- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: NavPress; New edition (May 6, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600063039
- ISBN-13: 978-1600063039
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Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God's Unfailing Love Paperback – April 22, 2008
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The product of more than ten years of Bible study, Transforming Grace is a fountainhead of inspiration and renewal that will show you just how inexhaustible and generous God’s grace really is. You’ll never be able to ask for too much, need too much, hope for too much, or even sin too much. Like a never-ending stream of ocean waves crashing on the shore, His grace “superabounds” toward you without measure.
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I love how Jerry Bridges explains the Gospel and explain it in a way that is clear to understand, devotional and practical. I enjoyed especially Bridges’ illustrations. Two analogies stood out: The Bankruptcy analogy in chapter one and the analogy of the Grand Canyon in chapter two. With the bankruptcy analogy Bridges made the observation that there are two kinds of bankruptcy. One chapter means one is totally without any asset at all; Bridges point here is that when it comes to our standing with God we are totally bankrupt, with no credit of righteousness that can redeem us from God’s wrath against our sins. With the analogy of the Grand Canyon in chapter two Bridges makes the point that our self-righteousness in reaching God is like jumping from one side of the Grand Canyon to the other side. The problem for most people is that they unfortunately shorten the distance in their own mind. I thought these analogies are useful for evangelism and even with explaining and teaching the Gospel to Christians.
Every chapter was precious in what it teaches. For instance I appreciated chapter nine on sufficient grace. Here Bridges looks at 2 Corinthians 12:9 and noted how the grace of God here has the meaning of God’s divine assistance to us through the Holy Spirit (165). As a Reformed Christian I can easily think of God’s grace as God’s favor to deal with our sinfulness, guilt and us being ill-deserving but this chapter shows us that God’s grace is also to help us with our inability and weaknesses (170). How multi-facted is God’s amazing grace! I also enjoyed the second to the last chapter in the book for Bridges discussion of the four means of appropriating God’s grace. These are prayers, the Word of God, submission and ministry to others. It was useful to see the Christian responsibility to use God’s means of grace.
Again this is a great book to read for Christian spiritual growth. Whether one reads it individually or as a resource for discipleship with others or even small group, it would prove to be a blessing for those who read it.
What I enjoy about this book is that the language is striaghtforward and divded up nicely. As I read through the book, I felt convicted in certain areas because I know I had thought that way or did this or that. But it was a good conviction because it followed it up with the truth. Someone might think this is "basic" but I don't think it is. In a sense, it is a basic concept...these are things we should know as Christians but it is something that if not paid attention to can lead to incorrect thinking. Grace is such an important and necessary truth to understand CORRECTLY because it is the basis of our Christian faith. Even I thought I understood grace but Mr. Bridges definitely pointed out somethings I was definitely guilty of.
I am prayerfully reading this book asking God to make His love and grace not just something I know in my head but that i know it in my heart in a deep way. I would recommend this book to everyone, new Christians, old Christians, etc. =D
Can't wait to read some of his other books!