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Product Details

  • Paperback: 179 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress; New edition (January 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157683932X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576839324
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

HOLINESS. THE CHRISTIAN’S JOINT VENTURE WITH GOD. “Be holy, for I am holy,” commands God to His people. But holiness is something that is often missed in the Christian’s daily life. According to Jerry Bridges, that’s because we’re not exactly sure what our part in holiness is. In The Pursuit of Holiness, he helps us see clearly just what we should rely on God to do-and what we should accept responsibility for ourselves. Whether you’re continuing your pursuit of holiness or just beginning, the principles and guidelines in The Pursuit of Holiness will challenge you to obey God’s command of holiness.

About the Author

JERRY BRIDGES is an author and Bible teacher. His books include The Discipline of Grace, The Practice of Godliness, Trusting God, and his most recent title, The Gospel for Real Life (all NavPress). Jerry is on staff with The Navigators' collegiate ministry. He and his wife, Jane, live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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.

Customer Reviews

This is a book that can be read many times over.
Chiara Padgett
Jerry Bridges shows us in this great book how Christians must depend on God's grace at all times and yet also striving with perseverance to pursuit holiness.
alcaff surjadi
This book has helped me to understand what it is to be holy, to pursue righteousness, that I am able to live a holy life and more.
Mr. Baitz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

141 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
It took me twenty five years to read Jerry Bridge's book The Pursuit of Holiness. A short while ago I received the "25th Anniversary Edition" and devoted much of this weekend to reading and absorbing the book. This book has become something of a modern day classic. Having read it, I know why! It is a deeply challenging book and one I'm sure I will read again before another twenty five years have elapsed.

The premise of Bridge's book is that holiness, like almost everything else in life, is something that we must strive for. Holiness is a gift of God and is something that can never be accomplished apart from the work of the Spirit. Yet it is our responsibility to strive for it and to work towards this goal. Bridges illustrates this by writing of a farmer.

A farmer plows his field, sows the seed, and fertilizes and cultivates - all the while knowing that in the final analysis he is utterly dependent on forces outside himself. He knows he cannot cause the seed to germinate, nor can he produce the rain and sunshine for growing and harvesting the crop. For a successful harvest, he is dependent on these things from God.

Yet the farmer knows that unless he diligently pursues his responsibilities to plow, plant, fertilize, and cultivate, he cannot expect a harvest at the end of the season. In a sense he is in a partnership with God, and he will reap its benefits only when he has fulfilled his responsibilities.

Just as farming is a joint venture between man and God, in which man cannot do what God must do and God will not do what the farmer should do, so too is the pursuit of holiness. God will not bestow a life of holiness upon us the day we are saved.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M. Brinkley on March 25, 2006
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Holiness: The nearly forgotten word of Christianity. If it was happiness, joy, love, grace, or mercy the modern church would be very familiar with it, but holiness is a word foreign to many professing Christians. Jerry Bridges has done an outstanding job in awakening Christians to the fact that God has a responsiblity in sanctifying us, and we as the children of God have a major role in our own pursuit of holiness. Jerry Bridges shows you as plain as day from the Word of God that Christ saves people from not only the penalty of sin (hell) but also from the power of sin. So many Christians sit in the church pew thinking how wonderful it will be to go to Heaven, yet their daily life is full of bondage to things that Christ has given them the power to overcome. The Christian life is not just victory over hell through Christ, but also over the sinful habits, addictions, and attitudes that we were enslaved to us sinners. Let Jerry Bridges turn your attention to what God's Word already states plainly. We have God's mercy to forgive us of sin, but we also have God's grace to empower us to live like Jesus did.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Michael Taylor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
Bridges has written a gem of a book that every Christian can benefit from, whether young or old, mature or young in the faith. The book purpose is to challenge the reader to become more like Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit combined with human effort.

Among the important points covered include:

1. God calls us to be like Him and not like others.

2. Holiness is necessary for effective service.

3. 3 aspects of sin's nature and tactics.

4. We must discipline our bodies and treat them as temples of God.

5. 3 principles to practice to train ourselves in godliness.

6. Faith is necessary to living a life pleasing to God.

7. Instead of withdrawing from the world, we must resist its influence. Our holiness will be a strong living rebuke to others.

8. We must be concerned with not only our own personal holiness, but also the eternal destiny of others.

9. 2 ways to express dependence on the Holy Spirit for living a holy life.

10. While God provides the opportunity to be released from sin's bondage, we have the responsibility to act.

In summary, this is a small but powerful book to inspire the reader to allow God, through His Holy Spirit, to live His holiness through us.

Read and enjoy, highly recommended!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Count Chocula on March 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
This biblically founded book is one of the greatest motivating books I have ever read. Jerry Bridges, through illumination from God, reveals what holiness is... and what that means to a Christian life. The book opposes legalism, and simply guides the reader on how to pursue God's Will in their lives. The book has helped me become more fearful, and yet, thankful towards God, but most of all loving Him for saving us and giving us the stregth and desire to please Him by leading a holy life. I plan on buying another book by Jerry Bridges entitled the Practice of Godliness. I have heard it is as motivating, life -affirming, and Sprirt-driven as this one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chad Oberholtzer on January 18, 2006
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We live in a church culture where holiness is rarely mentioned. When holiness is mentioned, it is often very generic or totally legalistic. Jerry Bridges does an outstanding job of walking a fine line. He is very specific in presenting the biblical basis for our obligation to pursue holiness if we call ourselves followers of Christ. Nonetheless, he presents the case in such a way that does not lead toward a legalistic mindset.

One of my greatest complaints about the church (myself included) is that we all too often look exactly like the world which does not know Christ. Our behaviors, our attitudes, and our choices reflect our culture, not the one who wants to cultivate us as His disciples. Anyone who feels the slightest disconnect from where you are and where you think God wants you to be ought to give this book a try. I would suggest that pursuing holiness will undoubtedly have a significant positive impact on your life. It has on mine, and I look forward to rereading this modern classic!!
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