I found Mr. Tripp's book helpful and would recommend it. I felt the book got off to a rather tedious start with what seemed like a lot of meaningless stories from his personal life. However, by chapter 7, he begins an outline (love, know, speak, do) for the counseling process, which is helpful. He brings to our attention a number of concepts which could be very useful in a counseling situation. Mr. Tripp continually goes back to God's Word, which I appreciated.
I was required to read this work for a seminary course, but enjoyed it very much. It is a practical work, that I will use as a reference for years to come. I enjoyed that it had pictures and figures that assist with the ease of understanding information that could otherwise be difficult. I also really appreciate the redemptive quality of the work. It is Bible-driven and filled with the truths of scripture, rather than "self-help" fluff.
This book is one of the best I've read in a very long time. Paul David Tripp takes each disciple into the heart of the issue and begins right at the reader's doorstep. Once one gets a grip on the condition of one's own heart, then Tripp gently and carefully guides toward ministering to the heart of others. Written humbly and with such clarity, this book is a must have for every student who desires to be used of God to help others.