Tuesday Morning Book Review || Sex & Money

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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:

Links I Like

Links I Like is a collection of blogs, articles and books I’ve come across recently and thought they were worth sharing. Click here for past Links I Like.

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  1. Dane Ortlund on 10 ways to make your preaching clearer.
  2. Getting through a preaching slump. I can relate and this is solid advice.
  3. Luke Simmons on Money is a thermometer and thermostat for your heart, faith, trust in God, and shows your spiritual maturity.
  4. Quit calling your wife hot.
  5. Brad Hambrick on When policies in a church on sexual abuse fail. This is really helpful for churches.
  6. Colin Hansen on The new purpose of marriage. This is our new culture, but one that can be redeemed by what Scripture says about marriage, sexuality and identity.
  7. Thom Rainer on Helpful hints from visiting churches. This list is pure gold for pastors.

Base Jumping off Mt. Everest

Links I Like

Links I Like is a collection of blogs, articles and books I’ve come across recently and thought they were worth sharing. Click here for past Links I Like.

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  1. Christine Hoover on 25 things a veteran church planter’s wife has learned about church planting. I couldn’t agree more with this list. So much truth here.
  2. What churches can do to prevent sexual abuse in their church.
  3. Darryl Dash on How many hours should a pastor work in a week.
  4. Victoria’s Secret is coming for your middle schooler. A must read for parents of daughters.
  5. Russell Moore on Should Christians boycott Starbucks.
  6. Knowing how much access to give as a pastor and leader. Great insights.
  7. An open letter to the church from a lesbian.

Links of the Week

  1. Ed Welch on Fighting sin hurts.
  2. When leadership fails.
  3. Ed Stetzer on Technology and Faith: 12 Precautions and 12 Positives.
  4. Suffering from ministry arrogance.
  5. Thom Rainer on Why leaders lose their drive
  6. 8 ways to protect your kids from sexual abuse
  7. BJ Stockman on 9 ways to fight the temptation to pornography
  8. Michael Hyatt on The most important hour of the day. Definitely learning importance of this. 
  9. Russell Moore on Should I divorce if I’m miserable?

Sexual Abuse and the Hope of the Gospel

Newspring Church has an amazing story of pain and abuse that when confronted with the gospel pours forth love and forgivness.

Her name is Megan Davis and click here to watch her story.

For those who know someone or are victims of sexual abuse, Rid Me of My Disgrace, by Justin Holcomb is a must read. Please read and soak in the truths of God’s Overwhelming Love that cleans and makes new.

Props: The Resurgence & Los.