While skillfully identifying the deeper issues that keep relationships less than they are designed to be, Tim Lane and Paul Tripp show readers how to experience the other side of relationships as well. They convincingly testify of the power of God's presence to bring believers to the place where:
Conflicts actually get resolved
Tough conversations turn out positive
Forgiveness is granted and real love is expressed and shared
Casual relationships mature into deep friendships
Weaknesses are overlooked and strengths are applauded
People are honest without being mean
A book about relationships, written within the context of their own friendship, Tim and Paul's offering is straightforward about the relational disappointments that we all suffer. But they are also optimistic about the power of grace to redeem and restore our relationships.
Rather than presenting new or sophisticated techniques to make relationships flourish, the authors instead focus on the basic character qualities that can only be formed in the heart by the gospel. "We are called to be people of great character so that when we do come in contact with the world our character shapes and influences those around us. Even though relationships are messy, they are also what God uses to rescue us from ourselves," say Tim and Paul.
About the authors:
Timothy S. Lane, M.Div., D.Min.has been a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America since 1991 (PCA) and is the coauthor of the books How People Change and Relationships: A Mess Worth Making, coauthor of the curricula Change and Your Relationships and How People Change, and author of many minibooks. Tim has 30 years of experience in pastoral ministry, counseling, teaching and executive leadership. Tim is also adjunct professor of practical theology at several seminaries including Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He speaks nationally and internationally, consults with churches and writes about the importance of pastoral care.
Dr. Paul David Tripp is President of Paul Tripp Ministries; author of several books; on the pastoral staff of Tenth Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, PA); Professor of Pastoral Life and Care at Redeemer Seminary (Dallas, TX); and Director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care (Fort Worth, TX). Dr. Tripp has taught at respected institutions worldwide; founded a Christian school; served as a counselor; international conference speaker. He is married with four children; B.A., Columbia International University; M.Div., Philadelphia Theological Seminary; D.Min., Westminster Theological Seminary.
His books include What Did You Expect; Forever; Sex & Money; Age of Opportunity; War of Words; Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands; as well as other works.