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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: New Growth Press; Second Edition edition (May 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934885533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934885536
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Change does not happen overnight for the Christian. It's a lifelong journey. Paul Tripp and Tim Lane masterfully guide us along the biblical path that points us to the cross and a lifestyle of faith and repentance. I recommend this book to all Christians who desire to grow in their relationship with God. --Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College<br /><br />It's encouraging to know that, in God's hands, the winds of adversity that batter our lives are also agents of fruitful change in us. Paul Tripp and Tim Lane have done us all a favor by leading us down that path of change and teaching us how to embrace God's transforming work in our hearts. --Carolyn Custis James, author of When Life and Beliefs Collide<br /><br />This book is applied theology. It's about heat, thorns, the cross, and fruit. It's about present grace. In sixteen short and well-illustrated chapters, the wonderful prospect of change for the good is held out for the reader. We are called to consider our circumstances and our responses to them, and beneath that to examine our hearts desires and to turn afresh to Christ's cross. --Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

This book is applied theology. It's about heat, thorns, the cross, and fruit. It's about present grace. In sixteen short and well-illustrated chapters, the wonderful prospect of change for the good is held out for the reader. We are called to consider our circumstances and our responses to them, and beneath that to examine our hearts desires and to turn afresh to Christ's cross. --Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

It's encouraging to know that, in God's hands, the winds of adversity that batter our lives are also agents of fruitful change in us. Paul Tripp and Tim Lane have done us all a favor by leading us down that path of change and teaching us how to embrace God's transforming work in our hearts. --Carolyn Custis James, author of When Life and Beliefs Collide

About the Author

Timothy S. Lane, M. Div., D. Min., and Paul David Tripp, M. Div., D. Min., are counselors and faculty members at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation in Glenside, Pa. and lecturers in practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. Both men were pastors; Tim in Clemson, S.C. and Paul in Scranton, Pa. before coming to CCEF. Tim and his wife, Barbara, are the parents of two daughters and two sons. Paul and his wife, Luella, are the parents of three sons and a daughter. Paul is the author of Age of Opportunity; War of Words; Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands; and Lost in the Middle. Both men write extensively on biblical counseling and lead church-based counseling training courses using CCEF's Transformation Series.

More About the Author

Timothy S. Lane, MDiv, DMin, is a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) since 1991, and is the coauthor of the books How People Change and Relationships: A Mess Worth Making; coauthor of the curriculums Change and Your Relationships and How People Change; and author of the minibooks PTSD, Conflict, Family Feuds, Forgiving Others, and Freedom from Guilt.

Tim has thirty years of experience in pastoral ministry, counseling, teaching, and executive leadership. Tim is also adjunct professor of practical theology at several seminaries including Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.

He speaks nationally and internationally, consults with churches, and writes about the importance of pastoral care. You can read more from Tim at timlane.org or follow him in Twitter @timlane.

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This book would be an excellent curriculum for any small group or Sunday school class.
Jason Chamberlain
This book explains the biblical pattern for change in a clear, practical way you can apply to the challenges of daily life.
Andrea Schultz
This book will help you see yourself & others in a new way that is centered in the gospel.
Mark Combs

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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Mark Combs on August 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
When the subject of how people change is brought up among Christians, so often all that is said is simply "trusting God" or just "giving" something to God. But in real life, why is it never that easy?

This book is about the truths of the Gospel bearing down on daily life. If you want to see the deep connection between your daily life & how change, rooted in the gospel, takes place, then this book is for you.

If you are a pastor, youth minister, Sunday School teacher, elder, or teach the Bible in any way, you have to get this book. So often pastors & teachers will simply tell people what to do & what not to do (only focusing on making direct calls to the will), while completely ignoring what is going on in the heart. This book will help you see yourself & others in a new way that is centered in the gospel.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By James John Hollandsworth, M.D. VINE VOICE on February 3, 2010
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It's the unspoken elephant in the room: why aren't professing Christians, by and large, any different than non-Christians? We often struggle and fail at the same sins, have the same divorce rates, and generally don't stand out as being more kind or loving than devoted moral adherants of other religions--- despite our theology that we have been "born again." Ask many, including pastors, the question, and the reply often comes down to some variant of "they aren't trying hard enough" or "they aren't really saved after all."

But the question behind the question is "So, how do people really change--- how does a person who has become a child of God actually become radically more loving, more peaceful, more self-controlled, in a way that isn't mere psychology and that can't be explained or experienced by a non-Christian?"

Few people can give a robust, Biblical, detailed explanation to this fundamental question. Timothy Lane & Paul Tripp can, and do, in this wonderful book. They give us a truly Biblical & congruent theology of how people change, and show us a path to meaningful personal change in our own lives.

The first five chapters lay a foundation for what real Biblical life change is and isn't-- they talk about how easy it is to substitute external change like formalism and activism for true change of the heart. They lay out the crucial understanding of our marriage to Christ, and how God designed real change to take place in the context of community. There is a lot of rich thought provoking truth on every page of these foundation chapters.

Next, they move onto their central Biblical picture of how God has designed change: that of the tree.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Ray Ann on October 2, 2007
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I have literally done dozens of Bible studies in small groups, and this one is over and above The Best. It's nothing inherently new, but the way the authors organize the study and theologically lay out the material, as well as their use of the Scriptures as foundational to illustrate the truth, has been nothing short of life changing for our little group of 40 something Christians. We have learned so much about each other that we never knew, so much about ourselves, and perhaps most exciting, have actually CHANGED in response to seeing exactly what a Gospel-centered life means TODAY, and how living in true community with other Christians is a basis for life change. The Gospel is relevant again, whaddya know! Not just when I got saved, or in eternity, but Today. I recommend it to everyone. Our church had the authors out for a seminar and they were humbly inspiring. Authentic Christianity at its best.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Trevin Wax on November 13, 2008
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How People Change is one of the best books I've read this year.

Tripp and Lane believe that the biggest area lacking in Christian counseling today is the gospel. They call this problem the "gospel gap." Too many Christians see the gospel as affecting their past (forgiveness) and their future (hope), but do not understand the practical ways in which the gospel should be brought to bear on their present choices. How People Change seeks to correct "the gospel gap" by providing biblical teaching and and practical instruction.

The opening chapter alone is worth the price of the book. Tripp and Lane believe that our temptation is to seek fullness and fulfillment in something or someone other than Christ. To counter this idolatry, they encourage us to apply the grace of Christ to the everyday details of our lives, not merely the big problems that we face. The rest of the book spells this theme out more clearly - how to apply grace to everyday life.

How People Change avoids moralism. It centers the gospel message, not in abstract terms, but in the story of redemption. Tripp and Lane are big on seeing the gospel within the framework of the biblical Story. They write about the Christian's past and the Christian's future in order to shine light on the Christian's life in the present. Our destination informs our journey.

There are a couple of places where I believe the theological language could be a little more refined. In describing Jesus' crucifixion, the authors write: "The triune God was torn asunder so that we might be united to him and to one another as brothers and sisters in Christ." (69) They interpret Jesus' words on the cross this way: "Why have we been ripped asunder?" I understand the loss of covenant fellowship between Father and Son at the cross.
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