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Lost in the Middle: MidLife and the Grace of God by Paul David Tripp

Lost in the Middle by Paul David Tripp

The Bible never discusses midlife, just like it never discusses teenagers.

Yet the Bible is able to address any of life’s experiences because it was written by the One who made them all. Life on this side of glory is hard. This world is a broken place. You will face things in midlife that beat at the borders of your faith, but you do not have to be lost in the middle of your story.

Although this book is directed at those who are facing the issues of midlife, it has a much broader net than that. Lost in the Middle can help all who are confronted with life in this broken world and have lost their way. The God who seems so distant to you in this moment is actually near and active.

Lost in the Middle is written to give you eyes to see him, to see yourself more clearly, and to find the real hope that you need to carry on.

You do not have to be paralyzed by regret, defeated by aging, and discouraged by the passing of your dreams. This time of life, which can seem like the end of many things, can actually welcome you to a brand new way of living. As is so often the case in your walk with the Lord, this moment of pain is also a moment of grace. Because of this, we all need to occasionally step back, slow down, and consider where we are going. Lost in the Middle will help you to do just that.

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What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage by Paul David Tripp, PB

What Did You Expect? by Paul Tripp

 

 

Internationally known speaker, pastor, teacher and author calls engaged and married couples to a grace-based lifestyle of daily reconciliation, marked by six practical commitments. Marriage, according to Scripture, will always involve two flawed people living with each other in a fallen world. Yet, in Paul Tripp’s professional experience, the majority of couples enter marriage with unrealistic expectations, leaving them unprepared for the day-to-day realities of married life.This unique book introduces a biblical and practical approach to those realities that is rooted in God’s faithfulness and Scripture’s teaching on sin and grace. “Spouses need to be reconciled to each other and to God on a daily basis,” Tripp declares. “Since we’re always sinners married to sinners, reconciliation isn’t just the right response in moments of failure. It must be the lifestyle of any healthy marriage.”What Did You Expect? presents six practical commitments that give shape and momentum to such a lifestyle. These commitments, which include honestly facing sin, weakness, and failure; willingness to change; and embodying Christ’s love, will equip couples to develop a thriving, grace-based marriage in all circumstances and seasons of their relationship.
Endorsements
“At once deeply theological and practically relevant, this is one of the top books on marriage I have ever read. Paul Tripp allows readers to examine marriage through a biblical lens so that we understand how God can graciously heal our hurting homes. As a pastor, I will implore our people to read this book as soon as it is available.”
—Chris Brauns, author, Unpacking Forgiveness; Pastor, The Red Brick Church, Stillman Valley, Iliinois

“What I’ve come to expect from Paul Tripp is consistently deep, transparent, biblical, wise, practical, gospel-driven counsel. Rather than muddying the water with self-focused strategies designed to meet our ever-multiplying needs, Paul, as the seasoned soul-physician he is, correctly diagnoses our problems and provides the cure—humble faith in Jesus Christ. I wasn’t disappointed. You won’t be either.”
—Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, author, Because He Loves Me and Comforts from the Cross

“Paul Tripp brings many years of counseling, growth as a husband, and deepening discovery of the liberating power of grace to this realistic and challenging guide to God’s engagement in redeeming marriages that are threatened by complacency, misunderstanding, and selfishness. The Bible’s message of the humbling and healing power of Christ’s mercy and the powerful presence of his Spirit in our homes comes through loud and clear. The daily practicality of gospel doctrine is made crystal clear by Tripp’s transparency about his personal missteps in becoming a Christ-reflecting husband and the many examples of couples who have discovered that they are sinners married to sinners. But that the third, divine Party in marriage gives hope and change when unrealistic expectations are shattered and when we confront our sin. But be warned: Tripp’s diagnostic questions are downright uncomfortable. Even those with strong marriages by God’s grace will find their deep tendencies toward self-coronation challenged!”
—Dennis E. Johnson, Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California

“Paul Tripp issues a challenge for couples to roll up their sleeves, get to work, and do what it takes to build a God-honoring relationship. He presents six commitments for couples to make, and contained within each is insightful, practical, and effective advice on how to construct a loving, growing, grace-soaked marriage.”
—Mary A. Kassian, Professor of Women’s Studies, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild
This book is ideal to use in a small group study, Sunday school, church wide events, or personal use by couples or individuals.

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Marriage: Whose Dream? by Paul Tripp

Marriage: Whose Dream? by Paul Tripp

 

The dream marriage…. Where does it fall on your wish list? Is the marriage of your dreams the one thing that would make you happy? What if you discovered that God’s dream for you doesn’t match your own? Whose dream really counts? It’s possible to get caught up in our own desires and to expect God to deliver on our terms. But what if he has a different idea–a plan to sanctify us through faith-building struggles in a challenging relationship? What if your dream for the ideal marriage were to crumble? Would your hope and joy crumble with it? They don’t have to. In this eye-opening booklet, Paul David Tripp shows how refocusing your dreams according to divine priorities can invigorate both you and your marriage.

 

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Domestic Abuse: How to Help by Paul Tripp, David Powlison, and Ed Welch

Domestic Abuse by Paul Tripp, David Powlison, and Ed Welch

These three counselors reveal ways to clearly communicate God’s grace to the victims of violence. They demonstrate how to minister with confidence and humility to the afflicted. They ask, “How will you help the privately violent?” We learn that violent people have much in common with other people. Once you know how to deal with your own sins of anger, you can better help other who struggle with violence

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David Powlison is a counselor and faculty member at the CCEF in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Paul David Tripp is a counselor and faculty member at the CCEF in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Edward T. Welch is academic dean of the faculty and director of counseling at the CCEF in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

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Paul David Tripp’s Books and Studies

If you haven’t heard Paul Tripp speak, you need to.  He is a phenomenal speaker and writer because he is real.  He wasn’t always a very gracious husband or father, but he has allowed the Saviour to redeem his worst enemy:  his own sinful self.  As you read these books and pamphlets, Paul will point you to God’s word and you will find the hope that Christ brings to our lives.

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Age of Opportunity
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A Quest for More
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Broken Down house
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How People Change
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Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands
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Lost in the Middle
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Relationships: A Mess Worth Making
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War of Words
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What Did You Expect PB
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Suffering: Eternity Makes a Difference, Pamphlet
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Marriage: Whose Dream?, Pamphlet
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Domestic Abuse, Pamphlet
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Teens and Sex, Pamphlet
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