Book Review–Broken-Down House

by Rick Pidcock

broken down house tripp__13905The Bible uses many pictures to remind us of our human condition and of the hope of grace. In his book entitled Broken-down House, Paul David Tripp uses the picture of…you guessed it…a broken down house to show us how we can live productively in a world gone bad.

He divides the book into two main sections–Knowing, and Doing.

Here are the chapter themes for each section:


  • Life in this Broken-Down House
  • Know Where You Are
  • Know Who You Are
  • Rest in God’s Sovereignty
  • Admit Your Limits
  • Trust What Is Sure
  • Resist Spirituality
  • Listen to Eternity
  • Learn to Wait
  • Be Good and Angry


  • Reject Passivity
  • Pursue Community
  • Determine to Love
  • Celebrate Grace
  • Minister Everywhere
  • Examine Your Legacy

Here are some quotes that others are saying about this book:

“Paul Tripp reminds us that although we often feel helpless, we are actually filled with the same life-giving, world changing power that resurrected Jesus from the grave. As we embrace this power we can enter the most dilapidated rooms of creation and transform them through the love of Christ.”–KEN SANDE, President, Peacemaker Ministries

“There is alot of biblical wisdom here, exactly what we have come to expect from its author. Paul Tripp makes plain how we can truly experience the restoration of a broken-down life ravaged by sin but made new in Christ.”–DANIEL L. ARKIN, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Paul’s writing meets us where we are and directs us to where God has called us to be. If you need to understand how Scripture sparks change in real life, read Tripp!”–DAVE HARVEY, Sovereign Grace Ministries

“Paul Tripp shows that even though Christians remain broken people living in a broken world, God has equipped us to become his agents of renewal. The fact that he has chosen us to use our broken but redeemed heads, hearts, and hands to do his work ought to both encourage us and rouse us to hopeful action. Read this helpful book. It will do your soul good.”–TULLIAN TCHIVIDJIAN, Senior Pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church

I highly recommend this book. It is very readable. And it stirs hope in your heart for true transformation, no matter how broken-down your world may be.


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