Broken-Down House: Living in a World Gone Bad (Tripp)

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Sin has ravaged the house that God created. 

This world sits slumped, disheveled, in pain, groaning for the restoration that can only be accomplished by the hands of the Builder. The bad news is that we are living in the midst of the restoration process. The good news is that the divine Builder will not relent until his house is made new again. Someday you will live forever in a fully restored house, but right now you are called to live with peace, joy, and productivity in a place damaged by sin. Emmanuel lives here with us, and he is at work returning his house to its former beauty.


Table of Contents:

Part 1: Knowing

Poem 1: Broken-Down House

1. Life in This Broken-Down House

Poem 2: A Light in His Hand

2. Know Where You Are

Poem 3: Identity Amnesia

3. Know Who You Are

Poem 4: Secret Wish

4. Rest in God’s Sovereignty

Poem 5: Awake Again

5. Admit Your Limits

Poem 6: Revelation

6. Trust What is Sure

Poem 7: A Matter of the Heart

7. Resist Spirituality

Poem 8: Eavesdrop on Eternity

8. Listen to Eternity

Poem 9: Wait

9. Learn to Wait

Poem 10: Good and Angry

10. Be Good and Angry

Part 2: Doing

Poem 11: The Good Life

11. Reject Passivity

Poem 12: Me and Mine

12. Pursue Community

Poem 13: You Are Not Like Me

13. Determine to Love

Poem 14: Celebration

14. Celebrate Grace

Poem 15: My Calling

15. Minister Everywhere

Poem 16: Legacy

16. Examine Your Legacy   



Paul Tripp is president of Paul Tripp Ministries, the Professor of Pastoral Life and Care at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, the Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas, and has taught at respected institutions worldwide. As an author, Paul has written ten books on Christian living that are read and distributed internationally. He has been married for many years to Luella, and they have four grown children.



“Paul’s writing meets us where we are and directs us to where God has called us to be. If you need to understand how Scripture sparks change in real life, read Tripp!” ~ Dave Harvey, author of When Sinners Say “I Do,” Am I Called, and Rescuing Ambition

“Paul Tripp reminds us that although we often feel helpless, we are actually filled with the same life-giving, world-changing power that resurrected Jesus from the grave. As we embrace this power we can enter the most dilapidated rooms of creation and transform them through the love of Christ.” ~ Ken Sande, President, Peacemaker Ministries