Jerry Bridges

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Jerry Bridges (December 4, 1929 – March 6, 2016) was an evangelical Christian author, speaker and staff member of The Navigators. Born in Tyler, Texas, United States, he was the author of more than a dozen books, including The Pursuit of Holiness, which has sold more than one million copies.[1] His devotional Holiness Day By Day garnered the 2009 ECPA Christian Book Award for the inspiration and gift category,[2] and The Discipline of Grace received a similar award in 1995 for the Christian living category.[3]

Bridges earned his undergraduate degree in engineering at the University of Oklahoma before serving as an officer in the United States Navy during the Korean War.[4] He joined Christian discipleship organization The Navigators in 1955, where he served as administrative assistant to the Europe Director, office manager for the headquarters office, Secretary-Treasurer of the organization, and as Vice President for Corporate Affairs before moving to a staff development position with the Collegiate Mission.[4]

At the time of his death, he was a widower,[5] and had married a woman named Jane a year after his first wife's death.[6][7] Bridges died on March 6, 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the age of 86.[7]


  • The Pursuit of Holiness, NavPress (1978) ISBN 0-89109-430-X
  • Bridges, Jerry (1991), Trusting God, NavPress, ISBN 0-89109-617-5.
  • ——— (1991), You Can Trust God, NavPress, ISBN 0-89109-571-3.
  • ——— (1992), The Crisis of Caring: Recovering the Meaning of True Fellowship, P & R, ISBN 0-87552-110-X.
  • Transforming Grace, NavPress (1993) ISBN 0-89109-656-6
  • The Practice of Godliness, NavPress (1996) ISBN 0-89109-941-7
  • The Joy of Fearing God, Random House (1999) ISBN 1-4000-7064-3
  • I Exalt You, O God: Encountering His Greatness in Your Private Worship, Random House (2000) ISBN 1-57856-421-2
  • I Give You Glory, O God, Random House (2002) ISBN 1-57856-629-0
  • The Chase: Pursuing Holiness in Your Everyday Life, NavPress (2003) ISBN 1-57683-468-9
  • The Gospel For Real Life, NavPress (2003) ISBN 1-57683-507-3
  • Growing Your Faith: How to Mature in Christ, NavPress (2004) ISBN 1-57683-475-1
  • Is God Really in Control? Trusting God in a World of Terrorism, Tsunamis, and Personal Tragedy, NavPress (2006) ISBN 1-57683-931-1
  • The Discipline of Grace, NavPress (2006) ISBN 1-57683-989-3
  • The Fruitful Life:The Overflow of God's Love Through You, NavPress (2006) ISBN 1-60006-027-7
  • ——— (2007), Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins we Tolerate, NavPress, ISBN 1-60006-140-0.
  • ——— (2007), The Great Exchange, Good News & Crossway, ISBN 1-58134-927-0.
  • ——— (2009), The Bookends of the Christian Life, Crossway, ISBN 1-4335-0319-0.
  • ——— (2012), The Transforming Power of the Gospel, NavPress, ISBN 978-1-61747-922-9.
  • ——— (2012), Who Am I? - Identity in Christ, Cruciform Press, ISBN 978-1-936760-47-3.


  1. ^ Staub, Dick (2004-04-01). "Jerry Bridges Is Still Pursuing Holiness". Christianity Today (interview).
  2. ^ "Winners". Christian Book Awards. ECPA. 2009.
  3. ^ "Gold Medallion Winners". Christian Book Awards. ECPA. 1995. Archived from the original on 2008-05-18.
  4. ^ a b "An Interview with Jerry: 50 Years with The Navigators". Staff. Navigators.
  5. ^ Bridges 2007, p. 75: 'After the death of my first wife…'
  6. ^ Bridges 2007, back flap: '…Jerry lives with his wife, Jane…'
  7. ^ a b

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