Thursday, May 5, 2011

Book review: The Gospel for Real Life

The newest book that I received as part of the NavPress Blogger Book Review Program is one entitled The Gospel for Real Life, by Jerry Bridges.  Here's a bit about it, from the publisher's website:
The gospel provides for our eternal salvation, but how does it benefit us day to day?

Find out from Navigator author Jerry Bridges how the gospel transforms you daily into Christlikeness. Learn more about the character of God and the character of Jesus as you explore this book on your own or with a discipleship partner.
The author sums up the entire book right at the beginning with this comment: "All of us, regardless of how long we have known Christ, need to bathe ourselves in the gospel every day. I pray this book will help us do that."  And I think he definitely succeeds in his goal with this fantastic little book.  The Gospel for Real Life is neither long, nor complicated, nor full of big words.  It's a simple, straightforward preaching of the gospel. It covers every aspect of believing in Christ, from why we would want to be followers to what Jesus did on the cross for us, to reconciliation to God to the Great Commission. And everything in between.

This is the kind of book that I need to keep on my nightstand and constantly be reading through, so that I keep my mind on the importance of the gospel in my every day life. I think it's easy for us as believers to forget the depths of our need and the enormity of what Jesus did for us.  Daily life gets busy and we get caught up in the little things.  But this book helped me focus on the gospel and be thinking during my day about what it all means for my life. As I said earlier, the book isn't complicated and the chapters aren't long, so it's easy to read through one or two chapters at a time. Although brief, each chapter is full of simply presented truth, good examples, and lots of Bible verses.

In addition to the 16 short chapter in The Gospel for Real Life, there's also a nice guide at the back for individual or group study. If you're looking for an excellent book for your devotion or Bible study, I highly recommend considering this book.

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.”