Book Review: The Blessings of Humility: Walk Within Your Calling, by Jerry Bridges
Humility is neither valuable nor practical in today’s world. Besides being unwanted, humility is impossible to achieve in a world that prizes assertiveness and dominance. Author Jerry Bridges seeks to dispel these notions in his short volume, The Blessings of Humility: Walk Within Your Calling. The book is a series of devotional thoughts on each of the eight qualities found in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12).
At the outset, the author lays down four key principles:
- All Christians are meant to display these characteristics. They reflect qualities of a normal Christian life.
- The characteristics are not meant to be reflective of our personalities, or temperaments, or even spiritual giftedness. They are similar to the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), the results of his work in our lives.
- Our progress in growth in these traits does not determine our acceptance with God, either in our eternal salvation or in our day-to-day standing with him.
- We are dependent on the Holy Spirit for any progress we make.
The strength of the book is found in the author’s lifelong conviction that “The Bible is meant to be applied in your everyday life.” While he takes time to unpack the meaning of each characteristic, he spends the bulk of his discussion describing what the qualities look like in daily life, or how to practice them. He also explains the benefits of living a humble life.
The book includes a discussion guide for personal or small group use. Being just over 90 pages, the book can be easily read in a couple of hours. The real benefit will come by reading it a second time and pondering how to practice the qualities in your own life.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network http://tyndaleblognetwork.com/ book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.