Book Review: Awe by Paul Tripp
I received a free e-copy of Awe by Paul Tripp for the purposes of review. I’ve read several Paul Tripp books and have been encouraged by them all. Tripp has a way of challenging me to think more deeply about faith, which I appreciate and am blessed by. His newest book, Awe, is no different. Tripp defines awe as gazing upon the beauty and grandeur of God in such a way that it recaptures, refocuses, and redirects the heart.
Why this Book is Needed
Tripp explains in the preface that we are wired for awe. Specifically, we are wired for awe of God. Our sin nature leads us to slowly drift from awe of God to awe of something else that can never satisfy our soul or give us the peace, rest, and security we seek. I need this reminder often, because I drift is subtle ways and need to see it for what it is so that I can protect myself against it.
Tripp spends the rest of book detailing the different areas where he, and we, tend to drift. This is needed because all of life is supposed to be worship. When we don’t view life this way, awe drifts.
Who needs this book
All believers would benefit from this book, especially those who are struggling with their faith. If our awe is in the wrong place, our faith will suffer. If God isn’t the thing we are striving towards, we won’t have a proper view of life and its struggles.
“[We don’t] have a contentment problem. [We have] an awe problem.”
“Your problem is not environmental. It’s not relational. No, your problem is deeply spiritual. In your God-forgetfulness, you’ve put yourself in the center.”
“Only a functional, heart-directed, ministry-shaping awe of God has the power to protect me from myself in ministry.”
“To the degree that we deny the awe wandering of our hearts, to that degree we devalue the grace that is our only hope in life and death.
When we humbly accept the very bad news of our awe replacement, you will then seek to celebrate the ver good news of God’s grace.”
“When you are blind to the stunning, expansive glory of God, when you fail to remember his infinite greatness, you will live with an atrophied heart.”
“Once awe of God is lost, the loss of a heart to obey isn’t far off.”
“If you believe that God is the Creator and controller of all that is, then it is impossible to complain about your circumstances without complaining about God. Complaint is awelessness verbalized.”
“At times, your awe of the material world replaces your awe of the God made the material. But as you admit this, don’t run from God. Run to him, and find mercy and grace that form-fits to your particular need and your unique struggle.”
“You see, spiritual growth is about the recapture of your thoughts, desires, and motivations, which depends on the recapture of your awe.”
“If awe of God does not grip your heart, the anxieties of life will likely influence how you live.”
“When awe of God has captured your heart, ministry will fill your schedule.”
“We live in the middle of an awesome, never-ending glory display, and it is our job - and should be our joy - to point our children to this glory again and again day after day.”
“Workaholism is not a need problem. It’s not a schedule problem, a gift problem, or an opportunity problem. It happens when awe of God is replaced by the awe of something else.”
All quotes taken from Awe by Paul David Tripp ©2015 and published by Crossway.