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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; New edition edition (August 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400070643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400070640
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What Kind of Relationship Can You Have with Someone You Fear?
For most of us, fear is something we try to avoid. And fearing God hardly sounds like an occasion for joy. But Jerry Bridges shows how the fear of the Lord is actually the key that opens the door to a life of true knowledge, wisdom, blessing, and joy.

We all want a deeper, more intimate relationship with God–one that's characterized by joy. But how does fearing God lead to joy? After all, aren't we supposed to love Him and live in intimate relationship with Him? Jerry Bridges explores this paradox as he unpacks the biblical promise that God delights in those who fear Him. Join him as he unveils the awesome greatness of God–His incredible holiness, deep wisdom, and especially His inspiring love. You'll gain a deeper understanding of who God is that will draw you into a truly biblical, and surprisingly delightful, fear of God–a fear that includes your own genuine, heartfelt delight in God.

You'll make the startling discovery that the fear of the Lord, far from being something to avoid, is the key to joyful, fulfilling, and genuine intimacy with God. It can change your relationship with God and change your life! Discover the surprising Joy of Fearing God! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jerry Bridges, former vice president for corporate affairs of the Navigators, is currently a sought-after conference speaker in a national Bible-teaching ministry. He is the author of six books, including I Exalt You, O God and The Pursuit of Holiness which has sold over one million copies.

More About the Author

Jerry Bridges is a longtime staff member of the Navigators and currently serves with their collegiate ministry. In addition to his international speaking ministry, he has authored ten books and three devotionals; among them The Pursuit of Holiness, which has sold well over a million copies, and the award-winning The Discipline of Grace and I Will Follow You, O God.

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Good material for a group study.
Liz Meyer
Jerry Bridges writes books that are easy to read and packs so much scripture to back up what he writes about.
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The Joy of Fearing God is a piece of work which inspires true worship of the One True Living God.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By a concerned reader on June 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
The beauty of this book is that it is so down to earth about matters that are so lofty and beyong human understanding. Bridges writes in an easily digestible manner. Relating the fear of God through scriptures and short stories and even points to some helpful devotional-like activities to help worship this fear-inspiring God. This book does not address the issue of fear of God's wrath because the book makes it quite clear this is not a "godly" fear of God. Bridges gets the reader in touch with a sovereign, loving, merciful, immeasurably immense God whom we should trust, love and fear because of his soveriegnty, love, mercy, and immensity... NOT because of his wrath.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 1998
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"The Joy of Fearing God" is a great book to understand how we should have the proper relationship with God. It started by talking theological doctrine that sounded very biblical based. Then, the author gave us some practical ways to exercise the knowledge we learn through the book. I had some dry time spiritually before I started reading this book. However, I forced myself to read this book to know what "the fear of God" really means. By reading through this book, God spoke to me and strengthened my faith. God prepared me to go through some huge trial happened recently in my life by using this book. If you have some doubt about God's love or God's goodness, read this book before you back off. However, it's very clear and understandable even for someone who doesn't like reading. Even English is my second language, it effected me so strongly. I especially recommend this book to Youth and College students. Also, it's great for parents. I have some disagreement with the author about the authority of employer and government, yet it doesn't change the value of this book. Please read it prayerfully and start having the Joy of fearing God! By J.I.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By blbooks on June 3, 2006
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THE JOY OF FEARING GOD by Jerry Bridges is an excellent book on an often over-looked topic in modern Christianity. In the first chapter he states his premise clearly: "There was a time when committed Christians were known as God-fearing people. This was a badge of honor. But somewhere along the way we lost it. Now the idea of fearing God, if thought of at all, seems like a relic from the past. That's to our detriment. The fear of God is actually as relevant today as it was in bygone generations" (1). In the remaining fourteen chapters he defines, describes, and illustrates what it means for Christians to individually and corporately to fear God in their lives. Chapter titles include "Beyond Measure, Beyond Compare" describing God's greatness, "Transcendent Majesty" describing God's holiness, "He Is Lord" describing God's sovereignty, and "He Is Worthy" describing how essential the fear of the Lord is in our worship.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Seth McBee on April 26, 2006
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This book really puts into perspective who we are and who our Creator is. Jerry uses a lot of Scripture which is why this book was so convicting of how we draw close to our Maker. He draws out the correct view of the fear of God and not how some others see their god, such as the Muslims. They literally fear Allah in an unhealthy way where He will smite them at any time.

Our fear of our Jehovah, is a reverential fear that is brought forth in this book. Very easy read, but don't make the assumption that because it is an easy read that it is not full of theological insight and depth. Highly recommended!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Keel on May 5, 2006
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The joy of fearing God is such an alien expression to many of us. It was to me before reading this book. The expression "fear God" is all over the bible, and yet I thought of fear of God in negative terms. Not anymore.

In this book Jerry Bridges digs deep into the bible to prove beyond a doubt that our greatest joy and fulfillment can only be found in a healthy fear of God. It does not mean that we should always be cowering waiting for the smiting hand of an angry, celestial father who delights to abuse his children. Bridges thesis rests on the fact that God is so huge, awesome, holy, and other than us that most of the people who encountered and loved Him in the bible were brought to their knees in awe. We have lost this awe. Bridges sets out to show us why that is a bad thing and how to solve the problem.

Read this book for an often missing perspective that is sorely needed in the Church today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kitty on September 6, 2012
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The fear of God is very important to a believer. I do not think very many people understand that it is a good thing. Jerry Bridges does an excellent job. If you are not closer to God after reading this book you should ask God to help you examine yourself and get into scripture more. Jerry Bridges writes books that are easy to read and packs so much scripture to back up what he writes about. I have read all his books and highly recommend them. Some I have even re-read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew M. Smith on January 19, 2013
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If you are lacking proper fear of God this book is a must.. You will meet God in a way that's lacking today. I highly recommend this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By @Ltrs2MySisters on October 8, 2011
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The Joy of Fearing God is a piece of work which inspires true worship of the One True Living God. Mr. Bridges not only encourages but challenges believers young and old to approach God with a heart of submission to God's unique glory! This book along with the study guide is an excellent source for sharing one's faith with other believers as you discover God's incomparable glory!
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