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Whiter Than Snow: Meditations on Sin and Mercy Paperback – June 26, 2008
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"Whiter Than Snow is music for the sinner's soul. In fifty-two personal, creative, and sometimes poetic devotionals, Paul Tripp responds to Psalm 51 the way a jazz musician improvises on a familiar tune. In making this sweet music, Dr. Tripp makes King David's confession our own, helping us get honest about our sin and opening our hearts to the mercy of Jesus."
—Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College
"Convicting and encouraging, cutting and healing. Paul Tripp delves into the misery of sin and the goodness of grace with insight and inspiration. This book wonderfully blessed me, and I pray for its widest possible reading."
—Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
About the Author
Paul David Tripp is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries, professor of pastoral life and care at Redeemer Seminary, and the executive director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care, under the auspices of the Association of Biblical Counselors. He is the author of a number of popular books on Christian living, including What Did You Expect?, Whiter Than Snow, A Shelter in the Time of Storm, Dangerous Calling, Sex and Money, and New Morning Mercies. He has been married for many years to Luella and they have four grown children. For more information and resources visit paultrippministries.org.
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I feel as though Paul David Tripp is now in that camp for me. Now, of course, I do not know him personally, I've never hung out with him. However, in reading his latest book Whiter than Snow, I feel as though we have been meeting for coffee each Tuesday morning. It seems like he has been discipling and encouraging me through his book on the 51st Psalm.
In 52 short meditations the book brings the gloriously dangerous realities of grace and mercy down to eye level. In some chapters Tripp writes poems, others stories, some detailed exposition, and others he writes like he is in his journal. However he may vary the style the same note is hit: as hideous as sin is mercy is more glorious in triumph.
"Thank God that he has given us big grace! Each one of us needs grace that's not only big enough to forgive our sin, but also powerful enough to free us from the self-atoning prison of our own righteousness. We're not only held captive by our sin, but also by the delusion of our righteousness. Resting in God's grace isn't just about confessing your sin; it's about forsaking your righteousness as well. So we all need the big grace that's found only in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ." (p.29)
Many times folks ask me for a good book to go through with a friend--this is definitely one I would recommend. The book is Christ-exalting, ego-afflicting, and so therefore very valuable to those who pursue conformity to the image of Jesus.
The format of the book is simple enough: Tripp takes Psalm 51 and divides it into 52 two to three page chapters followed by two hard hitting questions or reflections. This format allows the book to act as a confessional that could be used over and over again. Each chapter in this book can stand on its own, so you could randomly pick a chapter of your choice to read.
The questions/reflections at the end of each chapter alone are worth the price of the book. A few examples:
- Do you pray for open eyes to see yourself more clearly?
- What tends to compete in your heart for the worship... that only God is supposed to have?
- Is there a place in your life where you still struggle to rest in God's promise of forgiveness?
- Reflect on how you have been covered by the righteousness of Christ.
These are not superficial questions/reflections and this is not a superficial book. I can't recommend this book enough.
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Paul David Tripp Takes the seemingly simple Psalm 51 and peels back the layers and simplifies it so that we are able to apply it throughout our entire life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by zenunt
Walking with the Lord for over 18 years , I have either read, purchased or glanced at several devotionals. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ronald L. Campbell Jr.
Powerful lessons and meditations from Psalm 51. A book to be read slowly-- i picked it up periodically over about a year. Very helpful when going through a troubled time. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mojo Sr
Grace fills every chapter of this book. It is convicting of sin but doesn't leave me there, it points me to God and His marvelous grace.Published 6 months ago by Rita
The book came in new condition as described. Paul Tripp is a really great author, looking forward to reading this book.Published 8 months ago by Timothy Lee