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It's easy to trust God when things go your way, but what about when things go wrong?
In an effort to strengthen his own trust in God during a time of adversity, Navigator author Jerry Bridges began a lengthy Bible study on God’s sovereignty. The revelations changed his life.
In Trusting God, he shares the scope of God’s power to help you come to know Him better, have a relationship with Him, and trust Him more—even when unjust things happen.
Tragedy, grief, loss, and death are part of life. Discover how Trusting God can reveal biblical truths about God.
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Incredible succinct summary of how God is working in our lives and in the world to accomplish His purpose. I have tried to understand how to trust God in difficult times. I was reminded in this text of all the scriptures that testify of God's sovereignty and that God may choose for a Believer to encounter "various trials" to make them all that He wants them to be. Thank you Dr. Bridges for your ministry through this book.
3/22/2012 3:45:19 PM
A must read!
Where is God when horrible things happen? What role does He play when it comes to job loss, the death of a child or loved one, a terminal illness, or other tragedies? Does He actually control all our circumstances, or do these bad things happen simply because we live in a sin-cursed world?
These are questions that I never gave much thought...until I found myself in the midst of my own tragic circumstances. It suddenly became a crucial issue in my life!
Jerry Bridges addresses this exact issue in Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts. If you've read my reviews of other books by Dr. Bridges, you know that I really enjoy his writing. I think this one is my favorite so far. He expresses what I came to strongly believe during that period in my life much more eloquently than I ever could. Dr. Bridges wrote this book based on a lengthy Bible study he did on the subject during a time of adversity in his own life.
He points out that most Christians find it much easier to obey God than to trust Him. We can handle things pretty well when His expectations are clearly laid out and we know what to do, but when life gets messy and we don't understand what's going on and can't see the outcome (or don't like the one we do see!), it's easier to place blame on other factors instead of trusting that God knows what He's doing.
The book begins by addressing this critical issue: Can we trust God? Is He trustworthy?
In the first half of the book, Dr. Bridges takes us through a thorough study of God's sovereignty over people, nations, and nature as taught in Scripture. In Chapter 7, he tackles the issue of our responsibility in light of God's sovereignty. The last few chapters address how God's wisdom and love factor in to the equation.
He wraps up by applying all we've seen of God's character personally: how we can know and experience God's love, and trust Him and be thankful, no matter our circumstances.
Dr. Bridges isn't afraid to tackle the tough issues brought up by the subject of God's sovereignty, and he does it with grace and humility. Trusting God is eloquent, Scripture-saturated, and encouraging.
Do yourself a favor...get and read Trusting God now so you'll be standing on a firm foundation when (not if!) circumstances seem to be trying to knock you off your feet!
(Thanks so much to Navpress for the review copy of this book. I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own.)
11/2/2010 11:02:22 AM
In Trusting God Even When Life Hurts, Jerry Bridges addresses questions about suffering in the life of Christians. A personal time of study and prayer evolved into this book on the sovereignty of God. Can we trust Him? Why does God allow suffering? Does He love us?
It has been my experience that books on suffering are best read when one is not suffering. I started this during a difficult time in my life and had to lay it aside until I was through that time. When I picked it up again, I found it to be helpful in understanding some of what I experienced. I liked the fact that there were many Scripture references and quotes from other Christians. The last two chapters on God's love were important to grasping the previous chapters and leaves us understanding why we can trust God. I would recommend this book if you're looking to read on the topic of suffering, hard times, and difficult situations.
Trusting God Even When Life Hurts is written by Jerry Bridges and published by NavPress. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
10/27/2010 8:26:25 PM
In Trusting God, author Jerry Bridges covers far more material than I can summarize in a brief review. Here are a few of the major points:
•Why we can trust God
•Why God allows us to go through trials
•How to trust Him in all circumstances
•How we can grow through adversity
•Why--and how to--choose to trust God
This book contains a wealth of solid information and wisdom. I'd like to share a few passages that I especially liked:
•"Trusting God is not a matter of my feelings but of my will. I never feel like trusting God when adversity strikes, but I can choose to do so even when I don't feel like it. That act of the will, though, must be based on belief, and belief must be based on truth." (page 52)
•"If you stop and think about it, you will realize that most godly character traits can only be developed through adversity. The kind of love that gives freely of itself at great cost to itself can only be learned when we are confronted with situations that call forth a sacrificial love. The fruit of the Spirit that is called joy cannot be learned in the midst of circumstances that produce mere 'natural' happiness." (page 128)
•"Trust is not a passive state of mind. It is a vigorous act of the soul by which we choose to lay hold on the promises of God and cling to them despite the adversity that at times seeks to overwhelm us." (page 214)
•"I once asked a dear saint of God who has experienced much adversity whether she found it as difficult to trust God in the minor difficulties of life as in the major ones. She replied that she found the minor ones more difficult. In times of major crisis she readily realized her utter dependence on God and quickly turned to Him, but she often tried to work through the more ordinary adversities herself. Let us learn from her experience and seek to trust God in the ordinary circumstances of life." (page 219)
(I received a copy of this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes.)
9/4/2010 11:10:28 AM
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I just finished reading Jerry Bridges book titled “Trusting God” and it occurred to me that we are lacking literature that deals with this most important subject matter. With tens of thousands of books published every year, why are there not more on trusting God? After all, isn’t that what the Christian life is all about? Instead, Christian publishers give us book after book dealing with “self-help” matters which only serve to keep our focus on the “self” and away from God. I guess you might call this a self-help book, but not of the same variety we have come to expect and that fill our bookstores. Bridges gives us self-help by way of self-surrender to God.
For those of you who have read any of Jerry Bridges work in the past, you will not find many surprises. “Trusting God” is easy to read, loaded with scripture, and it will make you think. A huge theme in this book is the sovereignty of God. Bridges reminds us that every Christian must have a robust understanding of the sovereignty of God. He cites numerous Scriptures to show us the sovereignty of God in literally everything. This is helpful because when we finally come to the point where we see that God is in control and that He can manage the affairs of our lives much better than we can, we are on the right path to trusting God. Along with that, Bridges affirms that we must understand that God is good, and is always working for our good and to glorify His name. If only more Christians truly understood this, it would help them through the ups and downs of life that everyone faces.
I would highly recommend this book to you, especially if you struggle to believe in the sovereignty of God.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
8/17/2010 11:15:06 AM