Lost in the Middle: MidLife and the Grace of God
By Paul David Tripp
- Paperback: 348 pages
- Publisher: Shepherd Press
- Language: English
- Date of reading: October 19, 2011
Point: Tripp strives to help the reader understand the struggles that they are going through in the light of God’s grace and love for them. This book is so that you as the reader may see God and yourself more clearly, and that you might find the hope that you need to continue on in life.
Path: Tripp takes the reader through a variety of Bible passages, real life stories, and biblical concepts in order that the real problems behind midlife can be shown.
Agreement: I am not at this stage of life, and I found this book immensely helpful! I found myself forgetting that he was talking about a stage in life that I will probably not arriving to for another twenty years. Tripp talks a lot about our identity being worshippers of God and not tied to all of the other things to which our sinful natures draw us.
Tripp shows how midlife just reveals what idols we may have had in our lives for a long time, such as: health, beauty, material possessions, family, finances, among many others. God, in His grace, loves us to much to allow us to be content with these idols. When these things are taken away, we realize that we must trust not in any of the things that were previously mentioned, but in God’s grace and we find hope in the thought of eternity.
Personal App: I was very convicted when the book discussed dying dreams. I began to realize that sometimes we need to die to our own dreams in order to accept God’s plan that is being realized in our life. Often the disappointments in life are caused by us not accepting God as Sovereign. When we let go of our own dreams, we are able to experience something much better, contentment in our Lord.
Stars: 4 out of 5
It would be worth another read and I would recommend it.