Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Book Club Wednesday 01/19/11

The Book Club selection for now through February is Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands by Paul Tripp. Click here for more information about Book Club Wednesdays. Click here for a schedule pertaining to Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands.

Last week I read chapters 8 and 9.

Chapter 8 is titled "Building Relationships by Identifying With Suffering". In this chapter, (pages 143-144) the author identified 5 things the Bible has to say about the reality of personal suffering. They are as follows:

1. The Bible clearly declares that God is sovereign over all things--even suffering. (Exodus 4:11, 1 Samuel 2:2-7, Daniel 4:34-35, Proverbs 16:9)

2. The Bible clearly says that God is good. (Psalm 25:7-8, Psalm 34: 8-10, Psalm 33:5)

3. The Bible clearly says that God has a purpose for our suffering. (Romans 8:17, 2 Corinthians 1:3-6, Philippians 2:5-9).

4. The Bible explains the ultimate reasons why we suffer (because we live in a fallen world, because of our flesh, because others sin against us, because of the Devil, because of God's good purpose).

5. The Bible is clear that God's sovereignty over suffering never:
  • Means the suffering isn't real (2 Corinthians 1:3-9, 2 Corinthians 4: 1-16).
  • Excuses the evildoer (Habakkuk, Acts 2:22-24, Acts 3:14-23).

Chapter 9 was titled "Getting To Know People". I found this chapter extremely helpful. The author offered a lot of advice on how to listen to other people. I would say the theme of this chapter could be summed up in this phrase, "Don't assume--ask." After presenting this idea, the author spent several pages giving concrete examples on how to go about this task. This was my favorite chapter so far.

So, have you been reading this book? Please weigh in and tell us what you think via the comments section.


  1. One of my favorite passages from chapter 8 (page 152):
    "You have been called to suffer so that you would experience God's comfort. You have experienced God's comfort so that you can comfort others. As they received God's comfort through you, they can bring comfort to others. Our suffering is not a gap in God's love, as if the Devil crept in while the Lord's head was turned."

    Chapter 9 did a great job of helping you to learn to ask good questions.
    1. Always ask people to define their terms (what?).
    2. Always ask people to clarify what they mean with concrete, real life examples of the terms they use (how?).
    3. Always ask people to explain why they responded as they did in the examples they have given you (why?).

    The price of the book of worth that section alone!

  2. Well said, Jenny. Thanks for commenting on both of those sections. Some posts I have to hold myself back from quoting the entire chapter (especially 9)---great to hear someone else weigh in.


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