The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

The Pursuit of Holiness

"Be holy, for I am holy" commands God to His people. But holiness is something that is often missed in the Christian's daily life. According to author Jerry Bridges, that's because we're not exactly sure what our part in holiness is. In The Pursuit of Holiness, he helps us see clearly just what we should rely on God to do--and what we should accept responsibility for ourselves.

Details The Pursuit of Holiness

TitleThe Pursuit of Holiness
Release DateJan 31st, 2006
GenreChristian, Christian Living, Religion, Theology, Nonfiction, Christianity, Faith

Reviews The Pursuit of Holiness

  • Natalie Vellacott
    "The pursuit of holiness is a joint venture between God and the Christian. No one can attain any degree of holiness without God working in his life, but just as surely no one will attain it without effort on his own part." I love Jerry Bridges books. They are simple, down to earth and practical, yet they also convict and challenge. A book like this is the solid alternative to books like Desiring God by John Piper. Instead of focusing on how to ma...
  • Alex
    In The Pursuit of Holiness, author Jerry Bridges urges us to live a life of obedience to God, striving for increasing victory over sin. The first few chapters define and argue the need for holiness. The rest of the book includes exhortation and practical tips for attaining greater holiness.I listened to the audiobook version. Narration is as important as writing style when you’re listening to a book and while narration was competent I found it ...
  • Sarah (Gutierrez) Myers
    Jerry Bridges paints a fairly familiar picture in this book: new Christian enthusiastically expects his faith to carry him above sin, and quickly realizes the surprising truth that the Christian life doesn't actually work that way. He falls into despair because if he was really a Christian, he should be walking in victory, right? And then there are all those well-meaning people ready to assure that struggling Christian that there is no need to be...
  • Elsa K
    Wow is about all I can say. I have read this book before, but this time I was so slow going through it. My stage of life is so different and I find it hard to read 'theologically deep' books with the little ones running around and feeling exhausted at the end of the day. I could only seem to read it when I was at a coffee shop away and I could actually think through what I was reading. This is the type of book I could probably read a hundred time...
  • Josh Morgan
    This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café ( recently received a complimentary copy of Jerry Bridges' audiobook version of The Pursuit of Holiness in order to review it (without any expectation of a positive review, as will be obvious here :) ). I had several theological problems with this book that bleed over to the larger issues of some of holiness movements. Let's go through these by way of ...
  • Sarah Marie
    5 stars. This book really pushed me and forced me to evaluate my relationship with God. For that reason alone, this book is worth all the stars. Review to come.
  • Kara
    I recently had the opportunity to review The Pursuit of Holiness by Dr. Jerry Bridges. If you've read my reviews of several of his other books, you know that I really appreciate his writing. Dr. Bridges is able to communicate and practically apply biblical truth very effectively, with a humility and grace rarely seen. The Pursuit of Holiness is no exception. The book is definitely deserving of it's reputation as a "modern classic"!While his book ...
  • JonathanT
    SO THIS WAS GREAT. Not nearly as eye-opening as Respectable Sins, but still a fantastic read! I honestly just love Jerry Bridge's style so much. He writes in a way that's smooth and easy to read/understand. He doesn't try and use flowery language or big words to try and impress readers- he's straightforward, honest, and down-to-earth. I also really like how he can walk fine lines and deal with issues in sensitive, heartfelt ways. He uses examples...
  • Ellen Trautner
    I can't believe I've never read this before! What kind of Navigator am I? Of course I loved it. It's practical, it's convicting, it's uplifting, and it's something to read again and again. I loved his point about it takes just as much faith to be obedient as it does to claim promises. Sometimes I want to skip straight to the "victory" over something, sin, etc, and I forget that it's more about the daily steps of obedience. I've read several books...
  • Daniel Ogweno
    This is one of the books that I read shortly after I got saved. I can't remember the details of what I read but I can tell that I liked the book very much. I remember one thing though: That holiness is not optional.I am looking forward to re-reading this book again. I will make detailed review when I do so.
  • booklady
    If you consider that the Number One attribute of God is Holiness and the first Commandment He gives us is to love Him, pursuing this virtue makes perfect sense. In fact, the author asks, why don't we hear more about this? Why are we so complacent about our own sanctity? Are we expecting Him to take care of it for us or do we think there's not much we can do? Holiness is not a word most of us use in our everyday conversations and it does look a li...
  • Rick Davis
    A good, solid book on holiness. It may have been slightly imbalanced. There was plenty of " out your own salvation with fear and trembling..." but maybe not enough of "...for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure" if that makes sense.
  • Kelly
    Excellent read. Very thought-provoking with clear steps for immediate application in one's life. I'll return to this one for years to come.Side note: This book is a nice companion read to John Owen's "Temptations" as they essential deal with the same topic.
  • John Uit
    One of the best ground level books on sanctification out there. This book is life changing. It helped to reconcile some of the “what is up to God” and “what is up to me” controversy in my mind. Highly recommend!
  • MC
    The Pursuit of Holiness is one of those modern stalwarts read by many evangelicals the past quarter century or so since it's publication. The book is a short, but very thorough, book that deals with the subject (obviously, given the title) of holiness.I decided to read the book after seeing a friend's review of it, and I must say that I was both surprised and convicted. I was surprised in how much about the subject of holiness I did not know abou...
  • John Gardner
    I waited far too long to read this book... but better late than never!Jerry Bridges' now-classic book on holiness has instantly vaulted up my list of must-read recommendations. It is the perfect blend of biblical exposition and practical application, which treads the delicate balance between God's sovereignty and man's responsibility.Drawing on a metaphor from the world of farming (a tactic borrowed from Christ's earthly ministry), Bridges teache...
  • Debra
    Excellent! This is a must-read for all Christians. It's challenging. It's encouraging. It's very readable. This has been a life-changing book for me, and one I will read again and again.Book Description:“Be holy, for I am holy,” commands God. But holiness is something that is often missed in the Christian’s daily life. According to Navigator author Jerry Bridges, that’s because we’re not exactly sure what our part in holiness is.In The ...
  • Lauren
    Started going through this in discipleship in January of 2017, and finished in December of 2017! 12 amazing easy to chapters about walking in holiness. Jerry Bridges is a great author and always came back to Scripture to support all of his statements. This book covered all about walking in holiness, walking in the world, growing closer to God, how we are to become holy, and so much more. So thankful I was able to go through this book with Mrs. Cl...
  • Becky Baylous
    I highly recommend this book. I have learned so much. It brought many things to my attention that I wasn't aware of and has me on the right track to the pursuit of holiness.
  • Emily
    What I valued about this book was its practicality. Bridges not only defines holiness but offers methods to actually develop it. It's a solid tool both for new believers and for those who, like me, have been walking a long time and have gotten burnt out on the narrow road.From a readability aspect, the book could benefit from some editing and the use of choice headers to break up the text. I also wish that the final chapter—the one that touches...
  • Peter N.
    A fantastic book on Christian holiness. Avoids both being too general to be any good and being so specific that it becomes legalism. Bridges book is quite the contrast to much current teaching on sanctification. He is clear and plain and therefore he hits the target, unlike many today whose teaching is like a soft nerf bullet. He does not qualify things to death constantly saying things like, "Well I don't mean that." He says simply we must be ho...
  • Ty Lukasiewicz
    Jerry bridges writes a good one here. I enjoyed the pursuit of holiness. It reminded me of the mortification of sin by John Owen except this ones a little easier to read due to his more modern English writing style. Jerry bridges encourages Christians to pursue Godliness and holiness. He talks about habits and how to stop them or keep them if they are good ones. Writes about how Christians should act by giving us examples of how Christ acted. Goo...
  • Amanda
    Good, quick read on how we really need to take seriously the pursuit of holiness. Is our goal to not sin much, or to not sin at all? I like how he gives examples of people who lived faithful lives and recommends studying them to continue to be encouraged to pursue a holy life. Nothing wowing, but a good, encouraging listen.
  • Emily Perrine
    Bridges speaks of the synergism in practical Christian holiness. He writes of the command of holiness in regard to every area of our lives. The most practical book I’ve read in how we are to be conformed to the image of Christ.
  • Rachel Yoder
    A work written both from theology and the heart. It's in my top three favorite books. I definitely recommend every Believer read it for the exhortation and teaching and freedom that it reminds us that we have found in Christ.
  • Mary Rose Relente
    If you're looking for a book to understand more about the Holy Spirit and its gracious work in a Christian's life, this book is for you. Helped me a lot.
  • Jess Waters
    Such a great book! Definitely one to read more than once as is jam-packed with key truths and wisdom for pursuing biblical holiness. Highly recommend! 👌
  • Victoria
    Excellent and thoroughly supported by heaps of Scripture. Slow is the way to go with this book."A book by Jerry Bridges"
  • Steven Colborne
    Jerry Bridges is an American author who has written many books about the Christian walk with God. This particular title has sold more than 1,500,000 copies worldwide, and it’s easy to see why. The book is very appealing to the committed Christian due to it’s heavy reliance on scriptural references and the simple and engaging writing style of the author.Throughout the book there are often scriptural references that are paraphrased with the Bib...