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Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God's Unfailing Love

4.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,062 Ratings  ·  84 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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Jan 21, 2016 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was what I needed to read right now--not only personally but as a reminder for teaching at church how transformational understanding grace can be.

Jerry Bridges has a gift for writing clear sentences that convey deep subjects. Sometimes he can go a little long on a point, but it's not bad. Plus, he is very careful to be clear about God's work and our responsibility in the Christian life. I disagree with him on a few minor points, but overall I found it to be very helpful and encouraging
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
Nicole Rollins
Feb 26, 2016 Nicole Rollins rated it really liked it
Transforming Grace was a challenging read for me, perhaps because I am new in my walk with Christ. The idea that we are undeserving of God's free grace was not a difficult concept to grasp. What puzzled me throughout most of my read, and still puzzles me, is how grace is granted. Bridges reiterates throughout his novel that not only is God's grace free, but it is unmerited. There is absolutely nothing we can do that has any effect on the amount of God's grace that we receive. I can attest to rec ...more
Mike E.
A good read, clarifying & reminding the believer of the meanings and centrality of grace.


Scripture speaks of both the holiness we already possess in Christ before God and a holiness in which we are to grow more and more. The first is the result of the work of Christ _for_ us; the second is the result of the work of the Holy Spirit _in_ us. The first is perfect and complete and is ours the moment we trust Christ; the second is progressive and incomplete as long as we are in this life.

Alexis Neal
May 07, 2011 Alexis Neal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-books, religion
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
Mar 01, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 24, 2012 Mike Hyatt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
Mar 18, 2008 Will rated it it was amazing
Sep 07, 2007 Wade rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-living
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.
Mar 11, 2015 Lillie rated it really liked it
In the early chapters, I was thinking this was advocating "greasy grace"--since Christians are saved by grace and nothing can change God's love for us, we can do whatever we want. Then after several chapters of this, the author himself suggested readers might misconstrue the book to be saying just that. He then proceeds to show how grace alone motivates and enables us to become more Christ-like. Although I found some parts of the book confusing and didn't necessarily agree with everything in it, ...more
Sep 09, 2011 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 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
Steve Hemmeke
Sep 16, 2013 Steve Hemmeke rated it really liked it

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
Sep 04, 2010 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 28, 2011 Robert Murphy rated it liked it
Shelves: own, kindle
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
Mar 05, 2011 Greg Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 17, 2012 Mark rated it liked it
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
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
Jan 11, 2016 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anybody who thinks they have it all together, or thinks they are worthless.
Shelves: theology, christian
I can hardly think of books (other than the Bible, of course, from which this book relies heavily for its information) that are more important to a successful understanding of God and the successful Christian life. I might as well have blocked out passages that weren't informative and inspirational; they were so few. Jerry Bridges knocks us down a few pegs (well, let's face it, we in our human strength don't even have a peg to stand on--pardon the bad pun--in relation to our standing with God), ...more
Noah W
Nov 25, 2012 Noah W rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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
Mar 13, 2014 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Oct 21, 2015 Lyndon added it
I must have read this soon after Trusting God in early 1992. A number of good books on God's grace were coming out during this time - Chuck Swindoll's "The Grace Awakening," and later Philip Yancey's "What's So Amazing About Grace?" I'd recommend all of these.
Mar 29, 2015 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
This is the best book on grace I've ever read - and I've read quite a few. Bridges has the ability to move through a topic logically and sequentially without losing the heart behind it. This helped me to truly grasp how staggering God's grace is.
Lisa Gasiewicz
Sep 06, 2015 Lisa Gasiewicz rated it it was amazing
It is a transforming book. An amazing way to look at grace and see only by that grace are we able to have a relationship with God and go to heaven. There is nothing we can do to earn it ourselves. Just accept this wonderful gift.
Hannah Travers
Jun 10, 2014 Hannah Travers rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 10, 2007 Rock Rockwell rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-living
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
Mar 23, 2008 Dele rated it really liked it
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
Aug 15, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good but then 2/3rd in the book, it got repetitive. It was hard for me to finish it.
Mar 22, 2011 Jesse rated it it was amazing
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
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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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To lack what You withhold.
To relinquish what You take,
To suffer what You inflict,
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