Book Review: The Pursuit of Holiness
One of my first seminary classes in Romania was on personal spirituality. The Pursuit of Holiness (NavPress, 1978, 2006) by Jerry Bridges was required reading.
A few months ago, I attended a Men’s Conference hosted by pastor Johnny Hunt. The Pursuit of Holiness was provided free-of-charge to every man in attendance. Reading the book a second time reminded me of why I enjoyed this book so much the first time.
In The Pursuit of Holiness, Bridges exposes the myths that we so easily believe regarding our holiness.
- Isn’t holiness God’s job? Shouldn’t I just let go and let God? In short, Bridges says, “No!” The Bible does not speak of holiness this way.
- I just can’t seem to get “victory” over sin. Bridges’ response? God calls us to obedience, not victory.
- At least the sins I commit aren’t that bad. Bridges says we should stop justifying our sin and realize that little compromises lead to great downfalls.
The Pursuit of Holiness is a helpful book on spiritual growth because it grounds our pursuit of holiness in the holiness of God himself. Do not expect a book of moralistic advice. Bridges’ work is grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the grace that comes from salvation. Rather than seeing free grace as a roadblock to holy living, he rightfully shows how the gospel is the driving force for a life of holiness.
If you are looking for a book on personal holiness, pick up Jerry Bridges’ classic work. He will encourage you, challenge you, comfort you, and then tell you: “God calls us to holiness. Now get on with it!”