Monday, December 18, 2017

Book Review ~ Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges

This is the 2017 edition of Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges, which has an 8-lesson discussion guide included in the back for personal or group study. Being completely unfamiliar with Jerry's work prior to picking up this book, I found it to be a very thorough and in-depth study of the principles behind living in grace, rather than simply being saved by grace but continuing to live in our own strength.

For anyone who has already read several (and I do mean several) books on the art of living everyday in God's grace, there probably won't be a lot of "new" information here - that's in part because of the original copyright date of 1991 in the front of the book. But don't let that deter you from reading it. If I had to recommend just one book on living in grace, this would be it.

Starting by discussing our own spiritual bankruptcy and why we need God's saving grace, Jerry uses personal and scriptural stories to elaborate on how God's saving grace is so overwhelming and why it needs to be at the core of our relationship with Him. However, as Jerry is quick to point out, this is not a book on God's saving grace. That form of God's grace is eagerly shared and seldom overlooked by Christians. Instead, the majority of Transforming Grace focuses on what it means to us, as Christians, to live everyday by God's grace. How we should behave, treat others, and allow God's wonderfully amazing grace to reflect in every aspect of what we do on a daily basis.

Focusing on the parables of the generous landowner and the unmerciful servant, Jerry lays out a blueprint for Christians to truly embrace God's love and grace, while sharing it with their neighbors. Don't get me wrong, this is not a book of checklists and legalism; in fact, it's the exact opposite. It's a book of finding and embracing God's grace through your own personal walk with Him, rather than focusing on how the rest of the world perceives your relationship.

As stated before, I would recommend this book to any Christian who is seeking to understand more about God's grace and how to live by grace on a daily basis. Unlike a lot of books on this subject, Transforming Grace is written for both men and women, and would be just as valuable to a new believer as a longtime follower. 5/5 stars.

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ About The Author ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
(copied from back cover)
Jerry Bridges was a well-known Christian writer and speaker. His numerous books have sold over 3.5 million copies. He served on the staff of The Navigators for more than sixty years before his death in 2016. Jerry leaves behind his wife, Jane; two children; and seven grandchildren.
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