Relationships: A Mess Worth Making

Relationships: A Mess Worth Making
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Timothy S. Lane and Paul D. Tripp


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Hope for Messy, Conflict-Ridden Relationships

Publisher's Description

Your best friend is suddenly cool and distant. Your spouse can't stop complaining about your bad habits. Your son refuses to talk to you. What are you supposed to do?

Plans A, B, and C might be to shut down, lash out, or get out. But consider Plan D: Recognize that God has the last word on those messy, conflict-ridden relationships. He can use them to make you into someone who can give and receive love—with God and others.

Impossible? Idealistic? Not really. In Relationships: A Mess Worth Making, Tim Lane and Paul David Tripp show you how God does it, and how it can happen for you. They help you tackle the stubborn problems that plague many close relationships. They show you the deeper issues that drive our reactions, choices, and behaviors. And they show you how God steps in to help you build relationships that are all he intended them to be.

About the Author

Timothy S. Lane, MDiv, DMin, a former pastor in Clemson, SC, is executive director of CCEF, faculty member, and a counselor with almost twenty years of experience. He is the coauthor of CCEF's Transformation Series curriculum and Relationships: A Mess Worth Making, in addition to numerous articles and booklets. Tim and his wife, Barbara, are the parents of two daughters and two sons.

Paul David Tripp, MDiv, DMin, is president of Paul Tripp Ministries whose mission is to educate and equip today's Christian by combining the in-depth study of God's Word with practical life application. Tripp, also a pastor with over fifteen years of pastoral ministry, is an adjunct Professor at Westminster Theological Seminary and adjunct faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation in Glenside, Pennsylvania. He is the author of such best-selling titles as, Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands, Age of Oppurtunity, Lost in the Middle, How peole Change, and Relationships: A Mess Worth Making. Tripp has been married for 35 years and has four grown children.

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Book Details

180 Pages
Publisher: New Growth Press
Publication Date: March 2010
ISBN 10: 0977080765
ISBN 13: 9780977080762

“Tripp and Tim Lane bring deep Christ-centered thought and broad counseling experience to their writing, offering fresh hope and practical answers to people in less-than-perfect relationships. Paul and Tim are men who love their Savior, his Word and the Spirit, so it is with the utmost confidence that I always recommend their writing.”
- Else Fitzpatrick, author, Women Helping Women and Idols of the Heart