Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands/Book Review
Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands – People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change by Paul David Tripp is the most beneficial book I have read for ministry. Before you hit the “back” button, remember that all God’s children are called to ministry, and that equipping the church to do what only pastors have done for so many years could unleash an army of healers and restorers.
Tripp lays the foundation of his book, explaining why we all need help, teaching how to build relationships by entering the world of others through love and identifying with suffering. He helps identify where change is needed and how to speak to those issues. The last portion of the book is dedicated to teaching others how to “do” with what they have been given. Some of the advice offered is literally step-by-step practical.
Most books that are for helping others focus solely on them and their problems, but I found myself bouncing between wow, I could really start doing this better in my friendships to I need to use this the next time I meet with a hurt wife to I need God to change my heart in this area to this is a great tool for meeting with couples in trauma. What I am trying to say is that Tripp does not let us forget that we (the reader) are also in need of change. And, he is also transparent in sharing the areas he needs help.
If you want to help others when they share their problems but feel inadequate, or if you want to be better equipped for ministry and counseling, this book is for you.
“As inadequate as we are, God is eager to use us to help others change. The more you apply the biblical principles discussed in this book, the more readily you will fit into his mighty hand.” Ken Sande