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A Realistic Look at Life,
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This review is from: Broken-Down House: Living Productively in a World Gone Bad (Paperback)
This is one of the most realistic books about life that I have read. Author Paul David Tripp acknowledges that this is a beautiful and broken world. He is neither overly optimistic, like so many books that claim to offer the "key idea or practice" that will unlock everything, nor overly pessimistic, holding out no hope of progress or joy.
The book begins with making sure that the reader understands the condition of the world and ourselves. Tripp uses the metaphor of the Broken-Down House to describe our lives and the world. We are called to remember where we are (in a world corrupted by sin one day to be restored) and who we are (sinners who are also children of grace because of the work of Jesus). We are also to trust in God's sovereignty, especially when we can't make sense of life in the broken-down house. Tripp then reminds us that, in contrast to the sovereign God, we are limited, finite creatures, who must not try to usurp God's sovereign place in our lives. We live in proper perspective when we keep our minds fixed on eternity, on the truth that the broken-down house will be restored. Tripp finishes the book with a section on doing. He calls us to reject passivity, pursue community, determine to love, celebrate grace and minister everywhere. The book ends with the truth that we all leave a legacy. This legacy is something we should examine, to see if it honors God.
This book was very helpful as I read it with a group of men. The discussions from our readings were very profitable and shed much light on the book.