Anyone who has read The Pursuit of Holiness will recognize the familiar, plain-English style and sense of Jerry Bridges. In the 20th Anniversary edition of Trusting God, Dr. Bridges takes the very deep & extremely important doctrine of Gods sovereignty & lays it out clearly, simply, well within the grasp of the newest convert, yet also satsifying for the most mature theologian.Bridges writes, The purpose of this book is twofold: First, I desire to glorify God by acknowledging His sovereignty and His goodness. Second, I desire to encourage Gods people by demonstrating from Scripture that God is in control of their lives, that He does indeed love them, and that He works out all the circumstances of their lives for their ultimate good (pg. 9). In this, Dr. Bridges accomplishes his goal.This book is categorized as Christian Living for the very good reason that its approach to the circumstances daily faced by the individual believer is both practical & personal; yet, the truths presented concerning the attributes of God would make this book equally at home in the Theology section.Those whose theology tends toward an emphasis upon man's free will can no doubt gain a better understanding of how Reformed thinkers generally view the goodness of Gods sovereignty; & those of us who stand firmly on the doctrines of grace will find a very compassionate presentation of this subject, which by Gods grace, may temper us away from a tendency to approach Gods sovereignty like the proverbial bull in a china shop, just because we see the urgent need to proclaim this truth in American pulpits today.A must-read for those who have never read it; a must-reread for those who already have. The sovereignty of God this book proclaims is more relevant today than it was twenty years ago during its 1st printing. I highly commend this book to anyone with a desire to worship God more deeply & commune with Him more intimately.
I recommend few books from the Christian Life section, but this is one of them. Aside from a balanced perspective on God's Soverignty and Human Freedom, it shows us the purposes God has in our suffering (or, at least, that he has purposes) with a very biblical understanding. One of the first books I recommend to my church members.
I am only beginning my journey with the Lord, yet I know that I have to TRUST HIM. Now knowing it and the actual knowledge of what I am doing is totally different. This book was a great aid to me, in more easily understanding what I am putting into practice in my everyday life. Faith with knowledge is so important to living in the Lord.
Jerry Bridges has written an excellent book! It is very practical, not just a theological treatise. I used it in conjunction with the study guide to teach a Sunday School class after a difficult season in our church. Shortly after we started, a couple lost a son in an automobile accident. That is just one of the issues we addressed with Jerry's help. I highly recommend this book for your personal study or in a small group.