The late Jerry Bridges is known for authoring many books on our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. His books include: The Practice of Godliness, The Pursuit of Holiness, and many others.
I had not read any of his works before reading Transforming Grace. I might have to change that.
Transforming Grace is simply the best book I have read on the topic of God’s Grace toward us. I have read many books on the topic of grace by many different authors, but none hold a candle to this one. So much of the book resonated deeply in this heart.
If you want or need a good book on the topic of God’s grace go to your local Christian bookstore and purchase this one. An added bonus there is a study guide in the back of the book. This book would work well for an individual, personal study of grace or it could be used in a group study.
Jerry Bridges, as much as any man could, had a handle on grace. He tenderly teaches us that our salvation is all Jesus and not at all us. It’s isn’t Jesus + Whatever I do, but it is simply Jesus and His great Grace.
A few of my favorite quotes from the book:
“This instantaneous act of God by which He beings sanctification in us is just as much a gift of God’s grace as justification. God does not wait until we ‘surrender all’, make a second commitment to Christ’s lordship, or anything like that. God give sanctification by His grace.” (page 117)
And another one.
“Our love for God, expressed through obedience to Him, is to be a response to His love, not a means of trying to earn it.” (page 92)
One last one.
“God is worthy of my loving obedience because of who He is, not because of what He does.” (page 89)
What did I love about this book? In short, everything. It put into words what my heart believed and couldn’t articulate. So many times I was inwardly shouting, “YES! This is exactly right!!”
It opened my eyes and brought out many questions, hard questions that I needed to answer.
What did I not like about the book? Nothing.
Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges will change your life and is a necessary addition to your library. It is published by NavPress and is available through your local Christian bookstore or your favorite online seller.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review. All opinions are my my own.