I saw @PaulTripp at a conference this year, so when I saw his book I figured I would share it. I He has another book out called a Dangerous Calling, that talks about the dangerous side of pastoring and working in ministry.
Here is an overview of that book as well…
After traveling the world for many years and speaking at hundreds of churches of all kinds, Paul David Tripp is concerned about the state of pastoral culture. He is not only concerned about the spiritual life of the pastor, but with the very people who train him, call him, relate to him, and restore him if necessary. Dangerous Calling reveals the truth that the culture surrounding our pastors is spiritually unhealthy—an environment that actively undermines the wellbeing and efficacy of our church leaders and thus the entire church body. Here is a book that both diagnoses and offers cures for issues that impact every member and church leader, and gives solid strategies for fighting the war that rages not only in the momentous moments of ministry, but also in the mundane day-by-day life of every pastor.
Paul David Tripp’s ministry work is wide spread, but his words and encouragement to those who live in the body of Christ is just as significant. Right now thought this book Lost in the Middle deals with faith in midlife, in the midst of our daily changes and the support and help we can find in the Bible to help us get through!
The Bible never discusses midlife, just like it never discusses teenagers. Yet the Bible is able to address any of life s experiences because it was written by the One who made them all. Life on this side of glory is hard. This world is a broken place. You will face things in midlife that beat at the borders of your faith, but you do not have to be lost in the middle of your story.
Although this book is directed at those who are facing the issues of midlife, it has a much broader net than that. Lost in the Middle can help all who are confronted with life in this broken world and have lost their way. The God who seems so distant to you in this moment is actually near and active. Lost in the Middle is written to give you eyes to see him, to see yourself more clearly, and to find the real hope that you need to carry on.
You do not have to be paralyzed by regret, defeated by aging, and discouraged by the passing of your dreams. This time of life, which can seem like the end of many things, can actually welcome you to a brand new way of living. As is so often the case in your walk with the Lord, this moment of pain is also a moment of grace. Because of this, we all need to occasionally step back, slow down, and consider where we are going. Lost in the Middle will help you to do just that.
You can get the book here http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005NJC7RW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B005NJC7RW&linkCode=as2&tag=aninsyou-20