Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | June 18, 2010

‘The Fruitful Life’ is one that is devoted to God

Jerry Bridges calls the fruitful life the overflow of God’s love through you.  In his book, “The Fruitful Life,” Bridges covers nine “fruits of the Spirit,” from Galatians 5:22-23, including love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  In order to produce fruit, a Christian must be devoted to God.  According to Bridges, you cannot be a Christian and not have a basic devotion to God. 

This devotion will spur you on to seek to become God-centered and God-like.  As with all of his books, he uses Scripture as the guideline to follow when looking for direction in seeking God’s principles in our life.  Each chapter ends with a group of questions and exercises to apply the principles he outlines.  Perfect for individual or group study, “The Fruitful Life” will convict you, encourage you and guide you into a closer relationship with God.

In recent years, we’ve tried to bring God to our level when we should be striving for His.  We cannot forget about the holiness and godliness of God.  There is an awe to this relationship we have failed to be taught, but Bridges is gradually bringing it back.  Bridges will ask you to take a long hard look at yourself.  Be prepared to see the good, the bad and the ugly.  He also shows you what God would desire for you and how you can change.  God is seeking a relationship with His people.  Bridges is asking you to be open to seeing yourself the way God does and shows you through Scripture what God is seeking in you. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress as part of their Book Review Blogger 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.”


  1. Jerry Bridges continues to be one of our most beloved authors.

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