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Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God's Unfailing Love

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  682 ratings  ·  70 reviews
This book helps us accept and understand God's grace so we can live with the freedom of not having to measure up.
Paperback, 207 pages
Published July 1st 1993 by NavPress Publishing Group (first published 1991)
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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’s grace and nothing from us, yet Transforming Grace does a great job o
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Rebecca
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.
Mike Hyatt
Good. Solid. Biblical.

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18)
Will
THIS IS ONE BOOK THAT TRANSFORMED MY LIFE. IT HELPED ME TO UNDERSTAND LIVING BY GRACE INSTEAD OF LIVING THE UPS AND DOWNS OF MY OWN PERFORMANCE EACH DAY.
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.
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 success or our relationship with Christ based on per ...more
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 theology...how 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,understandable fashion. The back cover describes the
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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 change us into holy, free and obedient people of Go
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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)compelled by love, 4)holiness-a gift of God’s grace, 5)the sufficie ...more
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 saw that he is close to balanced, but I had already ...more
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 amount by the number of learners in your small group. ...more
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 assumptions will likely rate this book higher.

In spite of so
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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 there. Edmond was attracted to the white witch for the ...more
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 for us.

Both dispensationalists and theonomists wou
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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 full power and extent of God's grace in our lives
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Dave Tobin
Fascinating work on grace

This writer really brings to light the extent of God's grace in a deep and personal way. He backs up his teaching with scripture and references from other prolific Christian writers, poets, hymn writers, and pastors. A must read in order to attempt to understand the magnificent grace of God.
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 definitely need the reminder. I still haven't real ...more
Hannah Travers
Really enjoyed this book! A challenging and enlightening read. I didn't realize that I didn't actually understand God's grace before reading this book.
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 in every aspect of our life. However, when we fail ...more
Dele
Mar 23, 2008 Dele rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christians
Shelves: spirtitual-books
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 and is a great accompaniment to Scripture for begi
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Elizabeth
Really good but then 2/3rd in the book, it got repetitive. It was hard for me to finish it.
Colin McKay Miller
Note: This is a review for the discussion guide accompanying Jerry Bridges’ Transforming Grace, not the book itself (that gets four stars).

I have a simple rule for workbooks: Do they fill parts of the book in better? If so, the workbook gets good reviews and the actual book is usually criticized for not doing what it should. The Transforming Grace discussion guide is more busywork than anything else (though the summaries are quite good). It doesn’t hurt the lessons laid out by the book, but it
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Jesse
Bridges has a knack for being theological and devotional at the same time. This is the way it should be done. Our practical walk with Christ comes from our theological beliefs. So our prayer life and spiritual formation depends on what we believe about God. This book makes the crucial point that God's activity in our lives is grace. Grace isn't just for justification but also to make us more like Jesus in our inward person. When we trust in Christ for salvation grace begins flowing into our live ...more
Nachelle Real
Grace beyond Salvation.
Starr Cliff
This books is about law and grace and how we are made right with God. It reads like a textbook and took some work for me to get thru, but it was so good for me. Specially his teaching about the "unmerciful servant" resonated with me, as he looked at the parable from a perspective I had not heard before.
Ken
Second time through this book read it probably 8 years ago for the first time. I like it for its simple way of presenting. Bridges reminds us that we are righteous only by grace and that our efforts for self improvement are doomed to fail apart from grace. Does a great job on the role of the law to point out our failure and that the road to righteousness is not to be attained by our own efforts to fix ourselves but by looking unto Jesus the author and finsher of our faith.
Sheila Thoburn
I often believe that what good or bad happens to me is a result of my actions. And though it is true we all reap what we sow, it is also true that we do nothing to deserve God's blessings. All of his gifts to us are through his grace and as Christians we should reflect his character by showing grace to others. This book has helped me to learn this as well as other things. It was a wonderful gift that Valerie gave to our family one year. Thank you, Valerie!
Eric
Apr 20, 2008 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christians who try to do it on their own
Recommended to Eric by: Steve "Space Cowboy" Miller
Shelves: christian
I'm no Christian book homer - I've given threes to the beatified CS Lewis! Transforming Grace is not a complicated book. Straight forward, scripturally grounded; almost slap you in the face obvious - how could you miss it? Bridges has Christian culture pegged. We can rely on works just as much as those who have no concept of grace, and Bridges won't rest until we repent of our folly and embrace the full life that we are offered through grace.
Tania
Aug 17, 2011 Tania rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christians/those interested in Christian theology
Recommended to Tania by: A friend from church
This book was incredibly powerful for me. The concepts in the book are hard to articulate. You have to read it for yourself. If you are a Christian and you ever feel like you aren't 'good enough' this book will help you remember that God loves you no matter what. I think it is a must read. I am sad to have to give it back to the person who loaned it to me, and I'll be looking for a used copy, as well as a copy of the study guide.
Erin Kennedy
Good, but tough for me. Good reminders that the burden of earning God's approval does not fall on our shoulders. On the one hand, that is liberating. On the other, it confuses me. Is God unaware of what I do? Or does He not care? That doesn't make sense. Yet some discussions of this topic, particularly within the Reform theology world, make it seem as if our actions don't matter. Tough for me to understand at this point.
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JERRY BRIDGES is an author and conference speaker. His most popular book, The Pursuit of Holiness, has sold over one million copies. Jerry has been on the staff of The Navigators for over fifty years, and currently serves in the Collegiate Mission where he is involved primarily in staff development, but also serves as a speaker resource to the campus ministries.
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