Saturday, March 5, 2011


This week, we start with pictures!  I know, you're all so lucky.

Pictures of the Week:

Room With A View


And, now the book.

Book 7: Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands- People in Need of Change, Helping People in Need of Change  by Paul David Tripp

This week, I finished reading Instruments in the Redeemers Hands (henceforth referred to as IRH, because that is a way long title.)  The approach that I've taken to the 52 book plan is to read a fiction book and a non-fiction book simultaneously. Sounds like it might be confusing (or annoying,) but I actually really like it. I read a chapter a day of my NF book in the mornings, and then read my fiction book throughout the day.

I like this system because I like to read non-fiction slowly, and think about it a lot, and take notes on it. (Reminder: nerd.) But with fiction, I like to get lost in the story, read it real fast, and then think when it's over. This system lets me do BOTH and still get through about a book a week on average. Capisce?

SO, our assistant pastor gave me a copy of IRH a few weeks ago, and whenever someone gives me a book, I feel compelled to read it immediately. (I do not know why. I also feel this way when people give me food. Please call if you have a diagnosis for me.) So, it jumped to the top of my non-fiction pile, and I am so glad. Here's why...

LIKE: So the focus of this book is what I guess you could call 'lay counseling.' Or, you could also call it 'how to be a good friend.' I prefer the latter, because I'm not fancy, but, you know, whatever.  And, although I really appreciated the fact that the book was framed towards helping others (and hope that I can use it that way one day,) I honestly think it really helped me. A lot of his focus is on getting to the heart of our issues, struggles, and problems in life by sort of stripping away all of the outer layers of situations to reveal the core. Stripping away the people, the actions, the emotions, to reveal the deeper issues of our heart that create the essence of our struggles. Reading it was kind of like having someone shine a flashlight into my soul. And lemme tell you, there are some gross, cobwebby, grimy places in there.
It was a great opportunity for self-reflection, and Tripp does an excellent job of moving slowly and laying things out step-by-step so you really feel like you're learning what he's trying to teach. I'd definitely recommend it. But, be prepared to get cobwebby and dirty. Unless, of course, your soul is cleaner than mine. Which it probably is. So, never mind. You'll be fine.

NO LIKE: Okay, so, it's a long book. And, there's an appendix too. But who reads those? No one! Not even me! So, I get to page 276, and I'm all, "Yay, I'm done!" Then, I start flipping through the extra HUNDRED pages of appendix, and it was really, really interesting, so I had to read it all too. Just call them chapters next time, Paul. Then I'll just know getting into it that I'm signing up to read all 375 pages.

(This was a hard section this time, because most of the things that I underlined and put stars & exclamation points next to were paragraphs, or longer. What can I say, he's an insightful guy. I went with shorter quotes though. In the interest of accessibility. If you want the longer ones, you should just read the book. You can borrow my copy and check out all my stars & exclamations.)

"In reality, you are part of something immense, something that began before you were born and will continue after you die."

"This overarching story reflects the fact that our problem as human beings is deeper than the individual sins we commit each day, creating the specific problems that complicate our lives. Our deepest problem is that we seek to find our identity outside the story of redemption."

"I am deeply persuaded that the foundation for people-transforming ministry is not sound theology; it is love. Without love, our theology is a boat without oars.


  1. I really liked this book too, Rach. Paul David Tripp did a marriage conference at our church last year, and it was excellent! If you ever get the chance to hear him speak, GO!

  2. I read a ridiculous amount of books a year, too, but I never do anything with it (besides start conversations by saying "The book I'm reading right now..."). I just list them at the end of the year and brag. But I like your method here--I might steal it.

  3. What a neat book- I haven't typically been into reading non-fiction- but I've heard such good things about Tripp, I just may pick this up to read- but I'll ask Andrew or Fletch if they have copies I can borrow!!