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Broken-Down House

Broken-Down House [Kindle Edition]

Paul David Tripp

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Sin has ravaged the house that God created. This world sits slumped, disheveled, and in pain, groaning for the restoration that can only be accomplished by the hands of him who built it in the first place. The bad news is that you and I are living right in the middle of the restoration process. The good news is that the divine Builder will not relent until everything about his house is made totally new again. Emmanuel lives here with us, and he is at work returning his house to its former beauty.
Someday you will live forever in a fully restored house, but right now you are called to live with peace, joy, and productivity in a place damaged by sin. How can you be an active part of the restoration at the heart of God s plan? The book in your hands will teach you to live productively in the here and now.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Shepherd Press (29 Sep 2011)
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  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Living Productively during Everyday Christianity 13 July 2009
By Kendall Coffman - Published on
God has a restorer's eye! If that were not true, He would stop at the curb, examine our broken-down lives and drive off. But, He is not that way. He has intimate knowledge of our condition, and even while we were His enemies - Christ died to restore us (Romans 5:8). After being redeemed, it becomes our privilege to join with God in this restoration project of our broken-down world.

Paul Tripp's latest book was written in the genre of a modern word picture, that of a broken-down house. We are called not just to survive the damage, but to take active part in the restoration of the fixer-upper. This book proposes to teach one how to live productively (above the damage) in a world that has been torn down by sin.

The first section of the book (which covers 10 chapters) explains truths we need to know in order to live productively in this broken-down house. It includes topics like being honest about our sin and weaknesses, trusting God, relying on Scripture, waiting on God, and living for eternity.

The second section of the book (which covers 5 chapters) explains what we need to do in order to live productively. This seems to follow the often-used pattern of the Apostle Paul who used the knowing/doing motif (i.e. Romans, Ephesians, Colossians, etc.). This section includes topics like rejecting passivity, pursuing community, and having a ministry lifestyle (not just practicing ministry on a time-clock). The book concludes with 1 chapter on the legacy of one's life.

Further notes on the book:
* The descriptions/nuances of grace (pp. 42-43) were excellent. I have included some of them below.
* Tripp's chapters on waiting (ch. 9) and ministry (ch. 15) are especially good.
* Overall, the book has the keen analysis and diagnosis of life that you would expect from an expert in biblical counseling. Tripp does a very fine job of connecting truth with the way it attaches itself to real life. The life examples do not seem forced or far-fetched. They are well thought out and relevant...which does a better job of making me/us accountable to the lessons he brings. Thanks is given to him for his valuable contribution of this I wholly recommend.

Some excerpts on grace from chapter 3:
"Grace will turn your life upside down while giving you a rest you have never known."
"Grace will convince you of your unworthiness without ever making you feel unloved."
"Grace will make you acknowledge that you cannot earn God's favor, and it will remove your fear of not measuring up to his standards."
"Grace will put you in your place without ever putting you down."
"Grace will confront you with profound weakness, and at the same time introduce you to new-found strength."
"Grace will make you as uncomfortable as you have ever been, while offering you more comfort than you have ever known."
"Grace will decimate your kingdom as it introduces you to a better King."
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-Shaping Perspective on Where I Live and Who I Am 17 July 2009
By Daniel A. Patz - Published on
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I experienced it this morning when I woke up and I haven't gone one hour without be reminded by the reality of its presence. I live in a broken-down house. No, I am not talking about my home in Forest Lake, I am talking about this world and everyone in it--including myself.

This current state of affairs is the result of man's sin. God created a beautiful world and yet we rebelliously thought we could rule and manage it better than He could. The folly of our decision is seen all around us. If you need some convincing, read the headlines, watch the news, check your friend's Facebook status, and talk to people and you will know what I mean. However, the good news is that the Creator of this house is in a glorious restoration process based on His Son's work on the Cross. Through His Son, Jesus, He is committed to redeeming what is now broken. He has and is in the process of transforming sinners into Christ-like beings through GRACE. Yes, if we are truly saved it's because we are recipients of grace. Only people who understand their sinfulness can properly appreciate the magnitude of this grace, and only those who have experienced this grace can truly be honest and courageous enough to deal with their sinfulness. It is hard to be productive when everything is a mess. I can't stand having my desk cluttered much less a house in half-disrepair. I remember several years ago when we were refinishing the floors in our kitchen and dining room. I found, at times, it almost debilitating to do anything while the mess/project was still open. We are called to live in a house that is broken-down and is in the process of renovation and we are called to live productively. How?

Paul David Tripp gives a wise and winsome answer to this question as He biblically takes on the subjects of sin, grace, hope, sanctification, faith, waiting, righteous anger, love, ministering, community and worship in his book--Broken-Down House: Living Productively in a World Gone Bad. This is a book that, thought delivered from, was a timely message from God to my soul over the past two weeks.

Tripp warns us of the dangers of location and identity amnesia. We practically or functionally forgot where we live and who we really are. We live in a broken-down house and as Christians our identity is founded upon the two pillars of sinner and child of grace. He does a great job explaining and illustrating what he means and how this practically plays itself out in real life--in marriage, parenting, work, church, ministry, hardships, disappointments, etc.

Needless to say, I highly recommend Paul Tripp (and his other books) and his book - Broken-Down House.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Realistic Look at Life 19 Nov 2009
By Joel S. Frady - Published on
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This is one of the most realistic books about life that I have read. Author Paul David Tripp acknowledges that this is a beautiful and broken world. He is neither overly optimistic, like so many books that claim to offer the "key idea or practice" that will unlock everything, nor overly pessimistic, holding out no hope of progress or joy.

The book begins with making sure that the reader understands the condition of the world and ourselves. Tripp uses the metaphor of the Broken-Down House to describe our lives and the world. We are called to remember where we are (in a world corrupted by sin one day to be restored) and who we are (sinners who are also children of grace because of the work of Jesus). We are also to trust in God's sovereignty, especially when we can't make sense of life in the broken-down house. Tripp then reminds us that, in contrast to the sovereign God, we are limited, finite creatures, who must not try to usurp God's sovereign place in our lives. We live in proper perspective when we keep our minds fixed on eternity, on the truth that the broken-down house will be restored. Tripp finishes the book with a section on doing. He calls us to reject passivity, pursue community, determine to love, celebrate grace and minister everywhere. The book ends with the truth that we all leave a legacy. This legacy is something we should examine, to see if it honors God.

This book was very helpful as I read it with a group of men. The discussions from our readings were very profitable and shed much light on the book.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 23 July 2010
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It is often said that you cannot judge a book by its cover. The cover for "Broken-Down House" is one of the best looking covers I have ever seen. The creative team at Tobias' Outerwear for Books has once again designed an eye-catcher. To have the inside of this book worthy of the outside, author Paul David Tripp had his work cut out for him.

Paul Tripp is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries and is on the pastoral staff of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. Previously he was a counselor at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (Glenside, PA) and is an Adjunct Professor at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia, PA). He is not to be confused with his brother Tedd Tripp, also an author of note.

It wasn't only the cover that attracted me to this book. I had just read Tripp's "War of Words" which I found particularly edifying. Soon, I will be using his "What Did You Expect" marriage curriculum in a Sunday School class. I appreciate his "down to earth" style. A style suited for a book on a sin cursed earth, or as he calls it a "Broken-Down House." However, it is not just this world that is broken, we are too. This book encourages us to cooperate with what the Master Carpenter is doing to restore the brokenness.

This book is divided into two parts. Part One is "Knowing" (chapters 1-10) and Part Two is "Doing" (chapters 11-16).

What must we know? "Sin has left this world in a sorry condition. You see it everywhere you look" (p. 17). Because of this at "every point and every moment, your life is messier and more complicated than it really ought to be because everything is so much more difficult in such a terribly broken world" (p. 17). In spite of this, "God calls us to live productively in a world gone bad" (p. 21).

To live productively we must know where we are (chapter 2) and who we are (chapter 3). We also must understand God's sovereignty (chapter 4) and our limitations (chapter 5). We must forsake human wisdom and trust God's wisdom (chapter 6). We must be careful not to confuse "spirituality" with true conversion (chapter 7). We must focus on eternity (chapter 8), actively wait (chapter 9) and get angry at sin (chapter 10).

After knowing comes doing. According to Tripp, we should get involved in renewing this broken-down world (chapter 11). We need to pursue biblical community (chapter 12) and love others (chapter 13). We must celebrate grace (chapter 14) and see our total life as ministry (chapter 15). Finally, we should take steps to insure that we leave a strong spiritual legacy (chapter 16).

The key to this book is chapter three. Every Christian has two identities, sinner and saint ("child of grace"). As a sinner, we are not as good as we think we are. The Bible, however, serves as "the world's best diagnostic tool" (p. 36). Even though we live in a broken-down world, our environment is not the problem. We are the problem. Our spouse, children, job, church, government, etc. is not our biggest problem. I am a sinner, that's my biggest problem.

But we are more than sinners. As a child of grace we are better than we can imagine. "It is only the person who is deeply aware of his sin who gets excited about grace, and it is only grace that can give you the courage to humbly face the enormity of your sin" (p. 42). "Grace will put you in your place without ever putting you down" (p. 42). Where sin leaves us unable, grace enables us. Grace will inevitably and finally deliver us. We are loved by a "dissatisfied Redeemer" (p. 46).

One area that Tripp revisits is how this sinful condition affects marriage and family. It starts with "our western culture" concept of dating, which he likens to "used-car sales" (p. 25). The idea is to sell yourself. "The last thing you want is for the other person to really get to know you. Consequently, a man who doesn't like to shop will suddenly be saying things like `Sure, honey, I would love to go to another twelve stores to look for those special shoes you have in mind.' A woman who doesn't appreciate sports will find herself volunteering to watch sports with her date and his buddies for hour upon endless grueling hour" (p. 25). The problem is, forgetting we live in a broken world, they each believe they have found the perfect mate. "Six months after the wedding, the wife is crying and saying, `This is not the man I married!' But of course, he is. He is precisely the man she married. It's the guy she dated who was the fake!" (p. 25-26).

Tripp believes that even Christians often marry out of love for self, not love for the other person. The one believes that the other will meet a need in his or her own life. "They think they love one another, but in the biblical sense they really don't. What they love is what the other person appears to offer them. What they have actually married is their dream. In an act of narcissism, they have made a lifelong vow to an aspect of themselves" (p. 198).

Concerning how this broken down world affects child rearing, he writes, "It amazes me how often parents are actually irritated at the amount of parenting their children seem to need" (p. 194). "We are easily satisfied with raising children who learn to jump through our behavioral hoops, but don't really have hearts for God" (p. 197).

The remedy to all this is what Tripp calls sharing our "Redeemer's dissatisfaction." Our "dissatisfied Redeemer" will "not rest until every microbe of sin has been eradicated from every cell of the hearts of every one of his children" (p. 196). We must be as dissatisfied as God is about our problems. We must be the tools He uses to restore this world gone bad.

Although this book is thoroughly biblical, the author could have used more scripture to support his propositions. As a premillennialist, I would have liked to see some reference to the second coming as the ultimate answer to a broken-down world. In spite of these reservations, I heartily recommend this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Insight 22 Mar 2011
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This book helped me see life in a whole new perspective. I recommend it for anyone seeking answers in this difficult life.
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