Every Tuesday morning, I review a book that I read recently. If you missed any, you can read past reviews here. This week’s book is Sex & Money: Pleasures that Leave You Empty and Grace that Satisfies (kindle version) by Paul David Tripp.
This is an incredibly important book. I can’t emphasize that enough.
At the beginning, Tripp gives us a picture of where he is going and why this book is needed:
Neither sex nor money can deliver the promises that we think they’re making, and each area is more dangerous than we tend to think. Both function today in the surrounding culture like spiritual solvents eating away at the very fabric of human community. Both have the perverse power to master your heart and in so doing determine the direction of your life. Both give you the buzz that you’re in control while at the very same time becoming the master that progressively chains you to their control. Both off you an inner sense of well-being while having no capacity whatsoever to satisfy and craving more. Both hold out the possibility of finally being satisfied but instead cause you to envy whoever it is that has more and better than you do. Both sell you the lie that physical pleasure is that pathway to spiritual peace. Both are work of the Creator’s hands but tend to promise you what only the Creator can deliver. Both are beautiful in themselves but have become distorted and dangerous by means of the fall.
If you struggle with sexual sin, being open in your marriage about past hurts, have dealt with sexual abuse or addiction, you should read this book. If you struggle to see the beauty of your body or pleasure or how your sexuality can lead you to worship Jesus, you should read this book. If you struggle with money, debt, buying things you can’t afford, worrying about others approving of you because of your stuff, you should read this book.
Probably, if you are reading this review, you should read this book.
Here’s a video of Paul Tripp explaining why the book is needed: