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Forever: Why You Can't Live Without It [Kindle Edition]

Paul David Tripp
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Is this all you're living for?

For years, pastor Paul Tripp understood we were 'hardwired for forever.' But he didn't understand that it was more than a valuable insight. It is a practical tool to help us face the disappointment of everyday life.

Now he knows, and he can help you discover how to survive and thrive in the middle of your story, with the final chapter of heaven in view.

Instead of embracing the world's motto---'you only live once'---follow Tripp as he unpacks the biblical truth of the world as a broken place, longing for a second chance. And come alive as you discover the meaning and redemption all this brokenness can bring to your life today.

With practical insights on how eternity impacts your relationships, your job, your kids, and your deepest struggles, you'll be encouraged to relax into the eternal story God is writing for you.

You really are hardwired for eternity, and this book reveals how you can begin to view all that happens in your life as preparation for Forever.

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About the Author

Paul Tripp is a gifted and sought after speaker and the author of many popular books, including What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage, The Age of Opportunity, and Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands. President of Paul Tripp Ministries, he also serves as Professor of Pastoral Life and Care at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and as the Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas. He and his wife, Luella, have four grown children.

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  • File Size: 1487 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (October 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KAD11U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,124 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Tripp - Biblical, Christ Centered, Very Practical September 26, 2011
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If you have ever asked yourself questions like: Why is it so hard to find satisfaction? Why is it so hard to find a good relationship? Why do I keep getting myself more and more into deeper debt? Why does it seem like life keeps getting more difficult? Why am I suffering so much? And many other questions like these - than this is a fantastic book for you.

Paul Tripp writes with theological acumen, numerous biblical examples, brilliant illustrations, and practical insights in showing how we were made for eternity and that we need to factor in our lives the fall and the future in order to live in the now. Our current life is simply preparation for our ultimate destination. He shows how we typically view current realities without an eternal perspective and how devastating these consequences are and then shows on the flip side how we were designed to live with Christ at the center of all of life and how living with a forever mindset has gracious overtones leading to great peace and joy.

Tripp delineates specifically how having an eternal mindset makes a substantial difference in our lives in our relationship to God, those closest to us, at work, in our priorities, etc.

I highly recommend this book as "must" reading and an excellent choice to give as a gift to those who are disillusioned, deceived, discouraged, and without hope in this life. The gospel is clearly articulated here over and over in masterful brilliance shows how Christ is our only satisfaction in the now and how all our dreams will be satisfied in eternity through a personal relationship with Him.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
How often do you really think about eternity? While I hope that many of us would answer "quite regularly," the way we live would certainly suggest that whatever thought we do give to eternity doesn't really impact our lives. Why is this? Why have we forgotten this fundamental reality of the Christian faith? In his latest book, Forever: Why You Can't Live Without It, Paul David Tripp argues that we may have succumbed to what he describes as "eternity amnesia," and in this book's 14 chapters, he seeks to remind us why we can't ignore "forever."

While there's no strict division within the book, readers could roughly break Forever up into two (ish) parts. The first five chapters primarily lay the foundation for why a healthy view of eternity matters in the Christian life. Tripp's work here is exceptional here as he identifies the issue and the solution. The problem, he says, is that while God has made us for eternity (Eccl. 3:11 says that God "has put eternity into man's heart"), we have "functionally discarded the once widely held belief in an afterlife, a reality we cannot embrace without it influencing the way we live" (p. 22).

"Without forever in the center of our thinking, our picture of life is like a jigsaw puzzle missing a central piece. You will simply not have an accurate view of the picture without the piece of the puzzle entitled 'forever.'"

This is a powerful--and, I believe accurate--assessment of the problem. We might give assent to the idea that there is an afterlife, yet we act as though it doesn't make a difference.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever in a Fresh Perspective January 14, 2012
By Sheep23
Paul David Tripp, author of many books on parenting and counseling, has written a timely book on the perspective of forever from both a biblical and practical perspective. The books is designed to give the readers a longing for eternity with God but also to put in proper perspective the way we should live here on earth. Too often, as Tripp points out the first chapter, we set ourselves up for failure by having unreal expectatios, focusing too much on our self and expecting or asking too much of people (24-25). If we live without eternity in mind, then we on a course for disaster not only personally but spiritually.

In chapter two, Tripp recognizes that we often try to pack eveything into our day, our lives in order that we don't leave any stone unturned (in our dreams, desires and hopes). Yet, we live as if this was the only destination for us. He writes, "He knows that this is a terribly broken world that, in its present state, does not function they way he intended" (34). The present world is marred but sin in such a way that it doesn't function in reflecting the glory of God in proper way. Because we live as if this life is all that matters, we place such lofty expectations upon people, experiences, and relationships that we are often disappointed. Tripp points us to see this present life as preparing for life in the presence of God, not as living like now is our final destination. This book is amazing because Tripp combines examples of people facing difficulties and their lack of an eternal perspective that reflects much of my own thinking. Secondly, he uses the Scriptures to point out the plan of God for his people (the story of God's redemption also).

Parenting is such a great task that I found his wisdom on parenting to invaluable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So many things make sense after reading this!
This book explains many things about why we feel the way we do about life. The tendency to become or continue to be unsatisfied regardless of our circumstances. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Reaffirmed the hope within me.
I will re-read Forever many times; something I do not do with many books. It is reassuring and reaffirming in times of disappointments and discouragement. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Beth Wilkins
4.0 out of 5 stars a great reminder...
A life of now vs a life of eternity. It is so easy to think about the former, when we know there is the latter. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Minnie S Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm giving this book to all my friends.
Very good book - Forever is not about Heaven or what comes after death, but living today in light of the fact that forever exists. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark Henzler
5.0 out of 5 stars Very valuable!
Author has very clear thinking and style of communicating very important concept. All of our perspective on life's good and bad circumstances is in focus if we keep eternity in... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marsha Slone
Published 3 months ago by Ellen Mittelsteadt
5.0 out of 5 stars The "here and now" isn't enough
Revolutionized my way of looking at life. If you need a fresh perspective on life and all its difficulties and disappointments, "Forever" is it.
Published 3 months ago by Joy Convis
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely can't live without it
The author really put living in a fallen world into perspective. Focusing on eternity puts all things into perspective even when our natural tendency is to shout "what about... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Darla J
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite
I am SO glad I put this on my tablet. I am eating it up oh my word this is good good stuff from Paul Tripp. Read more
Published 4 months ago by jeanne taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Restore a proper perspective on life (and the afterlife)
"Forever" by Paul David Tripp explores a largely-ignored but valuable and practical theme. Tripp contends that in order to live the right kind of life in the here and now,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Phineas M. Hanks
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More About the Author

Paul Tripp is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries (, a nonprofit organization, whose mission statement is "Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life." This mission leads Paul to weekly speaking engagements around the world. In addition to being a gifted communicator and sought after conference speaker with Paul Tripp Ministries, Paul is the Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas, and has taught at respected institutions worldwide. As an author, Paul has written many books on Christian Living that are read and distributed internationally. He has been married for many years to Luella and they have four grown children.

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