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Number of Pages: 192
Publication Date: 2015
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Astonished: Recapturing the Wonder, Awe, and Mystery of Life with GodMike ErreDavid C. Cook / 2014 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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Your God Is Too Safe: Rediscovering the Wonder of a God You Can't ControlMark BuchananMultnomah Books / 2001 / Trade Paperback$8.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 10 Reviews
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Paul David Tripp (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a pastor, author, and international conference speaker. He is also the president of Paul Tripp Ministries and the executive director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas. He has written a number of popular books on Christian living, including What Did You Expect?, Dangerous Calling, Parenting, and New Morning Mercies. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Luella and they have four grown children. For more information and resources, visit paultrippministries.org.
Our hearts are always captured by something--that's how God made us. But sin threatens to distract us from the glory of our Creator. All too often, we stand in awe of everything but God.
Uncovering the lies we believe about all the earthly things that promise us peace, life, and contentment, Paul Tripp redirects our gaze to God's awe-inducing glory--showing how such a vision has the potential to impact our every thought, word, and deed.
Gregory FindlayWichita Falls, TXAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5I'm in Awe of "Awe"October 8, 2016Gregory FindlayWichita Falls, TXAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A must read for everyone who claims to be a Christian.
Tam5 Stars Out Of 5AWEMay 12, 2016TamQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 5This is a must read book. The first chapter alone was so enthralling. I am passing this around to all my friends. What a great book
MikeMontanaAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5AweFebruary 3, 2016MikeMontanaAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you find yourself hungering for "more" or wishing to be confronted with a fresh, relentless discussion, then this is the book for you. So often "long term Christians" can be trapped in their theological comfort zones, yet the key ingredient has not been acknowledged for years and years. Paul Tripp takes on every aspect of life and presents a challenging dialog focused solely upon that singular key ingredient. We have lost the Awe of God. Oh yes we speak of the sovereign nature, but the Awe has been lost, diminished or not even a reality any more. Though my children have left my home I look forward to implementing his recommendations on my grandchildren immediately. You will be challenged, refreshed and see much more clearly how God requires us to remain in Awe of him, A great resource for personal growth.
Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Hard-wired for AweDecember 16, 2015Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
My sixteen-year old and I are laboring over chemistry together these days, and his textbook has decreed that we are not to move on to Chapter 5 until he is confident in balancing equations.
Were not going anywhere right away, so . . .
We have spent this week with a printed worksheet of fifty chemical equations, working through them one-by-one, and were taking it slowly, because this is a boy who is hard-wired for a different kind of work. He needs the chemistry as a means to an end so were making every effort, but God has hard-wired this brown-eyed son for working with his hands.
Paul David Tripp, author of Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say and Do, is helping me to see that the human heart has been hard-wired for awe. We give ourselves to the worship of one thing after another good things and some, maybe, not so good but supplanting the One who made them all. The truth is that the only satisfactory object for our awe is God Himself. Looking for awe in other places results in a continual search.
The decisions we make about our lives are largely awe-driven. For example, if I live in awe of material things, I will work to acquire them, spend my time maintaining them, neglect other valuable things in the process, and still come away feeling empty. This misplaced awe, however, has a purpose. In the disappointment and frustration, my eyes will see that this lesser object of my awe is merely a road sign pointing me to the place where the awe of my heart should rest.
It follows, then, that much of what we struggle to overcome in the Christian life are not merely problems of addiction or discontent or dishonesty. We have a problem with misplaced awe. Adam and Eve got us off on the wrong foot in the Genesis 3 account of awe gone wrong. Although they had everything, they wanted more. Eve was transfixed with an awe of independent wisdom. Tracing the biblical narrative throughout history from their son Cain and on through Samson, Saul, Nebuchadnezzar, and even Jesus power-hungry disciples, it is clear that awe of God is very quickly replaced by awe of self.
God is in a battle for the awe of our hearts, and the story of the Gospel frames the lengths to which He was willing to go to recapture the hearts of humanity. But even safe in the Kingdom, the heart is not immune to waywardness. If my heart is not given over to the worship of God, it will give itself to the worship of something else.
One phrase from Psalm 145:4 changed the trajectory of Paul David Tripps ministry:
One generation shall commend your works to another.
He came to understand that the focus of ministry is to hold the glory of Gods works before His people in order to inspire awe of God in their hearts, and its a never-ending process, because even though we are hard-wired for awe, we are awe amnesiacs. Whatever the sin that plagues and beguiles, it can be diagnosed as an awe problem: debt, adultery, and gluttony are evidence that the sinner is asking of things what you will only ever get from the God of glory, who alone can satisfy the searching heart. Early in life, we reveal our sinful tendency to replace awe of the Creator with awe of something in the creation, (Romans 1:25). Vertical awe is, thereby, replaced with horizontal addiction.
Paul David Tripp examines his thesis from various angles, like turning a cut stone in the light:
Viewed in light of humanitys awe amnesia, the physical world becomes a God-given mnemonic to help us remember the grandeur and glory of the One who set it all in motion.
Transgressions of the law become evidence of a heart that has not been captivated by God because the seedbed for a life of obedience is awe.
Gathered worship of Gods people becomes an opportunity for the under-shepherd to give people their awe back again.
Complaining reveals itself as anti-praise, deeply theological and moral evidence that the complainer questions the goodness of God, His intention to keep His promises, His sovereignty, His power, and His love.
The Christian life, then, is a continual process of awe reclamation. This is all of grace and is fueled by a right understanding of who God is. Tripp recommends regular immersion in worldview literature, passages such as Isaiah 40 that support a heart-pounding, silence-inducing, worship-stimulating awe of God, and therefore, place God as very powerful and wise and caring in the center of the universe. This spills over into how we parent, how we do church, how we view work, and ultimately how we view ourselves. Awe of God frees the believer from bondage to awe of lesser things and opens the door to a deep and abiding rest in the knowledge that our hearts will ultimately be satisfied in the not yet of eternity when we realize that every longing we ever knew was simply pointing toward the moment when we would see God face-to-face.
This book was provided by Crossway in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The true desire of our heartOctober 26, 2015bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We have an awe problem, Tripp writes. We are hard wired for awe. God created us that way. Our focus is to be on the beauty of God but other kinds of awe have captured our heart. We need to refocus our wondering heart on God again and again for nothing else will satisfy.
God intentionally loaded the world with amazing things to leave you astounded. Tripp says God created us with the ability to take in that awe and pursue it. The awe we pursue controls our thoughts and emotions and shapes the direction of our life.
Tripp helps us determine the awe we pursue. We will always be dissatisfied if our pursuit is not for the awe found in God. All other awe was created to point us to God.
There is a war going on for what will rule our pursuit. Sin replaces our worship of God with worship of self. Tripp argues that our wrong pursuit is at the root and source of every evil thing we think, say, and do. He shows us in Scripture how this war is being waged. Reading Isaiah 40 is the beginning of getting on the right path again.
Tripp has nailed it. He reveals the true source of our disappointment, our hurt, our anger, our frustration. Our emotions reveal what has captured our awe, as does our complaining. We will not find what we are looking for in created things, yet we keep looking, keep trying.
I highly recommend this book to every Christian. Tripp has a special section for pastors and another for parents, but this book is for all Christians who want to understand the longing and how it is rightly filled. He writes, ...only when your heart is satisfied in him can you be free of looking for spiritual satisfaction in the fleeting pleasures of the physical world.
I recommend this book to anyone who is seeking personal happiness and fulfillment and has not found it. Tripp has great insight into our condition and that for which we so desperately seek. May we seek to have hearts captured by the awe of God. Reading this book helps us understand how to focus on that which truly fills us.
Food for thought: Only when awe of God progressively replaces awe of self will we joyfully, willingly, and consistently live as God designed us to live.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.