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Forever: Why You Can’t Live Without It Paperback – October 1, 2011
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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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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.
We all get so busy just trying to finish out the day, who has the time and energy to think beyond that? Our lives become nothing more than a short-sighted rut. Running to and fro, we don't even see the damage this blindness causes in our lives, relationships, and worship.
Paul David Tripp, reminds us of the oft forgotten truth, that we were created for forever. In, Forever: Why You Can't Live Without It, he examines this truth and the impact it should have on our lives and the harm we suffer when we forget it, what he calls, eternity amnesia.
"If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied."
1 Corinthians 15:19
We spend all our energy searching for joy in a world that can't provide it. We expect people and things to make us happy, but of course they will always fail. The realization of our joy and fulfillment is destined to happen in the next world, not in the here and now. This world isn't an end, but a preparation. Paul shows how we can change our focus and trust God to bring us through to eternity, where we will experience the fruit of our faith.
“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
― C.S. Lewis
I realized quickly, that this was I book I needed to read. For me, forever, is one of the first thoughts to be pushed from my mind in the overwhelming, busyness of life. Reading this, I came to see just how much not having a view of eternity, affects so many areas of life. Everything from marriage, parenting, and even work, cannot be performed properly while suffering from eternity amnesia.
We were made for forever. I recommend, Forever: Why You Can't Live Without It to all who like myself, need to be reminded.
My thanks to Paul for writing such an insightful, as well as impactful book!