Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Review of Broken-Down House by Paul Tripp

Author: Paul Tripp

Pages: 224 pgs

Publisher: Shepherd Press

Price: 9.95

Genre: Christian Living

Quick Summary:

If you are familiar with Paul Tripp then you know what this book is about: sin leading to brokenness and Christ our redemption. This particular book considers the image of a broken-down house that God is rebuilding. It is about restoration and how to live while we are in the middle of this process. The subtitle “living productively in a world gone bad” is truly what this book is about.

The book is broken up into two sections, knowing and doing. The first section attempts to ground the reader in solid gospel-drenched theology. The second section attempts to apply the gospel to action. If you realize the brokenness you are living in and wonder how to bring about redemption to brokenness then this book is written for you.

What I Liked:

As always Tripp grounds everything in the gospel. He is becoming one of my favorite authors. He has the ability (which comes from experiencing grace) to tear down with the gospel and build back up with the gospel. You leave wounded and healed at the same time. Truly this is not the work of Paul Tripp but the faithful Shepherd that uses his writings for His glory. The gospel has power and Tripp stays close to the gospel in his writings. You will benefit from every chapter in this book because every chapter is soaked in the gospel.

What I Disliked:

It took me forever to read this book. Not because it is a slow read but it never seemed to connect in such a way that I felt compelled to read it except for as a devotional. I need to read it again—but it seems that it does not seem to flow together that well (but that could be my own reading of it).

Should You Buy It?

Because it took me so long to finish it I have the added advantage of knowing what stuck. One chapter in this book still sticks with me. So that’s worth the cost of the book to me (even though I got it for free). Even though the book feels more like a shotgun (small pellets scattered everywhere) than a rifle (a single pointed aim) some of the pellets are sure to stick in deep—and because they are gospel saturated even the little that does sink in will spread like wildfire and change your life. You need this book.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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