Friday, May 21, 2010

The Fruitful Life: The Overflow of God's Love Through You by Jerry Bridges

  The Fruitful Life by Jerry Bridges is a wonderful devotional centered on becoming Christ-like by examining the "fruit of the Spirit". He takes the nine fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23 and shares how we can cooperate with the Holy Spirit in producing these fruit in our own lives. A chapter is devoted to each of these - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, where he defines them and then shows examples through scripture of each ones use and worth.

  Overall this is a very practical book, exposing our weaknesses and providing ideas on how to overcome them. The quest for Christ-likeness is one we would all claim to be on, but this book is a slap of  reality, awakening us from our slumber and self-deception. At the end of each chapter he includes "exercises for practice and discussion" which facilitate personal or small group study, but be warned, you may be forced into seeing things in yourself that you'd rather not. This may be why he included a chapter on humility at the beginning of the book.

   The Fruitful Life is a very helpful resource to deepen your devotion to and dependence on God and to grow in holiness out of your love for him.

  I'd like to thank Navpress for sending me this free copy for review!
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