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Relationships: A Mess Worth Making

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Published by: New Growth Press (2010)

Author: Timothy S. Lane, Paul David Tripp

ISBN: 9780977080762

Price: £12.00

Relationships are messy. In this deeply insightful book by Paul David Tripp and Timothy S. Lane, readers are presented with the power of grace to redeem and restore relationships.

Through straightforward language, the authors walk through the relational disappointments we all suffer by offering deep, Christ-centered thought and broad counseling experience.

Relationships dwells on fresh hope and practical answers, exposing deeper issues that keep relationships less than they are designed to be. Christ showed us nothing matters more to God than how we love one another, yet so many of us settle for too little in our relationships.

This invaluable resource convincingly testifies God's power to restore relationships by working within the following:

  • Resolving conflicts
  • Turning tough conversations to positive conversations
  • Expressing and sharing real love that comes from forgiveness;
  • Maturing casual relationships into deep friendships
  • Applauding strengths instead of dwelling on weaknesses
  • Making way for honesty without being mean or unkind

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.

This book is not a simplistic how-to manual on relationships, offering lists to check off from theoretical procedures based on someone else's idea of a model relationship. Rather, it is about the life-changing work of Christ and the power and wisdom God graciously uses to redeem relationships.

We are called to be people of great character so when we do come in contact with the world, our character shapes and influences those around us. Even though relationships are messy, God uses them to rescue us from ourselves.

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