Jerry Bridges has discipled me from afar for years. I was first introduced to his book, The Pursuit of Holiness (affiliate link) around 10 years ago and it has left a lasting impression on my life. I was grateful for the opportunity to read and review The Fruitful Life: The Overflow of God’s Love Through You(affiliate link).
The Fruitful Life: The Overflow of God’s Love Through You (affiliate link) is an application oriented exposition of the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. I am deeply grateful an appreciative to the author for taking the time to flesh out the practical aspects of how fruit is produced in our lives. He does an outstanding job at bringing the reader in to focus on living a Christ-centered fruit-bearing life. He acknowledges an individuals reliance on the Holy Spirit of God to produce fruit, while at the same time calling the reader to responsibility. For example, in the chapter concerning humility the author writes, “Though not mentioned explicitly in Galatians 5:22-23, humility is surely a fruit of the Spirit, the result of His ministry in our hearts. But this ministry does not occur without deliberate, conscious effort on our part. The Spirit does not make us humble; He enables us to humble ourselves in these difficult situations” (57).
Each chapter contains excellent study and application questions that go well beyond most group study books that I have read. If read thoroughly and with a mind for application this book can change your life. This book is a great tool for understanding and applying the scripture to your life. It is designed to be useful for either individual study or study as a group.
If you are interested in purchasing a copy of The Fruitful Life: The Overflow of God’s Love Through You (affiliate link) the retail price is $12.99 (paperback), and is worth twice that. It is also available at places like Amazon.com for $10.39 (affiliate links). I gave it five stars.
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