Friday, July 12, 2013

Book Review - Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands

I haven't written much recently about the books I have been reading - but not because I haven't found some great ones. This afternoon I was looking at the stack of recent reads and thought I should at least share this one.

Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands by Paul David Tripp is as challenging as it is inspiring. In a world of struggling people, Tripp believes that counseling is not to be left to trained experts but to be the ministry of the body of Christ.

All of us counsel, whether we are encouraging our husband, questioning a child, or talking through a problem with a friend. Tripp shows how to get to know people by asking questions and how to speak truth to them lovingly.

As one who is keenly aware of my own failure, I loved the subtitle "People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change." This book challenged me first of all to look in my own life from a Scriptural perspective and accept Jesus Christ's solution for my problems. Then lead others to the same hope.

Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands is a book that I have much underlining and there are a lot of quotes I could share - but I'll just share one since it is my burden that often we don't seek to truly know each other.

"The most personal and important parts of our lives fly under the radar of our typical relationships in the body of Christ. We live frenetically busy lives with activity-based friendships, punctuates only by brief conversations with each other."

Some of you who live local to me are accustomed to me pushing a book in your hands and saying "You've got to read this book." Just so you know, Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands is one book that Ed and I plan to read and reread and eventually find a permanent place for on our bookshelf as a resource - so you will have to buy your own copy! It is well worth the $13.00 that Amazon charges, in my opinion.

What books have challenged you recently?

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  1. Thanks for this review. This book sounds like it speaks directly to a deep need in today's relationships. I find the same to be true - that often the topics we most need to be open about with our Christian family are those we avoid discussing. I will be adding this one to my amazon wish list for future reading!
    I'm currently reading "Who Put My Life on Fast-Forward" by Phil Callaway - I've just begun it, so I can't speak much on it yet, but it is offering me clear wisdom on keeping the priorities of my life straight in this busy world we live in.

  2. I would like to know what you think of my book Mary's Diary; the Life of Jesus through His Mothers Eyes, Or Two Mothers; Twin Daughters. They are both available from Amazon. Could you at least check them out? I good word from someone as well known as you seem to be, would help me get the word out. Thanks Gina, and may God bless you and your lovely family. Mary's Diary seems to be especially popular with older ministers!


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