Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say, and Do

Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say, and Do

by Paul David Tripp


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Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say, and Do by Paul David Tripp

Helping us cultivate an ever-growing passion for God, this book highlights the importance of the concept of awe for everything we think, say, and do and leads readers to rediscover their awe for God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433547072
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 10/31/2015
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 182,558
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Paul David Tripp (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a pastor, author, and international conference speaker. He is also the president of Paul Tripp Ministries. He has written a number of popular books on Christian living, including What Did You Expect?, Dangerous Calling, Parenting, and New Morning Mercies. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Luella and they have four grown children. For more information and resources, visit

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“I still remember the first time I was in awe of God. It came after years of attending churches and calling myself ‘Christian.’ It was a major turning point in my life. It is an awe of God that inspires my major life decisions as well as my daily actions. Thank you, Paul, for getting beyond symptoms and getting at the heart of the matter. This book is brilliant, and I wish every believer would read it carefully. We live in a crazy time. We need books like this to help lay healthy foundations for our lives, so that we don’t spend our days overreacting to unpredictable events.”
Francis Chan, New York Times best-selling author, Crazy Love and Forgotten God

“Paul Tripp has a way of helping us to get beyond the surface. It is clear that Paul has thought through this subject deeply. Read this book and find yourself challenged and encouraged to stand in awe of the reality of God and to take him seriously because of it!”
Eric M. Mason, Lead Pastor, Epiphany Fellowship, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; President, Thriving; author, Manhood Restored

“Paul Tripp’s books always challenge me and draw me closer to Christ. This book is no exception. As followers of Jesus, we can sometimes get too comfortable with God. It’s easy to forget that part of knowing and loving God is revering him. If you will read this book with a hungry and humble heart, God will use it to deepen your passion for Christ as you rediscover just who God is and why we’re invited to revel in his awesome glory.”
Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor,; author, WEIRD: Because Normal Isn't Working

“Simply put, I read everything that Paul Tripp writes. I can’t afford to miss one word.”
Ann Voskamp, New York Times best-selling author, One Thousand Gifts

“Deep in the soul of every human being is a longing for transcendence, created by God himself. Yet all too often, our pursuits and passions fixate on things that will never satisfy. What we need most desperately is to fall to our knees in renewed awe of our Creator. In Awe, my good friend Paul Tripp motivates us to find that posture and delight in staying there.”
James MacDonald, Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Rolling Meadows, Illinois; author, Vertical Church

“When you find yourself in awe of something, you never forget it. It changes you. I just finished reading this book, and I’m writing this at 2:45 a.m. in tears. Convicted—not of my sin but of my righteousness in Christ! In awe of who Jesus is and who I am in him! Tripp has tapped into something that I hope is like a defibrillator to the flatlined believer. We were made to live in awe; may we never forget this!”
Bart Millard, Lead Singer, MercyMe

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michelemorin More than 1 year ago
Hard-wired for Awe My sixteen-year old and I are laboring over chemistry together these days, and his textbook has decreed that we are not to move on to Chapter 5 until he is confident in balancing equations. We’re not going anywhere right away, so . . . We have spent this week with a printed worksheet of fifty chemical equations, working through them one-by-one, and we’re taking it slowly, because this is a boy who is hard-wired for a different kind of work. He needs the chemistry as a means to an end so we’re making every effort, but God has hard-wired this brown-eyed son for working with his hands. Paul David Tripp, author of Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say and Do, is helping me to see that the human heart has been hard-wired for awe. We give ourselves to the worship of one thing after another — good things and some, maybe, not so good — but supplanting the One who made them all. The truth is that the only satisfactory object for our awe is God Himself. Looking for awe in other places results in a continual search. The decisions we make about our lives are largely awe-driven. For example, if I live in awe of material things, I will work to acquire them, spend my time maintaining them, neglect other valuable things in the process, and still come away feeling empty. This misplaced awe, however, has a purpose. In the disappointment and frustration, my eyes will see that this lesser object of my awe is merely a road sign pointing me to the place where the awe of my heart should rest. It follows, then, that much of what we struggle to overcome in the Christian life are not merely problems of addiction or discontent or dishonesty. We have a problem with misplaced awe. Adam and Eve got us off on the wrong foot in the Genesis 3 account of “awe gone wrong.” Although they had everything, they wanted more. Eve was transfixed with an awe of independent wisdom. Tracing the biblical narrative throughout history from their son Cain and on through Samson, Saul, Nebuchadnezzar, and even Jesus’ power-hungry disciples, it is clear that “awe of God is very quickly replaced by awe of self.” God is in a battle for the awe of our hearts, and the story of the Gospel frames the lengths to which He was willing to go to recapture the hearts of humanity. But even safe in the Kingdom, the heart is not immune to waywardness. “If my heart is not given over to the worship of God, it will give itself to the worship of something else.” One phrase from Psalm 145:4 changed the trajectory of Paul David Tripp’s ministry: “One generation shall commend your works to another.” He came to understand that the focus of ministry is to hold the glory of God’s works before His people in order to inspire awe of God in their hearts, and it’s a never-ending process, because even though we are hard-wired for awe, we are “awe amnesiacs.” Whatever the sin that plagues and beguiles, it can be diagnosed as an awe problem: debt, adultery, and gluttony are evidence that the sinner is “asking of things what you will only ever get from the God of glory, who alone can satisfy the searching heart.” Early in life, we reveal our sinful tendency to replace awe of the Creator with awe of something in the creation, (Romans 1:25). Vertical awe is, thereby, replaced with horizontal addiction. Paul David Tripp examines his thesis from various angles, like turning a cut stone in the light: •Viewed in light of humanity’s awe amnesia, the physical worl