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The Practice of Godliness

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Scripture tells us that God has given us "everything we need for life and godliness." But what makes a Christian godly? In this book, Navigator author Jerry Bridges examines what it means to grow in Christian character. Learn more about the character of God as you grow a deeper relationship with Him. Establish the foundation upon which godly character is built and continue ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 15th 1996 by NavPress Publishing Group (first published 1983)
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John
Jun 07, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
I gave up writing dow quotes in chapter 3, but there were many more things that struck me. This was a very challenging and encouraging read. I specifically recommend the first 3 chapters.

Quotes that stood out to me as I read:
Ch. 1: VALUE FOR ALL THINGS
"The definition of godliness we will use in this book is devotion to God which results in a life that is pleasing to Him." (pgs. 15-16)

Ch. 2: DEVOTION TO GOD
"The practice of godliness is first of all the cultivation of a relationship with God, and
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Cindy
Aug 11, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it
If you are serious about your relationship with God and want to walk closer with Him, you may find this book very helpful.
Matthew
Dec 31, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-living
Reading Bridges reminds me of the sufficiency of Scripture--his books are so drenched with Scripture. recommended.
Brandy Brow
Oct 27, 2016 Brandy Brow rated it it was amazing
I bought this study as a new Christian twenty years ago and never did it until now. Since I'm no longer a new believer the attributes are not new, but I'm pleased the material deepened my understanding to build on what God and His word have been teaching me over the years. I think I absorbed them better and am better able to apply the lessons now than if I had done this study when I first bought it. I highly recommend this book with the accompanying study guide.
Andrew Strenn
Dec 07, 2016 Andrew Strenn rated it really liked it
A very good book.

Godliness: Devotion to God that results in a life that is pleasing to Him.

The book discusses a devotion to God that results in our pursuing godly character.
Felipe
Dec 26, 2016 Felipe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: monergismo
Bom!
Sunflower
Nov 28, 2010 Sunflower rated it it was amazing
In, “The Practice of Godliness“, Jerry Bridges explores the nature of what does it mean to be godly and to leave a godly life and the importance it plays in the Christian Life.

At 226 pages and complete with the “Practice of Godliness” study guide, “The Practice of Godliness” was and is an intriguing read and good for not only personal exploration and development as a follower of Christ, but for group settings as we are called to understand what it means to be a godly Christian and particularly a
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Mandy J. Hoffman
May 06, 2010 Mandy J. Hoffman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own, blog-reviews
MY REVIEW:

The Practice of Godliness is a wonderful book for any believer to read; and re-read. However, when used hand-in-hand with the Discussion Guide, it makes this book even better. If that is possible!

A lot of books these days come with discussion guides built in or on the side, but this duo takes a different twist on the use of such a guide. This is designed to do the discussion guide first and then read the book. While this seems backward at first, it actually aids in the learning. You st
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Laverne Ombadykow
Feb 20, 2011 Laverne Ombadykow rated it it was amazing
It took me a month to work through this entire small group curriculum, but it was worth it. I learned that growth in godliness requires hard work and that nothing belongs to me (I can't take it with me when I die). What is really important and will make me content is godliness, and training for godliness is my personal responsibility. Reading the Bible, praying, memorizing scripture and meditation are the tools I need to grow in various areas that are identified in the book. Although the respons ...more
Douglas
Aug 19, 2015 Douglas rated it it was amazing
Excellent exhortation and instruction about the practice of living a godly life; the practice of godliness. It would be good to re-read this book, or parts of it, about every 6-12 months; or even more often. One could use this book as a companion to regular Bible reading also.

Godliness is first of all about living your life in a close personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ in the power of His Holy Spirit. It is a general three-in-one fear-love-desire focus for the Triune God; the f
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Amydeanne
May 31, 2010 Amydeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Practice of Godliness
“Godliness has value for all things” 1 Timothy 4:8
by Jerry Bridges

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What is godliness?

What Makes someone godly?

These are some of the questions that Jerry poses in the beginning of his book. He provides a captivating study of God's word and how to understand our part in learning to be godly. This is his follow up book to Pursuit of Holiness (which I have not read).

The book is broken deliberately into three sections - each covering parts of
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Cafelilybookreviews
Apr 26, 2010 Cafelilybookreviews rated it liked it
The Practice of Godliness by Jerry Bridges is the sequel to The Pursuit of Holiness. While The Pursuit of Holiness focused on dealing with sin in our lives, The Practice of Godliness focuses on growing in Christian character.

The author states that “the practice of godliness is an exercise or discipline that focuses upon God.”

We cannot please God without taking time to walk with Him and develop a relationship with him. This new book teaches readers that devotion to God always results in Christian
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Mindy Detweiler
May 19, 2010 Mindy Detweiler rated it liked it
My Take: I think that with most Christians nowadays (myself included until recently) we think that as long as we are attending every church service going to all the programs that the church has to offer that we are doing what we should be doing. I have noticed that alot of Christians are doing that but they feel like something is missing. This book address that issue very well.


Mr. Bridges says in this book that the crucial characteristic of our growth in godly devotion is to have a balanced app
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Chad Warner
Apr 07, 2013 Chad Warner rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christians
Recommended to Chad by: Kim Warner
This is a well-written, Biblically sound book about practicing godliness. Each chapter covers a different character trait, such as humility, thankfulness, and peace. My wife and I read this for devotions. It worked well because it includes so many Bible verses and just the right depth (neither too shallow nor too theologically dense).

Notes
“Though the power for godly character comes from Christ, the responsibility for developing and displaying that character is ours.” “We are both personally resp
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Joy
Oct 01, 2010 Joy rated it it was amazing
We finished this book that we'd been doing for Sunday school. Bridges breaks down by chapter qualities of godliness (toward God): humility, contentment, thoughtfulness, joy; (toward self): holiness, self-control, faithfulness; (toward others): peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, goodness, love. A quote I must remember: "We must remind ourselves that God has not seen fit to make our minds the depository of the sum total of His teaching." And: "Discontent is questioning the goodness of God." We ...more
Charlie
Jun 26, 2012 Charlie rated it really liked it
Definitely not the easiest read I've had this year, but definitely one of the greatest.

Bridges brings conviction, directness, and hope as he digs deep into what it looks like to really seek to build a discipline of following Jesus with your life.

This book took me almost 3 months to read, and I actually read about 5 others before I finished it, simply because it isn't a very sexy read. Bridges doesn't "Put it in a way you'll understand." He doesn't reference movies and books, he doesn't pursue th
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Kelli
I read this book for my internship at a christian camp. I thought it was very practical and their was always things to underline or to take away from this book. The messages on Godliness is very reaffirming. Its definitely a book that holds good, much needed lessons and encouragement on becoming more like Christ. Jerry Bridges also writes the 'why' of things. Why we should be Godly, and he uses examples in Paul's writings of the New Testament. I don't think that Jerry Bridges is an earth shatter ...more
Susan Henn
May 14, 2016 Susan Henn rated it liked it
Shelves: religious
5/2016 The first few chapters reviewed the points the author made in The Pursuit of Holiness. The rest of the book explored the traits and characteristics we should practice to become more like Christ. Although there were some dated statements (written in 1983 - i.e. most women stay home and are homemakers), overall the discussion on spiritual gives and godly trains was convicting. I especially liked the distinction that some of the traits reflect the character of God and other traits acknowledg ...more
Leslie
Jun 18, 2011 Leslie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Megan
Shelves: christian-living
This is one of my favorite devotional books so far. I've always loved Bridges for his approach to the delicate relationship between faith and works as found in the Scriptures. This book is a great follow up to The Pursuit of Holiness, but I think it goes even further and does a better job handling the topic. One of the cornerstone verses from the book was Colossians 3:12, "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness ...more
Lori
Dec 12, 2010 Lori rated it it was ok
Shelves: faith, 2010
The points made in the book are good to be reminded about. He offers practical advice for "growing" the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. This would be a good book for someone who is studying the fruit of the Spirit for the first time.

My main complaint about this book is that I have trouble following his writing. The writing is a bit dry. And I found, on more than one occasion, that I just didn't follow his train of thought. This is probably more me than him... I just struggle more with his book
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Brian
Jun 07, 2010 Brian rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-living
Being mentored as a young Christian this was one of the first 5 books I read, it was foundational in my thinking, it guided my paths to a better devotional life and a need for a more pious and gracious disposition as I was coming from a hard secular military life.

With a large portion of this book concerning the fruit of the spirit, you get commentary from a very godly man on what should be happening in your life if the grace of God is upon you for Jesus said "By their fruit you shall know them
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Sue
Apr 09, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this might be a bit dry, but it was an inspiring and encouraging read. Explanations of godliness with two main aspects: deep devotion to God, and the building of godly character. Plenty to ponder. A little old-fashioned in places, and I didn't agree with every word, but overall well worth reading.

Re-reading two and a half years later, I had the same impressions. Rather dry at first and surprisingly dated in language, given that it was written as recently as 1983. But lots to ponder, a
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Jan
Jul 18, 2008 Jan rated it really liked it
i honestly don't remember the details of this book, but i remember really loving it. (i must need to read it again!) Let's see, I took some notes on this one...

Must train yourself in Godcenterness=devotion to God (humility, contentment, thankfullness, joy)

Must train yourself in Godlikeness=Christian character...this confirms reality of devotion

Godliness=devotion to God which results in a life that is pleasing to Him
Benjamin
Nov 28, 2013 Benjamin rated it really liked it
I believe it is a good book especially if it is studied within a group of few people. So if everybody is reading it during a week, they would have a time when they would get together and discuss about the chapter they've just read.
I prefer this one rather than the pursuit of holiness, which was prior to the practice of godliness.
Lyndon
Oct 21, 2015 Lyndon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paperback
Received this as a Christmas present in 1985, so must have read it within a few months of that. It's a companion to Bridges' first book, The Pursuit of Holiness, and a strong discipleship book, which NavPress was known for. I remember being challenged by these books back in college. Probably should revisit them.
Andy Hickman
Jan 09, 2015 Andy Hickman rated it liked it
Modern classic.

Jerry Bridges commenting on holiness says, “We are both personally responsible and totally dependent in our practice of godliness. We cannot change our hearts; that is the exclusive work of the Holy Spirit. But we can and must avail ourselves of the means he uses.” (p, 156.)

Jerry Bridges, The Practice of Godliness (Colorado Springs, Colorado: NavPress, 1983)
Sarah Congdon
Aug 22, 2008 Sarah Congdon rated it really liked it
I am currently doing this book for a ladies Bible Study. It has challenged me to have a consistant quiet time and really helped me pray with more ferventcy. It stresses the basics of Christian living in a practical way.
Craig
Oct 14, 2013 Craig rated it really liked it
Very practical, hard hitting, and challenging. Just what I look for in a spiritual growth book. I have really grown to like Jerry Bridges writing's. While I rate this book as very good, my favorite is still "The Pursuit of Holiness", though this was a great follow up.
Dean
May 03, 2013 Dean rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
Just finished this extremely helpful and well written book. It deserves to be read slowly and some thought applied to what it covers. It will help anyone wishing to understand the qualities we as Christians are called to develop in our walk of faith.
Ken Haynes
Nov 16, 2011 Ken Haynes rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful followup to his other great book 'The pursuit of holiness'. Like bookends, these two volumes surround us in practical ways and principles to assist us in our progressive sanctification. I highly recommend this great book.
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JERRY BRIDGES was an author and conference speaker. His most popular book, The Pursuit of Holiness, has sold over one million copies. Jerry was been on the staff of The Navigators for over fifty years, and currently served in the Collegiate Mission where he was involved primarily in staff development, but also served as a speaker resource to the campus ministries.
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“Many people will profess faithfulness, but few will demonstrate it. The virtue of faithfulness is often costly, and few people are willing to pay the price. But for the godly person, faithfulness is an absolutely essential quality of his character, regardless of what it might cost.” 1 likes
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