I just pulled this little book off my shelf. A youth pastor (three or four back) gave it to me about 12(?) years ago, but I’ve never read it. I recently read the chapter on self control. A few quotes:
Ultimately, self-control is the exercise of inner strength under the direction of sound judgment that enables us to do, think, and say the things that are pleasing to God (164).
Bridges explains that we must exercise self-control in three areas: our bodies, our thoughts, and our emotions.
He explains that lack of internal control in thoughts and emotions is what leads to external lack of control (such as over-eating or throwing a temper tantrum).
For someone who demonstrably lacks self-control, I found this chapter encouraging and difficult.
More broadly, this book looks very digestable. It is 18 relatively short chapters, each on a practice of godliness that ought to characterize the life of the godly.
Looking forward to digging in further…