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Overview In the newest release by New Growth Press and the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation, Paul David Tripp expertly traverses the deepest recesses of the human heart and compassionately invites fellow Christian travelers to journey with him into God?s bigger kingdom. The author promises readers that they will be encouraged, excited, and motivated by hope as they learn how to set aside their ?little kingdom? attachments which can expertly masquerade within the church as Christian activism, legalism, emotionalism, formalism, creedalism, and externalism; in favor of God?s expansive and soul-freeing eternal quest.
Tripp demonstrates though sound biblical principles how humanity is made by God to transcend far beyond the mere physical realm and is likewise created to be ?glory junkies;? those whose visionary lives are governed by God?s grand purposes rather than existing only within their narrow self-interested confines. Writes the author, ?It is a fundamental denial of your humanity to narrow the size of your life to the size of your own existence, because you were created to be an ?above and more? being. You were made to be transcendent.? Tripp then shows Christians how to ?transcend? through daily, moment-by-moment, practical methodology that transforms individuals into the image of Christ.
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Studio: New Growth Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6.35" Height: 0.56" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher NEW GROWTH PRESS #1265
ISBN 0978556747 ISBN13 9780978556747
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More About Paul David Tripp
Paul David Tripp (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a pastor, author, and international conference speaker. He is also the president of Paul Tripp Ministries. He has written a number of popular books on Christian living, including What Did You Expect?, Dangerous Calling, Parenting, andNew Morning Mercies. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Luella and they have four grown children. For more information and resources, visit paultrippministries.org.
Paul David Tripp currently resides in the state of Pennsylvania. Paul David Tripp was born in 1950.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Quest For More?
More than just an inspiring read Feb 4, 2008
Reviewed by Vicki Landes for Reader Views (1/08)
"A Quest for More" strives to show our lives as `little kingdoms' in relation to God's kingdom in hopes that we realize we need more than just a busy jumble of daily activities to be satisfied. Instead, Tripp focuses on transcendence - to rise above ourselves for something much greater. "This desire for transcendence is in all of us because God placed it there. He constructed us to live for more than ourselves." He urges us to use this God-given drive for something other than gaining material possessions or personal success.
Paul David Tripp imparts some very weighty points for consideration and contemplation throughout his book. Further, he makes it easy to see how his information can be applied in a myriad of situations in everyday life. "A Quest for More" is extremely thorough and organized in examining a transcendent lifestyle while backed with plenty of biblical scriptures. Like his other books, Tripp writes with the gentle tone of fatherly authority. "A Quest for More" is encouraging and uplifting while holding firm to its heavenly principles of service to God.
"A Quest for More" is more than just an inspiring read; it's a catalyst for action and inner scrutiny. I especially liked his points he makes in regard to today's `Jesus is my BFF' mentality: "In our comfortable, meet-my-needs, God's-my-best-buddy form of Christianity, [fear of the Lord] is a very timely call." I see "A Quest for More" as a jarring reality check for anyone who feels their method of worship has hit a plateau or gotten too easy.
Looking for more out of life? Paul David Tripp offers more in his appropriately titled new book, "A Quest for More," but it's not what our society views as the typical path to a bigger, better life. Scriptural foundations still have modern day applications and Paul David Tripp makes it easy to learn the how's and why's of living for something much bigger than yourself.
What 'Purpose Driven Life' should have been...very helpful and humbling Jan 30, 2008
Let me first say that if you are a Christian this is one of those books that you think you should read but really don't want to. Let's face it, most of us do not enjoy being confronted, challenged, and shown that we are wrong. It is much more appealing to our fallen natures to be affirmed and pacified rather than admonished and exhorted. However, for the believer we should be pursuing a life that is centered on the glory and exaltation of God rather than the shameful preservation of self. A Quest for More, by Paul Tripp, is a tool to deflate your pride, recalibrate your life, and increase your love for the God of grace.
The book pivots on a universal problem, we are living for the glory and kingdom of ourselves rather than the transcendent glory and kingdom of God. [Let me just say to all of my dispensationalist friends, he is not talking about the literal physical kingdom but the universal, sovereign reign of God over all things. So, please don't check out and dismiss this book because of terminology, the blessing far outweighs personal preferences here.]
Tripp writes, "In a fallen world there is a powerful pressure to constrict your life to the shape and size of your life. There is a compelling tendency to forget who you are and what you were made for. There is a tendency to be short-sighted, myopic, and easily distracted. There is a tendency to settle for less when you have been created for more. There is something expansive, glorious, and eternal that is meant to give direction to everything you do. And when you lose sight of it, you have effectively denied your own humanity."
He goes on to caution against a wrong mindset that this is all about adding more stuff to your list and instead says it is about injecting your list with transcendent purpose: "It is about living for a greater kingdom than the kingdom of my life, my family, and my job. And where do I live for this greater kingdom? In my life, in my family, and in my job! This book was not written to call to you to stop doing everything you have been doing or to start doing a bunch of new things. Rather, it is a call to do what God has called you to do with a vision that is as broad and deep as the glory of God."
With these marching orders, Tripp sets out dissect the readers' lives by demonstrating ways that we "shrink our lives to the size of our lives". He couches the discussion in biblical theology, starting with the fall (which is worth the price of the book), and working through the horrific implications of being self-consumed, pursuing self-righteousness in accordance with self-authority and at the end of the day, claiming self-worship. I was thankful for Tripp's penetrating analysis into `church life' where, regrettably, small kingdom living too often prevails. His antidotes that open each chapter and fill the book are extremely practical, well-suited, and very understandable. Additionally, Tripp's fluid, clear, and descriptive writing style make this book a double blessing as he stamps his teaching on various everyday items that you will encounter and think of his lessons (jazz music, gardening, shrink wrap, movies, etc..). I can't drive down the street, open up my fridge, talk to my kids, serve at the church, or call someone on the phone without wondering what kingdom I am living for...this is real life change, folks, and it is good.
One of the most helpful chapters was "The Shrink Dynamic", here is a quote that summarizes what he is saying, "Sin Causes fundamental changes in the `molecules' of my heart. No longer is my heart driven by a deep-seated love for God. No longer is my heart motivated by a genuine care for others. No longer do I carry around a sense of responsibility for the surrounding created world. No longer is every decision I make shaped by a clear sense of what is morally right and morally wrong. No longer is everything I do shaped by joyful and thankful worship. The DNA of sin is selfishness, and it shrinks the size of my universe to the size of one. Sin creates the ultimate shrink dynamic. It causes all of us in some way to shrink the size of our lives to the size of our lives. Sin shrinks my motivation, zeal, desire, care, and concern to the contours of my life. In the shrunken kingdom of self, there is no functional room for God or others. It is humbling, but spiritually essential, to admit that sin has shrink-wrapped us all."
Tripp's answer to this problem is to live a "Jesus Focused Life". This life is filled with a hatred of sin, a desire to forgive, and a jealously fervent pursuit of the glory of God. In the last chapter Tripp includes a most helpful characterization of what this type of living looks like. This chapter is a fitting capstone to his work throughout the book.
In many ways this book is what The Purpose Driven Life should have been. It is radically God-centered and man-humbling. In A Quest for More, Tripp serves Christians well in his examination of the biblical x-rays and the explanation of the proper path of big kingdom living. I am not going to act like this book doesn't hurt, it does. I have found myself talking to myself quite a bit, but it is this type of biblically informed post-game analysis that helps me to audible when I am in the moment and live for the right purpose and King (I can't help it, this is Super Bowl week).
This book has jumped into the top 10 for me personally that I will return to regularly. I cannot commend it to you enough.
Life Changing Read! Jan 19, 2008
This book is well laid out in bite size chapters. I have found it to be challenging to my comfortable,complacent christianity. That said, it is not another "get busy for christ" book. If it was, I would have thrown it in the trash. Instead, I would describe it as a book that invites you to know and love God and to be part of his larger purposes out of your love for Him. This is an amazingly inspirational book, you'll be glad you took the time to read it.
Are you the king of wishful thinking? Nov 13, 2007
There are few writers whose star seems to rise and rise as they turn out book after book. Paul David Tripp is one of those writers. Tripp has been positively prolific in the last few years, with three books either authored or co-authored in 2006 and 2007 alone. Every Paul Tripp book has become an instant classic in Reformed biblical counseling circles, and each release is anticipated more than the last. Tripp is not only a prolific writer, but a prolific worker. The various hats he wears include faculty member for both the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, pastor of Tenth Presbyterian's Center City initiative in the same city, and sought-after conference speaker under the banner of Paul Tripp Ministries. And this list only takes account of current activities; in the past he co-founded a church and a Christian school, as well as conducting a thriving, decades-long biblical counseling ministry. Did I mention he is a gifted, prolific writer? A Quest for More is his latest effort, and while it lives up to its expectations, it is bound to raise some eyebrows along the way. It is rife with quotable words and phrases, not to mention life-altering, paradigm-shifting observations. The challenge is therefore to select representative parts of the book for comment, and to let the actual book do the rest of the work.
Tripp is spot on when he says the book defies categorization. Some reviewers may be tempted to allocate this book to the purpose-driven category, and it is, in the best sense of the word. But "it is not enough to determine to have purpose," says Tripp. Not simply a book of practical principles founded upon truth propositions, it bares Paul Tripp's heart for authentic kingdom living. He labors long and hard to mark out the borderline between the `big sky kingdom' of God and the personal, destructive, little kingdoms we build to rival the big kingdom, intentionally or not. Astute biblical counselor that he is, Tripp says no-man's land doesn't exist between the two kingdoms. You are either living for God or for yourself. Frighteningly, you can think you are living for God when you are in fact living for self. Throughout the book Tripp unpacks many practical (`functional,' in Tripp's terminology) ways in which we live for one kingdom or the other. After setting up the controlling idea of big kingdom (God) versus little kingdom (self), he weaves in analogies of civilization, costume, shrink wrap (believe it or not), jazz, and romance, just to name a few. It takes a gifted communicator to translate these concepts into productive illustrations, but Tripp accomplishes what he has set out to do in every instance. The chapter colorfully entitled `The Costume Kingdom' is the highpoint of the book, in which Tripp relentlessly exposes ways and means Christians use to conduct little kingdom business under the guise of big kingdom living. This scrutiny of this chapter leaves no place to hide, setting the tone for the rest of the book, exhorting the reader to expansive, tireless big kingdom living.
Nevertheless, some eyebrows will be raised in the course of reading this book. Two chapters in particular will appeal to quite diverse audiences. The chapter that will resonate most with one segment of readers will likely discomfort another segment of readers, and vice versa. The two chapters in question are those entitled `Loneliness' and `Anger.' The former revolves around a metaphor of romance depicting certain aspects of our relationship with God, with whom "we are meant to be madly in love." Such an approach is ever so slightly Eldredge-esque and will aggravate the crowd that rails against Jesus-is-my-boyfriend worship music, but in all fairness only this one chapter hinges on the concept of the sacred romance. But equally disturbing to the crowd that loves Jesus-is-my-boyfriend music will be a later chapter describing the narrative of Scripture as a perpetual battle between two types of anger: the holy, righteous anger of the big-kingdom-building God and the unholy, unrighteous anger of humanity intent on building its individual little kingdoms of one. Tripp notifies us that we are not to live devoid of anger altogether; rather, we are to properly practice anger in line with God's passions and purposes: "You see, if you are living for the big kingdom you will be angry [along] with God, rather than at God." Fortunately for both segments of Tripp's readership, the book rounds out with a picture of our future hope, that of eternity with Christ, and an epilogue portraying a young man named Zach who possesses an imitable propensity for kingdom living.
Since one of the side benefits of reading is scanning footnotes, endnotes and bibliographies for further reading, it bears mentioning that Tripp does not quote from conventional sources. Apart from Scripture, Indian theologian Vinoth Ramachandra features most heavily early on in the book, and Blue Like Jazz author Donald Miller's influence is felt later, although responsibly mediated by Tripp.
And so we come to the question of who should read this book. At the beginning of one chapter Tripp tells a story about a retreat during which he spoke about faith. He asked for a definition of faith, which someone defined as believing, which in turn someone defined as trusting, which in turn someone defined as having faith. Tripp uses this story to underscore his concern that "we Christians tend to talk in a coded, quasi-biblical language that can cloud understanding as much as benefit it." Tripp is not advocating a wholesale data dump of theological language but is appealing for a discerning sensitivity between helpful and unhelpful language when speaking about the things of God. Happily, Tripp applied this concern when composing the book, so we are left with a book that will greatly aid new believers as well as challenge lifelong believers. Readers both new to Christ and mature in Christ are invited to add their own names to the list in Chapter 7 of those biblical figures who unwittingly shrunk their lives to a fraction of God's transcendent glory. The application of this exercise is universal: we are all guilty of shrinking our lives to the size of our wants, desires, and perceived needs.
Reading the Paul Tripp corpus in chronological sequence is an exercise in continuity. Thought processes that were only seminal or hinted at in earlier books are regularly brought to full fruition in successive books. Therefore, while I would heartily recommend this book to begin your journey with Dr. Tripp, I would equally recommend any other Paul Tripp book. I am certain A Quest for More will leave you wanting more - of Paul Tripp's writing, of big kingdom living, and most importantly, of Christ its king.