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“If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably cringed at the thought of a scene like this: a friend comes to you looking like they’re carrying the weight of the world, you ask what’s wrong and they start telling you every detail of what they’re going through. As they speak, you know you want to help but you’re clueless as to how to help. Again, if you’re anything like me, you can’t help but think, “If only I knew what to do
Enter Dr Paul Tripp and his book Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands. Tripp was previously on the pastoral staff at the historic Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and currently serves as Executive Director of The Center for Pastoral Life and Care. A father, husband, pastor and professor with years of personal, professional and pastoral experience behind him, Tripp writes like that wise granddad you wish you could have – one with a lifetime of wisdom and the Biblical know how to pass it on.
Part of getting through the book is its subtitle: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change. Tripp’s approach isn’t to start with you as the perfect person pitying the not-so-perfect people out there by throwing them a few crumbs of pithy wisdom. No, you’re just as much in need of change by the Gospel through the Spirit’s power as you help others – and he leads by example!
Page after page gives you a window into a man who has battled with his own struggles and yet helps others with theirs. How? Through the Gospel. Tripp’s method is to see change happen as we apply the good news of the Gospel in helping others.
Rather than focusing on problems, Tripp rejoices in the reality that things can indeed change. Sinful attitudes and actions can be overcome, relationships can be restored, we can make it through trials – and all because the Gospel which works so powerfully in salvation works in the tough situations of life as well!
The book doesn’t offer quick fixes, checklists and rules – rather it’s a practical look at how the Gospel brings about change in our lives and in turn helps us help others make Gospel-driven change. Over the course of the book, Tripp drops some incredible insights from the Word of God – not just for helping other people change but also for seeing change in the reader first.
You can buy Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands at ICM Books.