I have yet to be disappointed by any book authored by Paul David Tripp. Some of his best works include:
• Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands
• Whiter Than Snow: Meditations on Sin and Mercy
• A Shelter in the Time of Storm: Meditations on God and Trouble
• A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger Than You
So what did I expect from him? More of the same.
His latest book on marriage—What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage—looks very good. The teaching DVD and CD versions of his message have been available for a while now. The DVD series was very well done (and would work well as a video curriculum in a local church marriage retreat setting).
Don’t let Tripp’s walrus mustache, or the book’s clipart cover, fool you. This book is the fresh and pointed work of a soul surgeon. The book is structured around 6 core marriage commitments–
1: We will give ourselves to a regular lifestyle of confession and forgiveness.
2: We will make growth and change our daily agenda.
3: We will work together to build a sturdy bond of trust.
4: We will commit to building a relationship of love.
5: We will deal with our differences with appreciation and grace.
6: We will work to protect our marriage.
Here’s a short video introduction to What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage—