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Overview It's easy to trust God when everything's going your way. But what about when things go wrong? Learn the essentials of belief necessary to trust God completely.
WHY IS IT EASIER TO OBEY GOD THAN TO TRUST HIM? Because obeying God makes sense to us. In most cases, His laws appear reasonable and wise, and even when we don't want to obey them, we usually concede that they are good for us. But the circumstances we find ourselves in often defy explanation. When unexpected situations arise that appear unjust, irrational, or even dreadful, we feel confused and frustrated. And before long we begin to doubt God's concern for us or His control over our lives.
Adversity is hard to endure, and can even be harder to understand. If God were really in control, why would He allow the tragic auto accident or crucial job loss? How could He permit cancer in a loved one or the death of a child?
Grappling with His concern for us we ask, "Why is God allowing this?" or "What have I done wrong?"
In an effort to strengthen his own trust in God during a time of adversity, Jerry Bridges began a lengthy Bible study on the topic of God's sovereignty. What he learned changed his life, and he now shares the fruit of that study with you in Trusting God and this companion study guide.
As you begin to explore the scope of God's power over nations, nature, and the detailed lives of individuals, you'll begin to acknowledge His loving control. And as you come to know Him better, you'll find yourself trusting Him more completely. Even when life hurts.
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Studio: NavPress Publishing Group
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.375 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 1990
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
ISBN 0891092412 ISBN13 9780891092414
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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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Trusting God Jan 9, 2007
Jerry Bridges has taken a most basic principle of faith, trust, and shown us the depth of how learning to trust God in all situations can open to us a new world of peace, knowing the presence of God, and growing in the likeness of Christ.
Superb Book Feb 23, 1999
This timeless book is biblically accurate and helps explain in a clear way God's sovereignty and and love in His personal dealings with each one of us. The workbook forces one to grapple with tough issues in light of Scripture. I've been through the study with a group where one member had terminal cancer and one had a second trimester miscarriage. Everyone found it not only helpful, but hopeful as well. I'd highly recommend it.
A Real Life-Changer! Jan 28, 1999
As a Christian for 18 years, some books out of the many I have read stand out as true life-changers. Trusting God is one of them. One can read the Bible and books about God, go to church, pray to Him, and share with others about Him. But until we learn to really believe in His awesome power,interest and involvement in our lives, we fail to enjoy the truly rich life He offers us through trust in Him. Jerry Bridges teaches us this profound trust.
A well-written and biblically accurate source of comfort Nov 15, 1998
A well-written and biblically accurate source of comfort to those suffering. Finally, Christians have an answer to the popular book _When Bad Things Happen to Good People_ by Rabbi Kushner. I think the book is well-organized and theologically sound. Bridges clearly shows from a Bible perspective that God is sovereign, in control, and loving all at the same time.
I commend this book to anyone who is suffering from a set back or tragedy. Bring your tough questions and even your anger over "WHY?", Bridges shows rightly that God stands with open arms ready to comfort us in our point of need.
A misguided theology of an impersonal and uncaring god. Oct 18, 1998
Jerry Bridges seems to be stuck in a theology of the middle ages, like telling a child an ugly story to coerse him/her into some righteous behavior. He seems to have little understanding of the context of the apostle Paul's writings, and he takes every Biblical statement that suites his purpose to such a literal extreme that all hope of reality and usefulness is dashed. His writing is abundant with non sequiters and contradictions, and he seems to accept Pharisean philosophy without question, even though Jesus himself rebuked the Pharisees for their sortsightedness and ignorance. Time after time, Bridges himself admits that his Biblical quotes are out of context with their original meaning, so why does he use them, one must ask. Bridges, from this book, seems to have very little focus on the realities or joys of living in Christ, instead choosing to believe that we live in a spiritual vacuum, like a hermetically sealed botanical sphere, controlled through constant manipulations by an uncaring and impersonal god without regard for the natural mechanisms that God has himself put in place. Bridges' theology is cold, unloving, sterile and at times even capricious.
Bridges presents a mindless, ignorant approach to understanding the wisdom of God. Bridges' writing style is excellent, skillfully camouflagging his blindness and ignorance with abundant statements of God-praise and God-sovereignty, in the same way that a person might in conversation camouflage their disdain for another by applying many layers of compliments.
If I believed that God had the character and qualities ascribed to Him by Mr. Bridges I would have to reject such a god as unloving, uncaring, conspiring and cruel, an abusive father, mishcievious at best and diabolical at worst.