Item description for The Fruitful Life: The Overflow of God's Love Through You by Jerry Bridges...
Overview Drawing from the Book of Galatians, the author stresses the importance of bearing spiritual fruit, delving into the nine aspects of the "fruit of the Spirit," and revealing how to practice them in real life. Original.
Publishers Description As we desire to be more like Jesus, we want to live loving, joyful lives. Yet loving our enemies seems impossible. Even being patient with our family is often difficult. How can we put on the gentle garments of grace when we're so busy battling our old behavior patterns? Navigator author Jerry Bridges explains how to practice the "fruit of the Spirit" (Gal. 5:22-23): - love - joy - peace - patience - kindness - goodness - faithfulness - gentleness - self-control Learn how the Holy Spirit can help in your spiritual formation as you become a serious follower of Christ.
Community Description In this update to The Practice of Godliness, best-selling author Jerry Bridges explores nine aspects of the "fruit of the Spirit" as described in Galatians 5:22-23. Demonstrating the need for prayerful preparation and careful cultivation, Bridges shows you how to produce an abundant crop where it counts the most - in everyday life!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.53" Width: 5.31" Height: 0.49" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Oct 14, 2006
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
ISBN 1600060277 ISBN13 9781600060274
Availability 0 units.
More About Jerry Bridges
Jerry Bridges (born December 4, 1929, Tyler, Texas, United States) is an evangelical Christian author, speaker and staff member of The Navigators. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Pursuit of Holiness, which has sold more than one million copies. His devotional Holiness Day By Day garnered the 2009 ECPA Christian Book Award for the inspiration and gift category, and The Discipline Of Grace received a similar award in 1995 for the Christian living category.
Bridges earned his undergraduate degree in engineering at the University of Oklahoma before serving as an officer in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He joined Christian discipleship organization The Navigators in 1955, where he served as administrative assistant to the Europe Director, office manager for the headquarters office, Secretary-Treasurer of the organization, and as Vice President for Corporate Affairs before moving to a staff development position with the Collegiate Mission.
His most popular book, The Pursuit of Holiness, has sold over one million copies.
Jerry Bridges currently resides in Colorado Springs, in the state of Colorado.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Fruitful Life?
The fruit of the Spirit is God's love overflowing through us. Jul 23, 2008
Very highly recommended. We studied a chapter a week as a family. It is very well written and thorough.
solid stuff for every one who wants to grow in the Spirit :) Nov 24, 2007
I've been reading The Fruitful Life...and before I've even finished reading it the first time, I've had to order a few copies to share as Christmas presents! Previous works by Bridges I have read all or parts of, I found to be a little meaty and overwhelming for my needs and personality. But this book takes the best elements of his style and focus on the Word, and gives an extensive overview of Galatians 5:22-23 that is very applicable to our daily lives in today's world, challenging the reading in a good way without overwhelming the reader in a negative way. Those who have studied the Word for years and those who are new believers can all benefit from the simple yet straight-forward nature of this book.
Before you read this book... Nov 15, 2007
As with all books from Jerry Bridges, this book is also firmly rooted in the scriptures. Bridges explores nine aspects of the "fruit of the Spirit" as described in Galatians 5:22-23. But I want you to know that this book is derived from his earlier book "The Practice of Godliness" (ISBN-10: 0891099417) which examines what it means to grow in Christian character and helps us establish the foundation upon which that character is built. It contains all the chapters in this book plus some more wonderful chapters adding up about 50 pages. So, if you are interested in studying this topic in more detail, I suggest you read the earlier book.
Practical and helpful wisdom Mar 31, 2007
One of the first Christian books I read was Bridges' The Pursuit of Holiness. He continues his tradition of very readable advice for everyday Christian living in The Fruitful Life. This is a practical book, filled with helpful insight. New Christians and mature Christians alike will benefit from the wisdom in this book. This is a great little guidebook for living lives worthy of the grace we've been given.
If you're like me, and you tend to avoid guidebooks in favor of thought-provoking books, there is something for you as well. Indirectly, Bridges brings up a concept that every Christian should consider: God is sovereign in everything yet we are not puppets (because we are responsible for what we do). Our actions and thoughts have eternal significance yet we are not free agents (because God's eternal plan determines all that comes to pass). This is non-trivial and may challenge our ideas about God and ourselves.
My Favorite Christian book so far... Oct 28, 2006
I love this book! "The Fruitful Life" is easy to read and like many other Bridges' books, it has plenty of Bible verses to back his words, so you know you are reading biblical sources. Best of all, this book contains study questions at the end of each chapter for you to read and meditate upon. "The Fruitful Life" is just what a Christian needs when it comes to "bearing more fruits" or "be more like Christ." This book teaches the basics of each fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, or simply Galatians 5:22-23.
For instance, before I read the chapter on Love, I thought love as in loving others like how God loves us or love others as much as yourself. Well, I was right in a sense but loving others also means that we give our time, energy and money. Loving others means we are to forgive them and show care for them. Loving others isn't just loving the one you love, but also loving the ones you don't love, or your "enemies" sort of speak.
We only know the "dictionary" meaning of these fruits but when it comes to how to practice them in life...Bridges got the answers.