The Blessing of Humility: Walk Within Your Calling   -     By: Jerry Bridges
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We all admire humility when we see it. But how can we practice this foundational Christian virtue---and incorporate it into our lives? Shining a light on the Beatitudes, Bridges explores the links between humility and poverty of spirit, mourning over sin, hungering and thirsting after righteousness, enduring persecution, and seeking God's grace. Includes a discussion guide for personal or group use. 128 pages, softcover from NavPress.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1631466232
ISBN-13: 9781631466236

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We all admire humility when we see it. But how do we practice it? How does humility—the foundational virtue of the normal Christian life—become a normal part of our everyday lives?

Jerry Bridges sees in the Beatitudes a series of blessings from Jesus, a pattern for humility in action. Starting with poverty in spirit—an acknowledgment that in and of ourselves we are incapable of living holy lives pleasing to God—and proceeding through our mourning over personal sin, our hunger and thirst for righteousness, our experience of persecutions large and small, and more, we discover that humility is itself a blessing: At every turn, God is present to us, giving grace to the humble and lifting us up to blessing.

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    August 5, 2016
    danni
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    Humility has been lost in this modern day me world. Bridges uses this book to emphasize that Jesus taught and exemplified humility as one of the greatest blessings one could attain.

    The character trait of humility is the second-most frequently taught trait in the New Testament, second only to love. I regard these two traits as the foundational stones of Christian character. All other characteristics, in one way or another, are built upon love and humility.

    The person who is poor in spirit recognizes that his or her best deeds are always mingled with the corruption of ones sinful nature, with impure motives, and with imperfect performance. At the same time, those who genuinely see their spiritual poverty do not wallow in it. Instead, they look to Christ and His Cross for cleansing from their sin.

    Bridges delves into the longest recorded sermon from Jesus in the Gospels: The Sermon on the Mount. He believes that each of the Beatitudes addressed in this sermon point us to the lovingly humble lifestyle of Christ. Our guide will be Jesus Himself, who began His longest recorded sermon with a litany of countercultural blessings known to us as the Beatitudes. Taken together, they offer a portrait of humility in action, something which God commands and which God promises to bless.

    The book also includes a Discussion Guide to help dive into the Beatitudes and concept of humility even further.

    i received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Book Review: The Blessing of Humility
    June 23, 2016
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    In "The Blessing of Humility," Jerry Bridges reminds Christians that we are all called to a life of humility as exhibited by our Lord Jesus during His earthly ministry. Bridges focuses on the Beatitudes as the blueprint to illustrate how true humility can only be practiced through a proper understanding of the gospel itself. In each chapter, the author illustrates how each of these blessings can be experienced by those washed by the blood of Jesus who humbled Himself and died for us on the cross. The material is infused with examples and reflections from Bridge's wide-spanning ministry and his deep love for God's Word. Moreover, I appreciate how Bridges constantly reminds believers that humility is not something that happens overnight or by chance but is a fruit of the Spirit that is the result of the Holy Spirit's transforming power. On the other hand, the author urges believers against falling into spiritual laziness and emphasizes our responsibility in continuously striving for spiritual growth and holiness. Overall, the book is very accessible as Bridges jumps right into the central message of each beatitude and how it can be applied to the Christian life.

    I would gladly recommend this book on humility to all Christians. In our society today the call to humility is often drowned out by the dominating messages of selfishness and self-esteem. For Christians however our humble attitude comes from realizing our inadequacy outside of Christ. Bridges hopes for believers to understand that humility is not an option for followers of Christ as we are called to exhibit that same humility every day of our lives. The Beatitudes are not simply encouraging words that Jesus used to comfort those who are oppressed, rejected, and abused in the present of a future state of heavenly bliss. Instead, Bridges argues that these proclamations are present imperatives that Christians need to strive for on the path to learning how to humble ourselves just as Christ did.

    In compliance with Federal Trade Commission guidelines, I received a review copy from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for a book review.
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    Jerry Bridges has been one of my favorite authors for a long time. I enjoy reading any book that is backed up with Scripture and is not preachy about how to live your life. I don't feel condemned or judged, I feel convicted and encourage when I read his books.

    The Blessing of Humility is no different. He fills this book with Scripture and gently pushes all of us (including himself) to the cross of Christ and His help, healing, and humility.

    Pride is the downfall in our lives far too often. The essence of why we sin is because pride tells us we know better than God. Well, Bridges, challenges us to stop giving in to those sinful tendencies and to lean upon the Lord. He goes through 8 chapters of brilliant chat leading you through the Beatitudes from Matthew and how they apply to true humility.

    I need more humility in my life for sure. How about you?

    Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.
  4. Temple, TX
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Easy to Understand; Full of Practical Truth to Apply
    May 31, 2016
    Janet
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    "The Blessing of Humility" came to me at just the right time. I really needed the message of this book. In fact, Ill be putting it right back onto my to-read list. This isnt something you read once and then youre forever done. Its something to practice daily.

    In this book, his last, I believe, Jerry Bridges teaches humility through Jesus words in the Beatitudes. He begins by stressing the importance of humility in the Christian life. Then he teaches us how to practice it step-by-step, one powerful verse at a time.

    I appreciated seeing the Beatitudes in this way. I also appreciated the comfort and encouragement Bridges provides. Humility is not an easy trait to integrate. In fact, without Gods Spirits help and the work and example of Jesus Christ, its impossible. It may be impossible to achieve perfectly in this life anyway, but Bridges encourages us to strive for excellence, to confess our failings as we become aware of them, and to keep on trusting in our Lords perfect faithfulness. The book is easy to understand and full of practical truth to apply.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for this honest review. I recommend you add it to your permanent library.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    What God Requires
    May 27, 2016
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    Reading the Beatitudes just a few days before this book came to my attention, I was struck with the thought, This is what humility looks like. This is who God wants me to be. Not a revolutionary thought, certainly, but a simple summation pitted against all the other voices proclaiming what a good life looks like. Does Christ ask me to make something of myself? To make sure my bosses know what a good worker I am? To make enough money to cushion against all the various things that can go wrong? Others may say so, but not Christ. According to the Beatitudes He wants something that looks quite a bit different than that alluring word success. He wants my poverty, my mourning, my meekness, my hunger for righteousness, my purity of heart. He wants me to be merciful and a peacemaker. As Bridges shows, in all of this He wants my humility. The Blessing of Humility ponders the way these characteristics are linked together in forming Christian character.

    Each chapter deals with a different sentence of the Beatitudes, looking at them through the lens of our relationship to God. We experience poverty of spirit when we recognize we have nothing but sin to offer God, and we mourn in sorrow when we see how this sin despises the One who offers Himself in love for us. This godly sorrow leads us to hunger and thirst for righteousnessboth the rightness with God that comes only through Christ, and the practical manifestation of this rightness in our choices. You might say that in all of this we are being broken, humbled in a way which changes our attitudes. We begin to show meekness: a responsiveness to the instruction of God, and submission to both the good and ill he ushers into our lives. Guided by mercy we show compassion to those in need, and forgiveness to those who wrong us. As peacemakers, we love enough to pursue the mending of relationships that have been broken. Subtly, we are growing in purity of heart, desiring God and His ways without competition. This transforms the way we respond to persecution, enabling us to seek the welfare of those, even, who despise us. The first half of the Beatitudes lead us in a path of humility towards God, the second apply this in humility towards others.

    This sermon-style exposition did not strike me as Tozer-esque as I was hoping, but its vision of a life submitted to our heavenly Father packs enough meat for a lifetime of working out our faith. The Blessing of Humility was my introduction to Jerry Bridges writings, which apparently came rather late as he just passed away this March. I felt like I was sitting under the tutelage of a man of faith who had walked the path with Christ with the steadfastness built up through many years of seeking. A man past the angst of younger spiritual days, now seeking Christs fellowship as a streamsomething dependable and steady, built of trust. Footsteps I want to follow. This is the kind of solid relationship with Christ the Beatitudes express, the outworking of a faith built of humility, demonstrated in the substance of transformation. I, for one, need that fresh sense of purpose, knowing that humility of heart (and all its implications) is something I can build my life around. Everything else can fall away.

    *I received a review copy from Tyndale House publishers in exchange for my honest review*
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