At General Assembly this year, Eric received a free copy of Paul David Tripp’s Broken-Down House: Living Productively in a World Gone Bad . I just finished it and loved so much of the content.
His main theme is that we are currently living in a world that is like a broken-down home. “Every single room has been dirtied and damaged by sin. Not one part of it shines with anything like the pure glory that was so evident when it was first made.” (17) We know this- we see it in our lives and feel it as live- we say,”Life is hard.” Do we know why it is hard? He says because sin and the fall have made what was once beautiful and easy now difficult and hard.
But Tripp doesn’t leave us there; he reminds us that this broken-down house is in process of being restored. He keeps his metaphor going by reminding us how difficult it is to live in a house that is being restored. It takes patience and time- often you wonder if there is any progress being made. Our encouragement is God’s character and his promises,”God is the ultimate Restorer, and He never rests.” (21)
So finally Tripp helps us apply these truths by encouraging us how to live in an enviroment that is difficult and damaged and yet that is being restored. He challenges us that we “have been created and called by God for more than survival…He wants our lives to be shaped by uncomprimising honesty and undimished hope.” (20) His book is filled with word pictures and life application. I look forward to studying it with a group soon!