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Respectable Sins Hardcover – August 21, 2007
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Jerry writes not from a height of spiritual accomplishment but from the trenches of his own battles with sin. In his admonitions, Jerry offers a message of hope in the profound mercy of the gospel and the transforming grace of God as the means to overcoming our subtle sins.
If you lead a small group or Bible class, don't miss the companion discussion guide for this important book. See inside for details.
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I think this book is very important for Christians today, particularly in the Industrialized West. It's not that Christians from less developed countries don't share these sins, but rather that Bridges addresses them in ways that are particularly applicable to Americans and Europeans.
One reason I give it four instead of five stars is that he sometimes stretches to make a point. Occasionally he points out a valid area of sin, but his personal anecdotes fall a bit short in identifying that sin in himself just to identify himself with his readers.
Another reason for four stars it's that Bridges' overt evangelicalism limits the book's appeal for those outside that part of the spectrum of Christian belief and practice.
I most recently used this book for a small group study and it provided a great springboard for discussion. At the same time, it provided a great motivation for personal introspection and a desire for holiness in the areas he covers.
In summary, the book covers sins ranging from the deeply rooted ungodliness, pride, and un-thankfulness, to the ones we probably see more often, such as anger, sins of the tongue, and worldliness. This book is a pretty quick read and serves as a great tool for Christians to use in navigating their own life to seek out and do away with sins that we consider as "subtle", or in this case "respectable".
Pros: quick read and great way to learn how to pray for guidance in allowing the Holy Spirit to expose sin in your own life, while also talking with those close to you to provide feedback on any "blind spots".
Cons: some of the examples offered by the author, while appreciated, are not always relatable.
Bottom line: a great book to read in a small group setting, or even on your own, for seeking out areas of your life that you may not be living in-line with scripture.
This is a book that is very much needed for this generation of carelessly taught believers. My
opinion is that this book should be in every church library, taught in every church and Bible study,
and be on the desk of every Pastor and Bible teacher. If I had the means, I would buy numerous
copies to share with every believer I know. Outstanding resource for anyone who has any desire
to serve God and honor Him.