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Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change (Resources for Changing Lives)

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In many ways, the church today has more consumers than committed participants. We see church merely as an event we attend or an organization we belong to, rather than as a calling that shapes our entire life.

Many of us would be relieved if God had place dour sanctification in the hands of trained professionals, but that simply is not the biblical model. God�s plan is that

Paperback, 360 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by P & R Publishing (first published 2002)
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May 31, 2012 John is currently reading it
Quotes that sturck me as I read:
"We must not offer people a system of redemption, a set of insights and principles. We offer people a Redeemer. In his power, we find the hope and help we need to defeat the most powerful enemies. Hope rests in the grace of the Redeemer, the only real means of lasting change." (pg. 8)

"In rejecting a biblical view of people, the world eliminates any hope of answering the 'what is wrong?' question accurately." (...more
Lynn Joshua
I highly recommend it. The author, Paul David Tripp, has a humble attitude, realizing that we are all broken vessels and we need each other for our sanctification. He gets to the root of our human problem by asserting that we are all worshipers - if not of God then of something in His place. We can see how personal trouble and relational disorders come from wrongly-directed worship.

Tripp definitely keeps God at the center of his attempts to help others in need, and does not add to the message of...more
Brett Mclaughlin
Every bit of good news must stem from a bad state or situation. News cannot be good if it is not relative to a state that is not good, or at the least, not as good. Humans strive and seek for better marriage, more money, greater happiness; all of these seekings, then, are for improvements in an initial condition. Tripp implicitly acknowledges this when he begins his treatment of the redemptive work in and through humans with an extended discussion of sin.
The gospel saves and redeems people. That...more
Jul 04, 2008 Anita rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any Believer/ Counselors
I am actually re-reading this book and am learning just as much this time through as I did the first time through. Any believer, counselor or not, who is personally involved with other believers would benefit from what this book has to say. Paul Tripp repeatedly drives home the theme that we are called to be involved in each other's lives for the glory of God. I especially appreciate the humble attitude Tripp uses when giving examples from his life. It makes him seem so much more real, and makes...more
This is a fantastic book!

Often times illustrations or stories in a book detract from the overall quality in the book; they are usually comprised of fluff, intended only to add pages to the book. Thankfully, Tripp’s book does not do that. Every illustration powerfully or clearly brought a point or truth home. His illustrations and stories obviously stem from many years of his own personal sanctification journey and also his own ministry to others.

Tripp throughout the book emphasizes the role of...more
Paul Mackey
A good book with great insights, but written more like a textbook or a manual than an easy to access read (as I find typical of most of Tripp's writings). This book provided some great insights into the role of our hearts in relational conflicts, as well as what it means to be instruments in God's hands for His work in other's lives. Tripp does a great job of providing a grace centered approach to ministering to others. Perhaps my favorite aspect of this book is the way that Tripp takes passages...more
One of the best resources on discipleship around. Great book. This book emphasizes getting to the heart and pointing people to Christ and provides practical wisdom for doing so. The author makes it clear that discipleship is not for the paid pastors but part of the life of every Christian. I also appreciated the emphasis of discipleship best taking place in the context of the local church and among people you have (or are intentionally building) a relationship with. My one criticism is that some...more
John Yelverton
An incredible read which has such deep and pithy observations on life that it will often cut you to the quick. A great source for those seeking advice and needing to give advice.
Megan Hession
Sep 16, 2010 Megan Hession is currently reading it
Interestingly, I disagree with some of his basic theology (i.e. that the Fall was not part of God's ordained will), but so far I find his application of Scripture to be very appropriate. He begins the book by looking at how the basic outline of God's redemptive plan (Creation - Fall - Salvation) gives us clues for counseling. For example, at the Creation, God talks to Adam & Eve and gives them instructions; this is a unique approach that God takes with his creation. Until making humans, God...more
A 5 star book on applying the gospel to everyday ministry to individuals. Paul Tripp combines a thoroughly gospel-centred approach (many of the main points are made via extended exgesis of biblical passages) with the strengths of a 'personal counselling' approach. Probably the most practical / real life book about the gospel that I've ever read, and certainly the most biblical, gospel-centred book on counselling I ever read. I'll re-read this one a few more times in the next few years! 1. Love p...more
Jan 21, 2009 Dawn added it
I learned that each of us play a roll in carrying the Gospel to others (whether we realize it or not), and some of us carelessly give advice or act in ways that don't bring Glory to God. We must be careful in all we do, because we either draw people to Jesus or push them away. I also learned that sin is so deceitful that it fools each and everyone of us into thinking that our version of reality is right and true, when in actuality, God created us to need community with each other so we can help...more
Tremendous book which I go back to again and again for its wisdom.
Anything by Tripp is good, but this one is above them all.

I am always meeting with people, but not always do I feel like I have what it takes to meet with people. Does that make sense?

The core of this book is found in its title, "People in need of change helping people in need of change". This book is an outstanding resource and doesn’t seem like a 5 step solution to being the perfect counselor. My only regret is that I wasn't led to this resource sooner. Buy it, read it, apply it, use it!
Dec 27, 2010 Michelle marked it as to-read
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Rec. by dad. Many of us would be relieved if God had placed our sanctification in the hands of trained professionals, but that simply is not the biblical model. God’s plan is that through the faithful ministry of every part, the whole body will grow to maturity in Christ. This is a comprehensive treatment of how God uses people as tools of change in the lives of others, people who themselves are in need of change.
Amy Kannel
This textbook for my counseling class was so packed with rich truth that I will need to revisit it. My only complaint was that it was long on examples from the author's formal counseling experience and short on examples to help the average churchgoer (like me) minister to others in informal settings. Still, lots of practical advice about applying the gospel to people's struggles.
Neil Geisel
Excellent book. One of my favorite themes in this book was the use of "reframing" situations to God's sovereign plan. As people in need and works in progress, we tend to blame situations and others for our depressions and life circumstances. It was helpful for Paul David Tripp to point out passages of scripture that prove and illustrate how God has shown us his heart and character. Like the Bible says in Romans 8:28 that God is redemptively active in my life "in all things". If we do not make th...more
I LOVED this book. I think almost every page has highlighting or notes of some sort. This book is for everyone, truly life-changing, and I especially found it helpful as a parent. Tripp is so full of grace, and you can't help but feel his passion for his subject and his compassion for his readers.
I have been looking for a curriculum to train my volunteers in the Care Ministry at my church. I've looked and looked and my pastor said maybe I'd just have to write one!! Definitely want a Bible centered approach, but being a therapist, I also want it to have techniques for helping people that genuinely help create change!! Could not for the life of me find something already written that was exactly what I wanted --- UNTIL, that is, I found Paul David Tripp. This book is EXACTLY what I was look...more
Jennifer Karr
This is a terrific book, but a tough book. It really digs into places that many times we as Christians prefer not to go.

This book is meant for both lay people and professional counselors. There are challenges in here that apply to every Christian, whether in a formal counseling ministry or simply trying to learn to be a better, authentic Christian friend. I found it immensely helpful to have read this book as part of a Bible Study that included both our church counselors and other lay people li...more
God uses his people, redeemed sinners who are in need of change, as tools for change in the lives of others. I was challenged on every page. A great resource for mentoring, too.

"Personal ministry is not about always knowing what to say. It is not about fixing everything in sight that is broken. Personal ministry is about connecting people with Christ so that they are able to think as he would have them think, desire what he says is best, and do what he calls them to do even if their circumstance...more
In this book Paul Tripp gives a layman's version of his philosophy of counseling. At the center of his philosophy is the wonderful, difficult, biblical truth: we need change at the level of our hearts. That is, our desires and objects of worship must change if we are to have any hope of faithful behavior and healthy relationships. Tripp gives many—almost too many—lists of the steps he takes in listening to a counselee, evaluating the help that they need, then communicating biblical advice to the...more
Thomas Freeman
“Instruments In The Redeemer’s Hands” by Paul Tripp

I am so thankful to have walked into my office one day only to find this book sitting on my desk. I had this book highly recommended to me and I can honestly say that I pass that same high recommendation on to others. Thank you, Jim.

The subtitle, “People needing change helping people who need change” is an excellent summary. This book really focuses on a new way of looking at life in the context of the body of Christ. Paul does a great job of hu...more
Peter N.
Paul Tripp is one of the most consistently edifying authors around. This book was no exception. Any pastor or individual who wishes to be used by Christ to counsel those around them must read this book. As usual, Tripp is clear. His books are always well outlined, almost to a fault. There are numerous lists, which are marked out by italics or bold so you can keep going back to them. There were also several diagrams to help with understanding. Several themes in the book stuck with me:

First, all c...more
Kyle Beshears
Many works have been written on a theology of Christian counseling or the practice thereof. Very few have wed the two so closely that it is difficult to see the utility of one without the other. In his superb work Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, author Paul David Tripp provides a stunning example of just such a marriage of the two. It is difficult to see a disconnect between the importance of a good theology of Christian counseling and its practice after reading Tripp’s work. It should come...more
This is a very accessible read. Tripp helps the reader to understand how pervasive the trinity is in our lives, and explicates the ways sin holds us back from being instruments of God.
This book gave me a better understanding of the Holy Spirit at work in my life, and I found it to be encouraging. For all you English/linguistic nerds: This book also reveals how language can be life giving or life taking, according to how the speaker is led or self-motivated, respectively.
Excellent book! This book helps define our church's ministry model along with The Trellis and the Vine. It's reading for all Christians. From the author's words, "This book is first of all a call to live in a daily ministry lifestyle rooted in God's Word." Ministry, too often, is thought of a "job for the pastor only." Church members may think, "I go to church on Sunday to hear a sermon then I'm good for the rest of the week." But Paul Tripp leads us to the conviction that all who belong to Jesu...more
Lincoln Forlong
As we have come to expect of Paul David Tripp, this is another outstanding work. A must read for those wishing to not only better understand the reasons why we are what we are, but who wish to assist others in growing to be different, to be like Jesus Christ.
This is more that a text book, it is a true resource which can be referred to over and over.
The author masterfully writes in every day language, giving many examples and applications of biblical truths and principles.
In all of life, Paul Da...more
This will be a helpful resource in my life. Tripp knows the heart and uses God's word with skill.

I did wince a couple times when I felt Tripp was perhaps not being as clear on certain aspects, such as how God relates to love, and some might be led to believe he was saying something he was not, but I think the rest of the book makes clear the true relation of love to God (i.e. that God is love, is from God, and must not be equated with being God). But, idk, I'm pretty sensitive to things like tha...more
Brent Ward
His use of the term incarnate is bothersome. I know what he was getting at, but still. There are few other things but for the most part I enjoyed reading this with a group of men at the church. It provoked some really good and beneficial conversations.
Alison Brown
I LOVED this book. I don't think I've ever said there's a book every Christian should read, but I would say that about Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands. Tripp uses his counseling experience to profoundly bridge the gap between biblical theology and how the gospel impacts our interpretations of the suffering and messy relationships of daily life. I gained a new perspective both on my own heart struggles (how persistently I seek my own kingdom) and how all Christians are called to an essential...more
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Paul was born in Toledo, Ohio to Bob and Fae Tripp on November 12, 1950. Paul spent all of his growing years in Toledo until his college years when his parents moved to Southern California.
At Columbia Bible College from 1968-1972, (now Columbia International University) Paul majored in Bible and Christian Education. Although he had planned to be there for only two years and then to study journalis...more
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