- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: New Growth Press; Second Edition edition (May 22, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781934885536
- ISBN-13: 978-1934885536
- ASIN: 1934885533
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 318 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,617 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. 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. is the President of the Institute for Pastoral Care (instituteforpastoralcare.com), and Paul David Tripp, M. Div., D. Min. is the President of Paul Tripp Ministries. They are both counselors, speakers and teachers in various seminaries. They both served as 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. 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 the Transformation Series that they co-authored.
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I felt the authors had great insight into issues that concern Christians throughout their lives. I felt the authors asked some really difficult, intimate and probing questions. Your answers might surprise you.
There is also an interesting discussion on how suffering helps us mature as souls and awakens us from complacency.
I felt there was a lot of analysis which I loved and this book sheds so much light on the truth. I'd say this is one of the most meaningful books I've ever read on the Christian life. It helped me understand that God has an agenda which involves making us more holy.
So if you feel you are struggling in your Christian life then this book has a lot to offer.
~The Rebecca Review
To give a quick rundown, Heat is anything we experience in our daily lives that exerts an influence on us. It can either be good or bad, getting fired from your job or getting a promotion. Thorns are the negative, sinful responses that we tend to make. This can be anger at not getting what you want, or pride because you got what you want out of life and you think you did a great job to earn it (rather than seeing it as a result of grace). The Cross is obviously where Christ died for our thorny responses (i.e. habitual sins) and it is where we need to turn for the power to put to death the sinful deeds of our bodies. By trusting in Christ, in his person and work, and looking to him for the grace for our daily lives, we are able to actually produce Fruit rather than thorns. In and of ourselves we can only make thorns, but through Christ and His Holy Spirit we are able to actually bear fruit and see a life changed by the grace of God.
Before they spend most of this book unpacking this model in more detail, there is a chapter on what they call "the gospel gap," which I think is worth the price of the book. So many people these days recognize the power of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection to save us from our past sins and save us for a future with him in heaven. But in the meantime, people forget to look to it in the present tense and so there is an inadvertent gospel gap where we end up trusting in something else to get us through our day to day activities. Whatever you place in that gap has taken the place of the gospel of Christ in your daily life. Often it a good thing that we should be doing as part of our Christian life, but we make it, instead of Christ central and so often do not realize we are missing the mark.
If you are interested in learning more of a Christ-centered, Scripture filled model of sanctification, I would highly recommend you reading this book (or anything by Paul Tripp for that matter).