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How People Change Paperback – May 22, 2008
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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
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.
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.
About the Author
- Publisher : New Growth Press; Second Edition (May 22, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 230 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1934885533
- ISBN-13 : 978-1934885536
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
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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
Still, there were some issues with an over individualization of some metaphors and sloppy exegesis that left a bad taste in my mouth. For example, the idea that I, personally, am married to Jesus because of the Bride metaphor in the Scriptures left me cringing, particularly because of how often it was referenced. Anyone who reads the entire Scriptures in a Christ-centered way, might see how the Bride and Groom metaphor might make a 38 year old male uncomfortable applying that to him and Jesus (see the Song of Solomon and think about it, if not). That's just one example of the way this book used some texts questionably.
The book also felt somewhat haphazard in its organization, almost like it wasn't edited well, and at times it felt like words and long texts of Scripture were just being used to take up space.
While overall I'm glad I read it, unless it were half as long or a pamphlet that eliminated the above issues I'll probably point people elsewhere.
Personally I think this could be a very helpful introduction to people who are new to the model of biblical change. The book is full of explanations and examples which make the model practical.
However, I found the book a little too repetitive, and I felt like it could be a lot shorter than it is now. Any how, this book provides a very practical model that could benefit your ministry and help you in your personal growth. If you’re looking for something to go through with your small group, I actually recommend going straight forward to the Study Guide which sufficiently provides all the descriptions and examples needed.
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If you only read contemporary Christian literature, I can imagine that you may score this 5 stars. I am not a counsellor or a therapist. I don’t know how strong the desire to change is. But if you are looking to change, this book gives you a framework built on the gospel, which I suppose is different from what secular therapy offers. For me, this book says nothing new because the “new” bit is mostly based on Powlinson’s biblical counselling teaching materials – so closely based the book is that it would have been plagiarism if not endorsed by Powlison. I have spent three months learning and studying the materials by taking Powlison’s module. I therefore came into this book feeling a repeat of the module. It does however consolidate the course materials well and make them accessible. Because I have gone through the materials by the originator, I may have background to it that you don’t have. Among other things, what drives this is to move from a top-down perspective to a bottom-up perspective of the gospel. Are they the same thing? Of course not, otherwise why bothered! Then you have to ask: what difference does the change of perspective? Is there any distortion to the vision? What do you miss of the top-down perspective by taking the bottom-up perspective? These to me are not trivial questions to ignore.
The book also has an air of universality and generality. But remember it shouldn’t. Far from a universal formula, it is just one possibility, no matter how many share it. Don’t let it force you into the same mould. Christ is not restricted by a man-made model. How He is going to encounter you will be varied but you can be sure that it would be most personal – the buzz word of this school of literature – and most pertinent to you. Go through the gospel and you will see how Christ encounters each individual on their respective issue at heart. I would say, learn from the Master. I am a case in point. I came to Christ not because I was seeking pressing change but because Christ is true and the Holy Spirit made Him irresistible to me – i.e. I cannot deny Him. Did I know sin? Only notionally at the point of conversion. I hold the point that we won’t know sin by looking at sin. How can darkness illuminate darkness? We need light to shine into darkness to expose darkness. Also sin is not our wrongdoings per se but offence to God. We can’t define sin without knowing who God is. Actually I thought I was doing okay until I gazed upon (or behold) Christ from the top-down perspective if you like. The more I see the dazzling glory and beauty of Christ, the more I realise I am sinner. I am the worst sinner today than I was (echoing Paul in 1 Tim 1:15) not necessarily because I have sinned more but because my understanding of it deepens as my knowing of Christ deepens. As God is infinite, a top-down perspective is already restrictive in capturing Him by a finite mind. A bottom-up perspective will be even more restrictive. I would argue therefore you would have missed out a lot. You need to choose wisely among the contemporary Christian writers to give you this top-down perspective. If you can take it, read the Puritans, and you will not be disappointed and you will see the blindspots of our current age. If you find the top-down perspective irrelevant or you have no time for it, then I would argue your heart is not adoring Christ but yourself as if Christ has no intrinsic worth unless He is doing good to you.
The book concludes by saying “To him be glory now and forever! Amen!” However it is easy to think from reading the book our change is the prime purpose of it all. It is an important part of the story for sure but it is not the whole of the story. There is so much more. I personally think that it is stretching it to suggest a church to use the model to evaluate itself. I believe that there are other principles more biblical to evaluate the working of a church, even though the community aspect is an important consideration.
Change is part and parcel of Christian life because God will purge our sins as we are His children. If you encounter Christians that have no accounts of change or battles with sin after conversion, then it should cause alert. As Paul says: "But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh." (1 Cor 3:1-3) In other words, infants in Christ are people still of the flesh! This is the stage when the book is most applicable. The book however is not clear about that. The Three-Tree Model is based on a passage that does a parallel comparison of someone outside Christ and one in Christ, and the description in the book perpetuates the ambiguity. Something is clear however: as a Christian matures in Christ, the model should be less applicable because we should, by Paul’s description, become more of “spiritual people”. Finally the driver of our change is not so much of the benefits of spiritual fruit but first and foremost our heart’s affection for Christ – the only thing that will sustain our change. Where our affection is we will conform. This affection for Christ, among other things, is the prime work of the Holy Spirit.
If you pick up this book and want to change, will the book deliver? I don’t know. Will following a formula and work through the framework and questions help? Possibly. Remember the agent of change is the Holy Spirit. The power is in Him and not in the model. This does not rule out that the Spirit may empower this book to bring you change. But I have reservation if it is a transforming change.