Summary: Pride, unthankfulness, discontentment, selfishness...Bridges writes a book that tackles a Christian's more 'refined' sins. These are often sins of the heart and ones we don't see in ourselves too quickly. Judgementalism, self-control, anger, anxiety...the list just goes on. Bridges writes with great humility but also with boldness. The chapters are short but they are very clear. Sin is defined and tools are given to combat these sins. Impatience, irritability, envy, gossip... It's time to drop our self righteous attitudes, get acquainted with our sinful inclinations and focus on God's solution to our sins-- a crucified Christ.
Personal Thoughts: It's refreshing to read a book about sin. It's cleansing. It stimulates the heart into combat again against the sin that so easily ensnares us. It gives a grander view of the holiness of God. It pulls me out of my sluggish stupor and probes the darker parts of my heart exposing them to the light of God's Word. Every person is going to find a few chapters that especially reverberate with them. For me it was the chapters exposing selfishness, discontent, self-control and worldliness. Really, this book is a must-have for every library.
Quote: " On the contrary, as God is holy, all holy, only holy, altogether holy, and always holy, so sin is sinful, all sinful, only sinful, altogether sinful and always sinful. It does not matter whether our sin is scandalous or respectable, all our sin is sinful, only sinful and altogether sinful. Whether it is large or small in our eyes, it is heinous in the sight of God. God forgives our sin because of the shed blood of Christ, but He does not tolerate it. Instead, every sin that we commit, even the subtle sin that we don't even think about, was laid upon Christ as He bore the curse of God in our place. --pg 29,30