Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Practice of Godliness (Book Review)

I'd heard of author Jerry Bridges, but when I requested a review copy of The Practice of Godliness, I thought it was a new book.  (Go ahead and laugh.  I'll wait.)  I later learned that it's a classic book, and when I read it, I found out why.

The first five chapters define godliness and explain the process of developing this spiritual quality.  Chapters six through seventeen focus on specific aspects of godliness, such as Humility, Contentment, Self-Control, and Peace.  The final chapter ties it all together.

The image here is of the discussion guide, which I also received for review.  This could be used as a discussion guide for groups, but I used it for personal Bible study.  The idea is to see first what the Scriptures say, then to read what the author says.  Because I looked up the verses and answered the questions before I read the text, I had to think about it more deeply than if I'd only read the book.  Because it was a more active process, I learned much more.

I know that Wow isn't a very helpful book review, but that's my overall reaction.  I wholeheartedly recommend The Practice of Godliness, and I would encourage you to use the Discussion Guide along with it.

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6 comments :

  1. I've heard of this book and I am surprised I don't have it in my library. I will have to check on getting it. Sounds like you have been very challenged by this book. Thank you for the review.

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  2. We are so glad you like this classic by Jerry Bridges. He remains one of our most treasured authors. I hope you can read all of his books and Holiness Day by Day, his devotional.

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  3. I have a book here by Jerry Bridges and every time I try to read it, its just so full of heady stuff I have to put it down and think about it. It's really good stuff and I really like him as an author. I've never read that book. Glad you got a lot out of it.

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  4. Great review. The book sounds familiar, but I - like you - probably would have thought it's new. I like how the workbook/discussion book should be used first and look up scriptures then to read what the author has to say.

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  5. Hm...I will have to read it. My church book club does a variety of books every year and this looks good for the non-fiction category!!

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  6. I think that is a great review, great pointers on how to use it. So often we get a book but not really use it!

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