Suffering Gospel hope when life doesn't make sense

Paul David Tripp, 1950-

Book - 2018

"Author Paul David Tripp "weaves together his personal story, years of counseling experience, and biblical insights to help those in the midst of suffering, identifying six traps to avoid and six comforts to embrace."

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Religious materials
Personal narratives
Wheaton, Illinois : Crossway [2018]
Main Author
Paul David Tripp, 1950- (author)
Physical Description
216 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • The day my life changed
  • Suffering is never neutral
  • The awareness trap
  • The fear trap
  • The envy trap
  • The doubt trap
  • The denial trap
  • The discouragement trap
  • The comfort of God's grace
  • The comfort of God's presence
  • The comfort of God's sovereignty
  • The comfort of God's purpose
  • The comfort of God's people
  • The comfort of a heart at rest.
Review by Library Journal Review

"Suffering shouldn't surprise us, but it almost always does," writes Tripp (Sex in a Broken World), a newly health-conscious evangelical speaker and preacher, who, felled by a significant illness, came to believe that all suffering is ultimately spiritual welfare-not simply a battle for health or relationships but a fight "to the borders of our faith." For Tripp, this book-comprising chapters on both the various spiritual traps that arise from hardship and the comforts that come from (primarily evangelical) faith-is intended to help readers identify these traps while also demonstrating concrete ways to seek God's grace. Pain does not define oneself; in the end, it might help individuals realize limitations as well as the need to relinquish control. However, the efficacy of these insights remains to be seen as adversity is not so easily overcome by faith-driven optimism. VERDICT While suffering as faith builder may not speak to everyone, Tripp presents questions for review and reflection that are likely to benefit both individuals and group discussion.-Sandra -Collins, -Byzantine Catholic Seminary Lib., Pittsburgh © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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