This book and studies that have come out of it have radically impacted my thinking with respect to how to effect lasting change in the church community-starting with my own heart before the Lord. Living church becomes a way of life. I have been given the opportunity to facilitate a small group using this material and see the same radical heart changes in others as they too move from being consumers to committed and involved participants.
Every Christian who desires to be used in the lives of others should read this book. It is an excellent, excellent explanation of how change takes place in a believer. Tripp is very practical, thorough, and scriptural in his approach. He leaves out the psychobabble and goes right to the fact that our hearts are desperately wicked. :) I think I underlined the entire book!! :) Especially good to use as a tool for training anyone preparing for some type of counseling--camp, youth ministry, various mentorship ministries, etc. One that you'll read at least three or four times.
This book is a wonderful, thought-provoking book that every Christian should read. Its message is so simple, yet so profound- calling us to see the many ways we can and should minister to those around us. We don't have to be perfect to reach out to others with Christ's love-God can use us while He's still working on our lives as well. I've been involved with various ministries for years, yet found this a wonderful challenge to look for fresh ways to minister 1 on 1 with those around me.