I’ve had the privilege to read at least 5 books written by author Jerry Bridges. All of his books have been a tremendous blessing to my life. This latest and final book of Jerry Bridges has been a blessing as well (he passed away earlier this year).
There have been many books written on the subject of humility. This book that adds to that collection focuses on the beatitudes as teaching tools for us to have more humility in our lives. Chapter 1 sets up the discussion of humility with chapters 2 through 9 dissecting the beatitudes. Chapter 10 focuses on the connection between humility and the gospel of Christ. Every now and then the author will use personal examples from his own life to highlight the point he is trying to make. At the end of the book, there is a piece taken from a memoir the author wrote in 2014 that demonstrates the power of humility in his life. He shares about his childhood and the blessings that have come through seeing childhood as a humbling experience. The book has only 119 pages and probably could be read in one day.
What I’ve always loved about books written by Jerry Bridges is that they get to the point of what they’re trying to say. While there is nothing wrong with a lot of stories and examples, I’m the type of person that likes to get to the point. This book is the same in that it focuses heavy on the content and point he’s trying to make. This book was further confirmation of my need to be more humble. I never thought of the beatitudes as a teaching tool in teaching humility. If you choose to read this book, I would encourage you to read it with a mindset of self-evaluation with a determination to be better. You will never be the same as you read and apply the information given.
Last but not least, let me take a moment and thank God for the life and legacy of Jerry Bridges. As I mentioned up top, Mr. Bridges passed away earlier this year. Therefore, this book, if I’m not mistaken, was the final book published by Bridges. From all accounts, Bridges was a very humble teacher of God’s Word. It is actually kind of ironic that Bridges final book is on a subject matter that he’s been known for: humility. Special prayers go to his wife and family as they continue to heal.
Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complementary copy of this book.