The Fruitful Life. Jerry Bridges. NavPress. September 2006. Paperback. 192 pages.
It's taken me a while to finish reading this book, but I really liked it a lot. The Fruitful Life is a study focused on the fruit of the Spirit. The author started out by using the first two chapters to "examine how these traits are cultivated through devotion to God." Bridges uses a triangle to represent devotion to God with the three elements as its three points. The fear of God and the love of God form the base of the triangle and the desire for God is at the apex. These three elements are essential in developing a God-centered devotion. The third chapter addresses humility, although it isn't listed as one of the fruit of the Spirit, we wouldn't be able to cultivate the rest of the fruit in our lives without it.
Chapter's four through eleven are each devoted to examine one of the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness and goodness, faithfulness gentleness, and self-control. I especially like the last chapter, it's about seeking a deeper devotion. How can we grow in our devotion to God? Prayer, meditation on the Scriptures, worship, and quiet time. "Wholehearted God-centeredness bears fruit in our lives - The fruit of the Spirit." I really like that the author uses plenty of verses to back up everything he says, so you know you're reading a book that is biblically correct. This book would be a great resource to use in a bible study group or in your personal study of Galatians 5:22-23.
My Rating: 4/5 stars
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(This book was provided for review by Navpress Publishers.)