I intentionally took a while to read Transforming Grace so I wouldn’t pass over anything too lightly. There is a danger in reading a book like Transforming Grace, in that experienced Christians feel that they are beyond the meat of the message. There may be a sense of, “been there, done that.” And to be honest the book doesn’t set out with any new truths (given the nature of the book, I wouldn’t expect it too). But there is a great value for mature Christians in reading Transforming Grace. While the truths are not new, they are still truths. While Jerry may belabor a few points, they are worth belaboring.
In Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God’s Unfailing Love Jerry does an excellent job in cutting the meat and doctrine of transforming grace into palatable and bite sized portions while maintaining an emphasis on the work of Christ. It’s a great read for new believers. Mr. Bridges has a knack for taking difficult topics and presenting them in an easy to understand fashion. Transforming Grace is also a great read for mature believers as well. The doctrine of grace is one that should never get old or tired. None of us are past grace. All of us have a proclivity to default to a works based system of favor with God. Believers come into a right relationship with God by faith, through the work of Christ, which is undeserved on our part, and indeed a gift of God’s grace.
There is also a companion Discussion Guide for Transforming Grace. It takes one or two chapters at a time and provides details and discussion points. The Discussion Guide seems like it would work well in a small group Bible study or book club. Reader’s interested in the topic of transforming grace may also want to check out John Piper’s book Future Grace.
If you are looking to learn more about God’s grace in the life of a believer, this book is for you. I highly recommend this book to believers new and old. The retail price is $14.99 (Paperback), and is available at a discount at Amazon.com for $10.19. The Study Guide is also available on Amazon.com for $9.99. I gave it five stars.
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