Paul Tripp Has Cool Shoes & Writes Good Books

nike-blazer-premium-woodgrain-2[1]Josh Harris:

Last week I drove up to Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia to speak at a weekend conference they were hosting. The highlight for me was having dinner with Paul Tripp and his wife Luella. What a great couple! I learned so much from them and enjoyed hearing all the ways God has guided them over the years.

I have to admit I was distracted when I was with Paul by the sweet pair of retro kicks he was wearing (pictured above). I'm not used to coveting the shoes of a 59-year-old guy. But I confessed my jealousy to Paul and he forgave me. He also told me that his son does marketing work for Nike and so he gets free shoes. (That didn't really help me.)

During dinner I asked Paul to list the books he has written. As he listed off the 11 books (the latest of which is about to be released), I was amazed at how many of these books have played a key part in equipping and encouraging members of our church. God has used this man in a big way to build up the church. If you're not familiar with Paul's books I'd encourage you to acquaint yourself. Here's the list:

1. Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens, Second Edition (Resources for Changing Lives)

2. War of Words: Getting to the Heart of Your Communication Struggles (Resources for Changing Lives)

3. Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change (Resources for Changing Lives)

4. Lost in the Middle: Midlife and the Grace of God

5. How People Change (co-author)

6. Relationships: A Mess Worth Making (co-author)

7. A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger Than You

8. Whiter Than Snow: Meditations on Sin and Mercy

9. A Shelter in the Time of Storm: Meditations on God and Trouble

10. Broken-Down House: Living Productively in a World Gone Bad

11. What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage

Visit the website for Paul Tripp Ministries to learn more about Paul's work and writing.

My good friend and colleague, Lisle Drury, pointed me to this post.  We both got to sit down and have lunch with Paul Tripp awhile back when he spoke at our Pastor's Conference with my friend, Justin Taylor.  And we wholeheartedly agree with Josh's assessment!