This past week, I read chapter one, titled "The Best News: A Reason to Get up in the Morning". Page one includes this paragraph:
"This book is about the best news a human being could ever receive. It is about something so significant that it makes everything we do worthwhile, even though we are just flawed people in a broken world. This news has nothing to do with fantasies, dreams or unrealistic expectations. It is rooted in historical facts and present realities. It penetrates the harshest human situation with life-altering hope. It is the only thing really worth living for! It is the good news!"
The author went on to describe the creation of the world and man's relationship with God at that time ("People loved, worshiped, and obeyed as they were created to do."), the fall of man ("Sin altered every thought, desire, word, and deed. It created a world of double-mindedness and mixed motives, self-worship and self-absorption."), and God's redemptive plan for this fallen world through Jesus Christ ("Hope is only to be found in Jesus Christ, the King of Kings. In him, lasting, personal heart change is possible.")
Chapter one gives a thorough explanation of our core problem (sin) and God's plan to rescue us from it (redemption through Christ). It is filled with real-life illustrations and object lessons as only Paul Tripp can narrate. It has laid a foundation that makes me eager to want to continue on.
Next week chapters 2 & 3 "In the Hands of the Redeemer" and "Do We Really Need Help?"