to shut it all down.

Every day I would wake and bake. As soon as I got up, I’d hit the bong. For the rest of the day I’d keep smoking weed, maybe pick up a forty ounce, then crash out at night. A lot of our crew began getting kicked out of school, because we were getting into so much trouble. My friend Sean McKeehan got expelled for throwing rocks at the teachers’ cars and doing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. The rest of us were living out our own stupid reasons for getting asked to leave the school for good. I got sent to continuation school. After a few months there, I just said forget it. I sucked at school anyway. If I was going to do something with my life, it certainly wasn’t going to happen for me in an “institutional learning environment.” Time passed. Each day was like the day before—the only variations came with the people, the locations, and just how wasted we got.

The only part of my life that was strong enough to pull me away from the drugs was my passion to create and produce events. Again, my love for this began back when I was putting together those high school parties. Just like back then, my mind was always thinking of ideas and concepts and how I could make the experiences bigger and better. I needed to find outlets for all this passion and creative energy that was pouring through me. I started putting on shows and club events around this time, and I started getting paid. That’s when it all came together. I saw that I could actually make money producing these events. Pulling in cash while I was doing rad events and hanging out with people and having fun? Dude, that’s what’s up!

That’s when I also realized that the drugs were majorly interfering with my ability to build a business off my ideas. My life was out of control because of all the substances I was dumping into my system. So, I stopped the drugs. I decided I didn’t want that life anymore. People ask me how I was able to just stop the drugs cold turkey. Three things—first, I have ADD and I am very passionate about whatever I throw myself into. So, when I decided to pursue this ideas-and-event-producing career, I went full speed, cutting out anything that was going to get in the way. Second, I was still young and living in my parents’ house, which sucked. This was my ticket out. Third, I significantly increased my alcohol consumption. This allowed me to focus hard on my work, then wind down with a six-pack of beer or more at the end of the day. While this is in no way a path to sobriety that I would recommend, it worked for me at the time.

And obviously, it made a huge difference. Rather than wasting time partying and getting nothing out of it, I started producing parties and doing graphic design projects for a record label. Don’t get me wrong—I was still drinking way more than I should. But at least my transition from the rave scene to the bar scene helped to keep me a little more grounded on planet Earth.

That’s when I fell in love with the wrong girl. I met her in a dive bar, and before I knew it, we had this totally sex-based relationship going on. And that’s really all it was about at first. I wasn’t even that into her in the beginning. But once you start having sex all the time, it’s hard to break away. It’s the body appetites I was telling you about—the raging lust of the flesh living itself out.

That’s the big reason for the guidelines and boundaries about sex in the Bible. It isn’t because God wants to be a creeper lurking around our bedrooms. Hebrews 13:4 says, “Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.” It’s not that He wants to keep us from having any fun. It’s exactly the opposite. God wants you to have tons of fun in the bedroom, but it’s got to be with your spouse. That’s how He made us. We were created so that sex is more than just a physical act. There’s an emotional and spiritual side to it, too. So, He created guidelines for keeping it inside of marriage because He knew how sleeping around could seriously confuse our emotions and lead to all sorts of bad situations, messed-up relationships, and STDs. It can even lead to abortions and all the screwed-up emotions and aftereffects that come with that. Sadly, abortion is exactly where this girl and I ended up.

One day, she showed up at my work bawling. She told me that she just got back from aborting our baby at the clinic. This was the first time I even knew she was pregnant. Now she’s telling me she aborted our kid? I was in shock. It was like a bomb had been dropped on me. But she was near hysterical, so I wrapped her up in my arms. My own feelings about what had just happened got shoved to the side. Instead, the compassionate side of me came out. People don’t often think about how badly getting an abortion messes girls up. It took her a long time to work through what she had done. It was during this time of my emotional shock and her being a wreck that we ended up falling in love.

Then I got her pregnant again. Here was our chance to do it right this time. We stopped the partying, and she took her prenatal care seriously. At one appointment early on, we got the news that the egg had split into twins. But before we had a chance to celebrate, the doctor told us that the second baby had died. He called it vanishing twin syndrome. That news sucked.

But we still had the one baby. We were living clean—doing the best we could for this new life we were bringing into the world. I was determined to be the father this child needed, not a wastoid or a deadbeat. I started having all these fantasies about what it was going to be like being a dad. A short time later, though, she called me and told me that she was too young to be a mom and she was going to abort the baby. She said she still wanted to be with me, but I told her that if she aborted our baby, I would be gone. She did it anyway.

Emptiness. Then rage.

Two pregnancies—three babies gone. All the hope that I had for life turning around was crushed. Then, as one more knife to the back, I found out she was cheating on me. She had already cheated on me before, in between the abortions, but I had decided then that I was going to stick around and try to make it work. Forget that now. We were done.

Some may say, “Dude, what did you expect?” I don’t know. I expected something different—something better. Maybe some grace and mercy from God and a chance at both of us turning our lives around and becoming a family. People can change, right? Maybe I was naïve. Maybe I had crazy, unrealistic expectations. All I know is that when it all fell apart, I fell apart with it.

Rather than considering the possibility that my own bad choices may have led to my current situation, I decided the blame belonged to God. Even though I didn’t have a relationship with Him, I still accused Him of destroying my life. The insanity of that thinking! I didn’t want anything to do with God. I had totally blocked Him out of my life. Yet, when my life collapsed around me, where did I point the finger of blame? Right at the One I had told to keep out of my life. How schizo is that?

Still, that’s what I did. I straight-out told God that I hated Him for all that He’d done to me. I cussed Him out and flipped my two middle fingers up to Him. I let Him know that He could just stay the hell away from me. I was just going to keep doing my own thing. I’m going to make money. I’m going to put whatever I want into my body. I’m going to use girls just to satisfy my own needs. I’m done looking for love. I’m done trying to find “the right one.” Screw that—I’ve tried it. There’s too much pain in relationships. Besides, you can’t trust women anyway—they’re all the same. As soon as you start loving one, she’ll cheat on you or stab you in the back or kill your unborn kid. If God’s got a problem with that, what do I care? He obviously doesn’t care about me.



Losing Control

It was soon after I’d had it out with God that I started my new job, and everything got really awesome really fast. My oldest brother, Raul, had founded Four Star Distribution, which was a group of four snowboard brands. Along with that project, he was working on starting a new skateboard company called C1RCA Footwear. Soon, all five brands dominated in their industries. The concept behind C1RCA Footwear was to build a brand around legendary pro skateboarder Chad Muska. That meant bringing together music, art, and the skateboarding culture to create a one-of-a-kind brand. There was nothing else comparable out there.

Since I was already producing music events, Raul, Chad, and I had a few conversations. The result was that I took a job as the head of music promotions and team manager for C1RCA Footwear. This was great timing for me. It got me to change my scenery. I was able to refocus and rebuild my life as I dedicated all my time to this new job. I put the nightmare that I’d just gone through behind me. I started working like a dog—long hours, seven days a week. But I loved it. I had finally found my dream job, and I was now doing what I was most passionate about. It was the perfect outlet for my creativity.

It was at this time that I birthed a new concept for a music festival with Muska called Skate Jam. It was the first of its kind, bringing skateboard culture, drum and bass and hip-hop music, and art together under one roof. With Wu Tang headlining, thousands of people poured in to watch the $10,000 best trick skate contest and listen to the bands. The C1RCA brand started invading the music scene.

It soon began showing up everywhere. Bands and celebrities were wearing our products. Media outlets, from MTV to all the music mags, were talking about us. We were being worn by Eminem, Deftones, Limp Bizkit, Ghostface Killah, Roni Size, and many others. This company was where I was putting much of my effort, and I was killing it. C1RCA was leading the way in the industry, and soon competing shoe brands were trying their best to match our success by copying our music initiatives. The plan was working and the long hours were paying off. I was psyched!

All the while, I was having the time of my life. I was twenty-two years old, and I was touring around the world, staying in the sickest hotels, going to the biggest music festivals and most exclusive parties, and working with the most popular bands on the planet. A couple of C1RCA team riders and I were invited by Fred Durst, lead singer of Limp Bizkit, to the Playboy mansion, and we partied there for the band’s record release party. Check that off the bucket list. We hung out at the mansion until pro skateboarder Adrian Lopez threw up by the peacocks, and then it was a wrap—we bounced. The Vivid porn girls hosted our snow brand parties, then came back with us to the house to continue the cocaine-fueled party. It was an insane life.

Toward the beginning of my C1RCA years, I wasn’t using drugs at all and only drinking a little bit. I was really focused on my work. I wanted to kill it at my job, and I didn’t want all the fog in my brain that came with the drugs. Besides, with how hard I was working, who had time to cut out and get wasted? That period of my life was as close to completely sober as I had been since I was a teenager.

I stayed straight for a few years. Then, like a cancer breaking through remission, the old ways began creeping back in. I’d be backstage at an event or at a club and someone would have cocaine. I’d justify to myself that a little bit wouldn’t hurt. That “harmless” dabbling continued for a short while. A bump of cocaine here, a tab of ecstasy there. Once a month became twice a month, which became weekly until I got sucked back in again—it was like going over the falls on a surfboard. The apostle Peter wrote, “So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing” (2 Peter 3:17). If we’re not watching for the temptations that are trying to destroy us, we’ll step right into them and get taken out. It’s like a fox walking into a trap. We let our guard down and suddenly the appetites of the flesh have us clamped in and we’re powerless to break free.

As time went on, I found myself once again firmly in the grip of my old ways. The final spiral began for me when there was a shift in the company. The brands were going through cuts and the entire music program got shut down. The music program was the whole reason I had been hired. My passion was in the music part of my job, but C1RCA decided to move away from that side of the business. My role shifted to just a team manager. Don’t get me wrong—I loved my time hanging with those dudes, and I had some of the best times of my life traveling with them. We were and still are all brothers, and it was those amazing relationships that kept me there. But the challenge was gone; the creative drive was gone. I like to produce and create events—that’s my passion; it’s what I live for. Now my job had none of that.


  • "This uplifting message of redemption will resonate particularly with millennial Christians."—Publishers Weekly
  • “My friend Ryan Ries has always been very transparent about how his obsession with hard-core drug use and women permeated his former life to levels that would shock even the most seasoned partiers. But the biggest shocker is how God has completely redirected Ryan’s passion from party animal to displaying the real and tangible love of Christ to thousands of young people with the Whosoevers’ Kill the Noise tour!
    “Kill the Noise isn’t just another book. Kill the Noise is a life-igniting tool that carries authentic power to guide the most wounded and defeated souls straight into this mystery of Christ within. The last thing the world needs right now is another watered-down religious book! We need raw. We need real. We need authentic. We need to KILL THE NOISE.”

    Brian “Head” Welch, co-founder of the Grammy Award–winning band Korn, New York Times bestselling author of Save Me From Myself, Stronger, and With My Eyes Wide Open, and co-star of the Showtime movie Loud Krazy Love
  • “I’ve known Ryan for more than eleven years and will never forget the day I met him with my fiancé (at the time) Oz Fox. With tears in his eyes, he shared his incredible story of how God took his wild, rebellious heart and transformed it into a burning flame of love for God and His people.
    “Raw, refreshing, and beautifully, brutally honest. That’s the only way I can describe Ryan’s radical story of transformation in Kill the Noise. This book will captivate you, inspire you, and motivate you to live and learn more about the amazing grace of God and the power of surrender. Like fresh wind from heaven, Ryan’s journey is masterfully and honestly written, full of twists and turns into the dark world of addiction and rock and roll. But, ultimately, it finds its way into the bright world of redemption and true liberty of the soul.
    “Ryan is the real deal. He went above and beyond on this book…and I just could not put this down…neither will you!”

    Annie Lobert, wife of Oz Fox (Stryper), founder and CEO of Hookers For Jesus and Annie’s Pink Chair
  • “Like John the Baptist before him, Ryan’s book is like a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Clearing the way for the LORD’s coming!’ Refreshingly raw and vulnerable, this former ‘cocaine pirate’ has become a prophetic voice for an entire generation the world over!”

    Phil Evans, pastor of Hawkesbury Valley Baptist Church, Australia
  • “Ryan Ries, though raised by loving parents in a pastor’s home, was no choirboy. His rebellion was fueled by the streets and party scene of Los Angeles, California. I’ve known him as someone with a passion for the lost, and now I know why—he himself was lost. In Kill the Noise, Ryan is brutally honest about his life experiences, temptations, bad choices (and good), and how he once avoided—even hated—God. His voice is fresh as he describes the antiestablishment Jesus of the New Testament and how he came to surrender to His control. What’s more, Ryan shares the secrets he’s discovered along the way in his own faith journey and how he’s learned to turn both victory and calamity into a testimony. This is an honest account of a radically transformed life.”

    Skip Heitzig, pastor of Calvary Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and bestselling author of The Bible from 30,000 Feet
  • “It has been an honor and a privilege to know Ryan, and to walk with him side by side on his journey of faith. I met Ryan when he was lost and at his lowest point of life, and I am now watching him become what I truly believe to be a great evangelist of our time. His love for Jesus is convicting, and his childlike faith is contagious. His new book, Kill the Noise, is the most honest, sincere, and relatable book I’ve read in a while, and is guaranteed to capture the heart of anyone who reads it.”

    Sonny Sandoval, lead singer of the multiplatinum band P.O.D.
  • “I have known and loved Ryan since a baby. He had dark days, or should I say dark years, as I did. When his life changed, thousands of lives also ended up changing because of his boldness to tell others about Christ. He wants to talk with you through much love and experience and grief. After thirty-plus years sharing my gift of evangelism with tens of thousands in stadiums, bull rings, and sports arenas, only one name have I heard recently in Mexico that is stirring leaders in a positive way, giving Mexico hope. That name belongs to someone who is like a son to me. That name is Ryan Ries!”

    Dr. Mike MacIntosh, pastor, evangelist, and police and fire chaplain
  • “What makes Ryan’s testimony powerful is that it’s relatable. He grew up trying to find himself in the things the world had to offer, struggling with the same vices as myself and everyone else who grows up skateboarding, pushing the boundaries of the law, and listening to counterculture music. He’s tasted and seen it all, and it left him empty and broken. But Jesus reached into his life and met him where he was at, radically transforming his life from the inside out. However, in all of this transformation, Ryan still remains down to earth, engaging with the cultures he was saved in, remembering what it’s like to be searching for meaning, broken, and in need of a Savior. That’s what makes a book like this powerful. You will hear the truth about Jesus from someone who has walked in your shoes.”

    Steven Bancarz, YouTuber and speaker, and co-author of The Second Coming of the New Age
  • “Reading through the first few pages of Ryan’s book reminded me of the real pull and allure of this world. It’s become so common now that pulpits around the country don’t even warn against the evils of drugs, carnality, and the associated sins of a life in rebellion toward God. Yet, like anyone connected to God, there is a turning point. Tears welled up in my eyes as I thought of how precious the scene was as Ryan asked God to forgive him, in one of his worst moments! God did and filled that young man with His Holy Spirit. Anyone who has spent any time with Ryan knows the power of God’s Spirit is evident in his life! He inspires me by his obedience and commitment! Ryan speaks of a living God, not dead religion. Read to the end. You will be stirred toward more love and good works!”

    Ed Taylor, pastor of Calvary Church, Aurora, Colorado
  • “Ryan Ries is a voice that needs to be heard today, because he understands all too well what it means to ‘kill the noise’ in his life. He is speaking from a life that once had an ear for the noise of the world, until Jesus brought him to the end of himself and caused the noise of this world to cease. This opened up a whole new world to him and gave him an ear to hear God’s voice. This book is a must-read for young and old alike.”

    Tony Clark, pastor of Calvary Chapel, Newport News
  • “Spending ten years of my life in a rock band on tour, I thought I knew what it meant to be a rock star. After reading Ryan Ries’s book Kill the Noise, I quickly found that I was mistaken. Ryan communicates in modern terminology how Jesus Christ was the first and truest rock star to ever live.
    “This book is for the broken. This book is for the marathon runners chasing after a greater high over and over again until it kills them. But most important, this book is for those who hear the words ‘church,’ ‘God,’ ‘Jesus,’ or ‘Christianity’ and get a bad taste in their mouths.
    “We all hate posers. Kill the Noise clearly shows that Ryan is not a poser, and, most important, that Jesus was not either. You think you know Christianity? You think you know Jesus? You think you know transformation? Wait until you read this book and allow God to transform you through my friend Ryan Ries’s wild story.”

    Austin Carlile, former lead singer of Of Mice & Men
  • “This is an amazing book! Ryan is extremely connected to what is happening in the world today. This book challenges you to have a relationship with God not based on a list of requirements but on a fresh, real, raw, and fearless life in the Spirit.
    “I absolutely enjoyed the book from cover to cover. Powerful like dynamite!”

    Jesser Gaona, youth pastor of Semilla Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • “In his new book, Kill the Noise, Ryan Ries writes with passion his personal story of the saving Grace of God. Like a modern David, Ryan has a heart after God. His heart burns with a fire that reminds me of the early Church. God is pouring out His Spirit in these last days just as He promised through the prophet Joel ‘for such a time as this.’ And now that fire is spreading everywhere he goes. Get ready to be set ablaze!”

    Ray Bentley, author, and pastor of Maranatha Chapel
  • “I’ve gotten so tired of image-focused and ‘brand-managed’ Christian personalities that I won’t read or recommend 99 percent of what’s out there. Why? Because it’s often disingenuous and not really written to help reach lost people or struggling people with major challenges. But Ryan Ries’s new book, Kill the Noise, made it into that 1 percent list! This book is raw, real, and riveting, and will help anyone who picks it up. It’s much needed at this time in history in a way that inspires me to tell everyone about it!”

    Victor Marx, founder and president, All Things Possible Ministries and the Victor Marx Group
  • “Ryan has had a crazy and amazing life that continues to call him to Jesus. I have always admired how he tells his story in real language easily understood by anyone, especially those stumbling through life looking for purpose and meaning. His story is raw, explicit, and dark—but he keeps the Word of God that saved him woven through-out. I am so thankful for Ryan’s honest and compelling voice in our culture, pulling no punches with those who hunger for truth.”

    JW Clarke, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Birdhouse Group, Inc.
  • “In Kill the Noise, Ryan Ries transparently details his epic life journey while dishing out constant nuggets of spiritual truth. His story gets your attention, but the spiritual truth penetrates deep into the heart. This book amplifies the impact Ryan already makes throughThe Whosoevers, and can reach those in need of direction.”

    John Humphrey, vice president of I Am Second
  • “When I began to read this book, I thought that it would really help those caught up in drugs, alcohol, and meaningless sex. Halfway through, I thought this will help people who want to find out if God and Christianity are real. Having finished reading, I think this is a book for everyone who wants to live a sold-out life for Christ, whether you are eighteen or eighty-five. It’s not too late to be who God has called you to be.”

    Sheila Walsh, bestselling author, and co-host of Life Today
  • “Ryan Ries and his new book, Kill the Noise, are the real deal. I spent a week reading his book and each day, each chapter, and each page spoke so deeply into my life. It was convicting, truth-filled, and raw. I am looking forward to giving this book to people in my world who I know are struggling with in their walk with Christ, and also to nonbelievers in the modeling industry that I’m a part of. This book is for this generation, it’s for the church, it’s for the wayward Christian, and it’s for those who want to live the life Jesus lived. It’s truly a bridge from the messiness of this world to the foot of the cross, for people to find salvation and true transformation. I truly believe that Kill the Noise is going to bring a raw voice and raw truth to hearts around the world.”

    Christina Boudreau, TED Talk speaker, plus-size model, and author
  • “Over the years, I watched my son Ryan pursue a life of emotional, physical, and spiritual destruction. In his book, Kill the Noise, you will be blown away, as I have been, to see how the Holy Spirit intercepted him and took control of his life. The Lord has truly anointed Ryan to preach the Gospel. Through his witness, thousands of teens and adults have turned from a life of ruin and received the redemption that is found in Jesus Christ. Be amazed!”

    Dr. Raul Ries, pastor of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs in Diamond Bar, California, evangelist, radio host, and author
  • Kill the Noise—after a moment of a silent encounter with God, Ryan’s wretched life was renewed. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, he has taken up the baton of the Gospel message and now uniquely proclaims it to the masses. Delve into his book to become a witness of his miraculous deliverance from sin. Be astonished at God’s work through him to bring salvation to those who, like him, were lost.”

    Sharon Faith Ries, Women’s Bible teacher at Calvary Chapel Golden Springs in Diamond Bar, California, missionary, and author
  • “As a DJ for a large Christian radio network, I found Ryan’s approach to reaching the culture with the Bible absolutely intriguing! I am someone who does not read books often, yet I found this book so captivating that I couldn’t put it down! His voice of reason using  Scripture is difficult to find today in the Christian scene. Kill the Noise is essential for any Christian who wants to be fired up!”

    AJ Kestler, director and DJ, Effect Radio Network
  • “Ryan Ries’s new book, Kill the Noise, is gripping and Spirit-filled! It’s solid biblically, yet easy to understand for anyone. I respect how Ries wasn’t concerned about touching on subjects that are considered taboo by many of today’s churches. From his testimony to discipleship, this book was thought-provoking, and left me encouraged and wanting more!”

    Mike Kestler, founder and radio host of To Every Man an Answer, CSN International
  • “When the Amalakites attacked Israel in the wilderness, God instructed Moses to go to the top of a mountain and raise the staff of God. As long as the staff was held in the air God would help the Israelites take ground, but when the staff was lowered the Israelites lost ground. One of the lessons I believe God is trying to teach us through this story is the importance of partnership with Him; He will always do his part, so we have to do ours. I must admit, as a Christian businessman, trusting that God will do his part is sometimes a struggle for me. In Ryan’s amazing book he beautifully displays the importance of A-type personalities like me doing our part, then resting in the fact that He will do His. If you’re struggling with partnering with God in any aspect of your life, I want to encourage you to not only read this book but apply the lessons too!”

    Remi Adeleke, bestselling author, former Navy SEAL, filmmaker, consultant, and author of Transformed
  • “No one is beyond Christ’s redemption! Thank you, Ryan, for sharing your story of transformation from the inside out by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. Hope will spring forth, and be within reach, for all the Whosoevers, as they read your story. May God continue to use you to inspire and reach your generation with the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

    Ron Brown, executive director of Teen Challenge Southern California
  • “Kill The Noise will absolutely relate to anyone who reads it, whether young or old, Christian or not. Ryan will make you both laugh and cry, encouraging you and also challenging you. I don’t know of any other voice to society like Ryan’s. He’s as raw and real as it gets, telling his story and explaining the truths of Christianity in a bold and realistic light, with a refreshing down-to-earth style that brings back the power of the legit and epic Gospel of Jesus at work today, just like we see in the book of Acts. It was written and published during the Coronavirus pandemic, and I believe God will use this book to bring prophetic purification to the church at exactly the time we need it. America needs Christians who keep it real, are full of zeal, and aren’t posers. I will be buying copies for my whole youth group.”

    Jairus Hodges, founder and pastor of ZEAL Student Ministries
  • "It’s powerful and real!!! This book reveals that you can’t go too far for Jesus Christ to rescue you from wherever you are in life and radically change you by the love of God through the gospel and The Holy Spirit to be used for His glory!"—Christian Hosoi, Skateboarding Legend
  • "Ryan's new book Kill The Noise tells his remarkable personal story. It's one I can relate to because it's full of God's grace. It will remind you that God has a plan for you and no matter what you've done or been through He can forgive and use it for His glory!"—Lynsi Snyder, Owner and President of In-N-Out Burger

On Sale
May 11, 2021
Page Count
224 pages

Ryan Ries

Ryan Ries

About the Author

Ryan Ries is cofounder of The Whosoevers movement, a nonprofit organization that empowers students at public schools, colleges, and universities around the world to make positive choices no matter their circumstances. Ryan teaches Bible studies at Calvary Chapel Golden Spring, and speaks to thousands of teens and adults at music festivals, concerts, skate parks, churches, juvenile detention centers, and rehabs each year. He produces films, organizes music festivals, and hosts a Saturday night radio talk show, The Ryan Ries Show. Ryan continues to work personally with musicians and action sports athletes. Ryan is married to Crystal, and they have triplet daughters and one son. They live in Southern California. 

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