Monday, September 12, 2011

Book Review: Respectable Sins

This was a difficult book to read, not because the words were hard to understand, but because the words impacted so well, through the nudging of the Holy Spirit. For that, I must thank Jerry Bridges for writing this book, Respectable Sins.

So often if we mention the word 'sin', our minds naturally turn to the big, bad sins we see all around us in culture and society. While they may be big and bad, they're not what Bridges has in his sights here. Rather, 'This book is about sin - not the obvious sins of our culture but the subtle sins of believers.'

Following a great reminder of what the gospel is, how the good news saves us, and how it continues to sanctify us, Bridges then turns to a variety of 'decent' sins which we seek to overlook or excuse; sins we have accepted and made respectable: ungodliness, anxiety, discontentment, unthankfulness, pride, selfishness, lack of self-control, impatience, anger, judgementalism, envy, jealousy, sins of the tongue and worldliness. Using an array of illustrations and personal examples, he helps us uncover those sins within our hearts.

Oftentimes you'll hear that a book has changed someone's life; you may not believe it. This book really has - many times since reading this book I've been caught thinking/saying/doing something that was exposed in the book, so that I have been helped and encouraged in my sanctification.

This book is for all Christians who want to grow in their faith, who may be discouraged by the ongoing sins in their heart, and who need to be reminded of the glorious truth of the gospel which brings freedom and will lead to ultimate victory through Jesus' sanctifying death.

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