Item description for How People Change by Timothy S. Lane & Paul David Tripp...
Overview What does it take for lasting change to take root in your life? If you've ever tried, failed, and wondered why, you need How People Change. This book explains the biblical pattern for change in a clear, practical way you can apply to the challenges of daily life. But change involves more than a biblical formula: you will see how God is at work to make you the person you were created to be. That powerful, loving, redemptive relationship is at the heart of all positive change you experience.
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Studio: New Growth Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.62" Width: 6.18" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2008
Publisher New Growth Press
ISBN 1934885533 ISBN13 9781934885536
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More About Timothy S. Lane & Paul David Tripp
Timothy S. Lane graduated from the University of Oregon with a journalism degree and worked as a sports reporter for The Molalla Pioneer before pursuing a career in publishing in New York City. His writing has appeared in The Good Men Project and Pology. He lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon.
Reviews - What do customers think about How People Change?
Excellent resource Aug 3, 2009
Although I had high expectations when I purchased How People Change, the book turned out to be even better than I expected. In the first few chapters, the authors earned my respect as men who are committed to the power of the gospel to change lives and who are familiar with the human heart, both from their own experience and from counseling others. The first five chapters lay the groundwork for the model of change that is presented in the remaining chapters. Lane and Tripp work hard to help the reader see that the Christian faith is immensely more than just a "get out of Hell free" card. Rather, the gospel is the power of God for our present life, and union with Christ is both how we receive that power and the purpose for which the power is given.
After these introductory chapters, the book moves to a series of chapters that explain a framework for understanding and pursuing change. The basic model is Heat -> Thorns -> Cross -> Fruit -> (repeat). The model focuses on getting to the heart issues that our external sins grow out of and then points to Christ and the sacrifice for our sin and the source of the grace we need to live out the life that God calls us to.
I have found this model presented in How People Change to be quite helpful for several reasons: 1. It recognizes that the circumstances of life are not the cause of my sin. I am. That helps me stop ignoring it or making excuses for it. 2. It pushes me to look at my heart, not just the external behaviors that I want or need to change. 3. It looks to Christ as the one true solution. I cannot change myself but must cast myself upon the One who can. 4. It frees me to live differently by dwelling in the gospel rather than by do-more-try-harder. 5. It recognizes that failure is part of the process and gives me hope that God will use my sin to show me what's in my heart so I can put it to death by the Spirit and become more like Christ. I can own my sin without feeling like I should be "past it".
The book itself is particularly strong in having many presumably real-world (at least, believable) examples of how people might deal with all of the different issues that are brought up. The numerous examples help illustrate how the concepts being presented might work out in real life and thus lend credibility to the ideas.
The other strength of the book that I really appreciated is its wide use of extended quotations from Scripture. Lane and Tripp don't just sprinkle in proof texts to back up their ideas. Rather, they take whole passages, quote the passage right in the text (not just a citation that probably few will actually look up), and walk through it to see how it develops or illustrates what they are addressing. These extended quotes do not include verse numbers within the quote, so it takes some work to figure out what part of the text they are referring to, but as a whole, I think that this approach to teaching is excellent.
One potential weakness of the book is that in focusing on sin that arises out of the circumstances of life, it can miss our many sins of omission--things that we fail to do as we settle into a comfortable, complacent lifestyle. Much of the work is directed inward, so there is little emphasis given to the outward momentum of the renovated heart. Still, if we are diligent to hold the mirror of Scripture to ourselves, I think that these sins will be brought to light where we can address them at the heart level as suggested in the book.
How People Change is an outstanding resource that I would heartily recommend to any believer who desires to see real heart change and who wants to help others do the same. I can easily imagine it being used for small-group study as well.
Can I Give 6 Stars??? May 18, 2009
This book is God-centered and gospel-saturated. This is not a self-help book. This book is one that pinpoints where we need to change and offers the only biblical solution for change--union with Jesus Christ.
Tripp and Lane begin this book by defining the problem--which is that in many areas of our lives we do not believe the gospel. Then, before getting into any practical tips, they lay a solid theological foundation. Before showing us how to change they paint a picture of where God is taking us and point us to the Savior that is taking us there. Then in chapter 7-14 they look at a biblical picture for change. The book ends with a story of one couple's journey as well as one's church's story.
Tripp and Lane write in such a way that you are unable to escape their exhortations. Even in areas where I thought I had it together they wrote with such biblical and penetrating insight that I discovered my need for change is deep. Yet, at the same time they do not leave you on your own as many self-help books do. This book is the exact opposite of self-help. This book draws you to your knees and therein points you to Jesus. Many books about change and practical living are sub-Christian at best and heretical at worse. This book is unbelievably gospel-saturated. One of the great benefits of this book is that it does not claim to work overnight. Tripp and Lane remind us that biblical change is a lifelong process. What a refreshing rebuke to our "quick-fix" church culture. I love that the authors are real and do not promise more help and faster change the Bible does. Part of the great appeal of this book is that admits that the Christian life is messy. And the hope that it offers is that the God of the universe is in control in the midst of the messiness of life. There are few books that are more needed in our church and culture.
This is one of those must have books. My copy is dog-eared and full of underlines--I have had it for less than a year. I keep going back to this book for sermon illustrations as well as for my own personal growth. Whether you are a pastor or not this book is for you. Unless you are Jesus you need to change. And if you need to change there are few books that will lay a better foundation for change than this one.
How People Change Feb 28, 2009
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How People Change . . Dec 12, 2008
It's a great book on how to apply God's Word to our lives.
Highly Recommended! Nov 13, 2008
How People Change is one of the best books I've read this year.
Tripp and Lane believe that the biggest area lacking in Christian counseling today is the gospel. They call this problem the "gospel gap." Too many Christians see the gospel as affecting their past (forgiveness) and their future (hope), but do not understand the practical ways in which the gospel should be brought to bear on their present choices. How People Change seeks to correct "the gospel gap" by providing biblical teaching and and practical instruction.
The opening chapter alone is worth the price of the book. Tripp and Lane believe that our temptation is to seek fullness and fulfillment in something or someone other than Christ. To counter this idolatry, they encourage us to apply the grace of Christ to the everyday details of our lives, not merely the big problems that we face. The rest of the book spells this theme out more clearly - how to apply grace to everyday life.
How People Change avoids moralism. It centers the gospel message, not in abstract terms, but in the story of redemption. Tripp and Lane are big on seeing the gospel within the framework of the biblical Story. They write about the Christian's past and the Christian's future in order to shine light on the Christian's life in the present. Our destination informs our journey.
There are a couple of places where I believe the theological language could be a little more refined. In describing Jesus' crucifixion, the authors write: "The triune God was torn asunder so that we might be united to him and to one another as brothers and sisters in Christ." (69) They interpret Jesus' words on the cross this way: "Why have we been ripped asunder?" I understand the loss of covenant fellowship between Father and Son at the cross. Yet, I am not comfortable with the language that the "perfect unity" that existed between the Trinity being demolished, if even for a time. Do not most theologians see all three members of the Trinity as united in the task of redemption? The authors' description lends itself to the idea that God could somehow be split in his essence and is not careful enough for me.
Another weakness is in the chapter: "Married to Christ." The authors choose to describe individual Christians as being married to Jesus (betrothed is the word they use). But they bypass the church in this chapter. Instead of seeing our marriage to Christ as taking place within the fuller community of faith, they skip the church and talk about the individual being married to Christ. To their credit, by the end of the chapter, they switch the emphasis. In the next chapter, they turn to the community of faith and spend a good amount of time on sanctification within the body of Christ. The rest of the book maintains the right emphasis upon the individual within the context of covenant community. Perhaps that is why the marriage chapter seems out of place. Nowhere does the Bible speak of the individual as being the bride of Christ.
The second half of the book focuses on Heat, Thorns, Cross, and Fruit.
Heat represents the circumstances of life that are beyond our control. Thorns represent those areas of sin that we are easily entangled in. The Cross represents the resources that Christ gives us in our sanctification. Fruit represents the outworking our growth in holiness in tangible ways. I like the way the authors make their case. One of the secondary themes that runs throughout this book is a primary emphasis in the book I am writing for Crossway: we take good things and make them ultimate things. We engage in idolatry whenever take something out of its proper sphere and put it in a place of worship.
How People Change rightly roots our problem in idolatry, not in our lack of self-esteem. We are idolaters at heart. Therefore, the issues must be dealt with at the heart-level.
The authors state their vision for this book:
"Our desire is to see individual Christians and entire churches participate in a ground swell of gospel celebration - a celebration of the amazing grace available to us in Christ."
I believe How People Change is a book that can help churches move in the direction of fulfilling this vision. It is relentlessly biblical, immensely practical, and pastorally helpful. I highly recommend it.