The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges is a very practical book sustained by theological underpinnings that challenges the reader to take seriously the charge to “be holy, for I am holy” (cf. 1 Pet. 1:16). The book is a superb example of biblical exposition and a humble heart.
The book reads like a devotional, and the narrator is slow and soothing, which encourages deeper reflection on the truths and challenges throughout. I would suggest reading The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul prior to this one, as it gives a strong picture of the absolute holiness of God and would be a great vantage point for looking at our own pursuit of holiness. But Bridges’ book does provide a theological base, giving reasons why we should pursuit holiness and explaining the difference between justification and sanctification.
From there, the book hits home on every front, whether it be the importance of Bible study and reliance on the Holy Spirit for illumination, analyzing our actions, behaviors, habits, and thought life for holiness, dealing with temptation, and living as salt and light in a broken and fallen world.
The last chapter, which details the joy of holiness, could have come in the beginning, and it reminds me of John Piper’s Desiring God. From the numerous quotations from John Owen and other Christians past and present, Jerry Bridges has written a book that is grounded in Scripture, reformed in its heritage, and practical to the Christian walk. I strongly recommend it.
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