Relationships A Mess Worth Making is written by Drs. Timothy Lane and Paul David Tripp. Dr. Lane serves as the Executive Director of the Christian counseling and Educational Foundation, a faculty member and is an experienced counselor. Dr. Paul David Tripp is president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a Professor, speaker and author. Relationships a mess worth making shows the importance of messy conflict in relationships and how God uses them in our lives to shape and form them in His image.

The book has fifteen well-written easy to read chapters that are faithful to the Scriptures and proclaim and apply the work of Christ to everyday life. This is a unique book on relationships because it doesn’t just quote the Bible as a reference- it seeks to take the reader through the Bible in order to understand what Scriptures say about relationships, and then applies the teaching of Scripture to real-life relationships and situations.

As I read this book, I was personally challenged and convicted about many areas in my own life where I need to grow. While reading this book, I felt like I was sitting in on a counseling session with Drs. Lane and Tripp operating as surgeon and me as the patient. As the book moves from chapter to chapter the reader gains insight into not only why their relationships suffer and struggle but how to fix it. This is not a self-help book- this is a book that brings the Word of God and the whole Gospel to bear on the reader.

Many Christians books on relationships fail because they go overboard in explaining theory or emphasize to much practical application. Relationships A Mess Worth Making strikes a balance between Scripture, application, personal stories and examples that needs to be modeled in the Church Today.

Reading this book has been challenging but also deeply rewarding. I encourage you to read this book but be ready to be challenged and confronted about your own attitude and actions in your own relationships. I believe that reading this book will help you deal with problems and issues you have in your relationships by getting to the deeper issues in those relationships that drive your reactions, choices and behaviors. In reading this book you will learn how God is there to help you build relationships that bring glory to God.

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