Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges

Transforming Grace

Transforming Grace is a practical, biblical, and powerful exposition of the truth of grace, grace which frees from guilt and legalism, but which inspires us toward holy living because of our appreciation of what God did for us.

Details Transforming Grace

TitleTransforming Grace
Release DateJan 29th, 1991
PublisherNavPress Publishing Group
Number of pages207 pages
GenreChristian, Religion, Theology, Christianity, Nonfiction

Reviews Transforming Grace

  • Nick
    This book was what I needed to read right now--not only personally but as a reminder for teaching at church how transformational understanding grace can be.Jerry Bridges has a gift for writing clear sentences that convey deep subjects. Sometimes he can go a little long on a point, but it's not bad. Plus, he is very careful to be clear about God's work and our responsibility in the Christian life. I disagree with him on a few minor points, but ove...
  • Colin McKay Miller
    While most theology books try to get you to some lofty relationship with God, Jerry Bridges’ Transforming Grace goes back to the foundation, firming up what we’re supposed to be standing upon. With Jesus, it’s all about grace. You know that, right? Sure you do. It’s one of the three answers to Bible questions. (The other two are ‘prayer’ and ‘Jesus,’ by the way.) The problem is, we think that it can’t actually be entirely God’...
  • Naomi Bowen
    Jerry Bridges is one of my favourite writers. Thoroughly explores subjects and backs them up with Scripture, yet easy to read and understand. In this book, Bridges reminds us that grace isn't just for salvation - it's needed everyday for the rest of a Christian's life. We bring nothing to the table. We are totally dependent on the Giver of Grace - who never stops giving!
  • Matt Chapman
    It's probably been 10 years since I last read this and though I remember it being so helpful the first time around, I'd forgotten just how good it is! This is the kind of book that would be good on constant repeat - an annual read perhaps - to never lose sight of the fact that the whole of the Christian life is to be lived out breathing the fresh air of God's saving and transforming grace.
  • Nicole Rollins
    Transforming Grace was a challenging read for me, perhaps because I am new in my walk with Christ. The idea that we are undeserving of God's free grace was not a difficult concept to grasp. What puzzled me throughout most of my read, and still puzzles me, is how grace is granted. Bridges reiterates throughout his novel that not only is God's grace free, but it is unmerited. There is absolutely nothing we can do that has any effect on the amount o...
  • Lizzie Chapman
    I love this book!
  • Alexis Neal
    Really more of a four-and-a-half star book, and definitely Bridges' best so far. This book kicked my behind right proper. Substantively, it's quite similar to Forde's On Being a Theologian of the Cross, albeit a little easier to digest. As someone who struggles with legalism on a pretty much constant basis, I found this book quite challenging. Bridges reminds his readers that grace not only saves us, but also sanctifies us as well. And I for one ...
  • Rebecca Jo
    What a blessing this book was! Taught me so much about living a life based on living by His abundant and never ending grace and accepting that. HE LOVED ME ENOUGH TO GIVE ME HIS GRACE AND MERCY. Studied this in a one on one discipleship with a dear sister in Christ to me.
  • John Brackbill
    1st Reading Review: Get it. Read it. Read it again. I plan to. Highly profitable.2nd Reading Review: See above. This time I read it with a small group at a coffee stop.
  • Will
  • Wade
    This is an excellent book on living under God's grace and dealing with guilt over our sin. It is very easy to read and theologically solid.
  • Greg Wilson
    I realize Christian publishing is a business. Like any other business a publisher of Christian books needs to turn a profit. This realization, however, has done little to temper my aggravation at the high cost of small group curriculum. Even for individual study, one usually has to buy the book and study guide separately. For example, some time ago I bought Respectable Sins and the study guide ($28.98 retail $17.99 at CBD). Now multiply that amou...
  • Kara
    I've had the opportunity now to read several Jerry Bridges books and I must say that he's quickly become one of my favorite authors. Author of the classic, The Pursuit of Holiness, and a gifted communicator, he writes about practical doctrine applies to our daily lives...with a humble and gentle tone.I recently finished Transforming Grace and found it very refreshing and thought-provoking. It tackles a complex concept in a clear,un...
  • Dan
    If you are one of those who continually finds yourself on what Bridges calls the "performance treadmill" this book is for you. This book is an excellent antidote when we all to frequently try to merit God's favor by our works. Yet Bridges is also careful to point out that grace is not license to sin. This book will help you understand how important grace is for daily living and not just for salvation. How often to we mentally measure Christian su...
  • Mark
    For me this book was a mixed bag. I do not share a couple of the author's underlying assumptions used as a starting point. The first is his Calvinist theology and its primacy on the sovereignty of God in dealing with the world, the people, and sin. The second is related to the first point: namely the perspective on Christ's atonement. The author assumes the forensic, penal-substitution model of atonement. Readers who share the author's assumption...
  • Linda
    Transforming Grace is the first book by Jerry Bridges that I have read. This book describes what God’s Grace is and is not, along with His unconditional love. He doesn’t want the believer to misunderstand the walk of faith–that it’s ‘walked out’ by God’s grace, not by our own ability. Jerry’s book is thorough, giving many Biblical descriptions to explain his points. He touches on 1)the performance treadmill, 2)who needs grace, 3)c...
  • Jeanie
    Very much liked this book. It reminded me of the Chronicles of Narnia and Edmond and how he experinced grace. If you remember Edmond treated others that he was deserving. He was angry, jealous, bitter and resentful. All traits of someone who does not live in grace. You might think living thru WWII and being taken from his family might be excuse for that thinking and that might be but if you want to be free, those are the chains that keep you ther...
  • Robert Murphy
    This is a good book, but I had to read it in an awkward way. Since it was for class, I had to read four chapters at a time and take a week off in between. As such, I became paranoid that Bridges is one of those "hyper-grace" people. (The old name is Anti-Nomian). He spends the first six chapters arguing so strongly against any action as Legalistic self-justification that I felt there was no room left to breathe! Eventually, as I kept reading, I s...
  • Mike E.
    A good read, clarifying & reminding the believer of the meanings and centrality of grace.QUOTES:Scripture speaks of both the holiness we already possess in Christ before God and a holiness in which we are to grow more and more. The first is the result of the work of Christ _for_ us; the second is the result of the work of the Holy Spirit _in_ us. The first is perfect and complete and is ours the moment we trust Christ; the second is progressive a...
  • Steve Hemmeke
    Outstanding.Bridges wants believers to keep living by grace after they trust in the grace of Christ the first time. We are not only justified by God's mercy. We are also sanctified by His grace.We too often fall into the trap of Galatians 3:3, trying to complete our salvation, to become holy, by our own performance. We want to make it up to God, or we want to obligate Him to favor us by our good behavior.We can also forget what grace is for: to c...
  • Jonathan Coleman
    Too many Christians see sanctification as a process in which God has justified us and left us on our own to do better- or even work to remain saved. Though we "work out [our] salvation with fear and trembling," Bridges declares emphatically that the following verse is the driving force for every good that would ever come of us- "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure." Therefore, every moment of the Christian ...
  • Noah W
    This is one of those books that totally takes away your desire to write and causes you to be content with just reading.This book is very close to reading A.W. Pink; clear, concise words connecting Bible verses together.Here is a basic outline:1. Grace Alone: How we cannot earn our salvation and we are completely dependent upon Him.2. The Law: Why the Bible reflects the character of God and we follow His Word out of gratitude for what He has done ...
  • Jeff
    I can hardly think of books (other than the Bible, of course, from which this book relies heavily for its information) that are more important to a successful understanding of God and the successful Christian life. I might as well have blocked out passages that weren't informative and inspirational; they were so few. Jerry Bridges knocks us down a few pegs (well, let's face it, we in our human strength don't even have a peg to stand on--pardon th...
  • Rock Rockwell
    Bridges third book on Christian sanctification that brings 'grace' as the dominate theme and power in Christian growth. Bridges carefully details the transforming power of God's unconditioinal gift of the Spirit to us by applying the total work of Christ in our place. God's love working in and through us gives us the power to live an appreciative and loving life towards God and man, thus giving us the will to want to obey and live out God's word ...
  • Dele
    A very readable book about a challenging spiritual concept. One of my biggest criticisms about books like this is that the authors often seem hellbent on using every big word they learned in seminary school. Now I'm a huge fan of big words, but I don't read books to prove to people how smart I am, so I kind of resent it when people write books to prove how smart they are......but I digress. This book was none of those things; it was well-written ...
  • Lauren
    If ever there were an all encompassing book on grace, apart from the bible itself, I would imagine that this would have to be it. While at times the painstaking detail of this book can be a little slow, the 'a-ha' moments are frequent and valuable.Since I started reading I have been seeing God's grace everywhere and also seeing how much I fail to live by grace even though I have always claimed to. Bridges highlights how we truly underestimate the...
  • April Thrush
    I really needed to read this book, and I think most Christians need to as well. It was a life-altering read that convicted me many times. I have struggled with trying to earn the grace of God for a long time, without realizing that renders the very meaning of grace as void. I like the part where he talks about the two sides of grace people can slip into: legalism or license. I believe just about every Christian struggles with being too far on eit...
  • Lillie
    In the early chapters, I was thinking this was advocating "greasy grace"--since Christians are saved by grace and nothing can change God's love for us, we can do whatever we want. Then after several chapters of this, the author himself suggested readers might misconstrue the book to be saying just that. He then proceeds to show how grace alone motivates and enables us to become more Christ-like. Although I found some parts of the book confusing a...
  • Helen
    This is a thorough and comprehensive study on the subject of God's amazing grace. Before reading this book I thought I had a good understanding of grace, but I now realize that I probably will never comprehend the magnitude and depth of this wonderful gift given freely by our great God, at least not on this side of heaven. Jerry Bridges' writing style is engaging, clearly intended for all readers and not just pastors or theologians. It can seem r...