There is a war being waged for the longings and yearnings of our hearts. When God created the world He filled it with a great variety of wonderful and beautiful things for our enjoyment. The problem, as Paul Tripp explores in this book, is that ‘God intended us to be in awe of his creation, but that awe cannot and should not be an end in itself.’
The human heart is wired to worship. We are designed to be in awe of God. And yet we have misplaced our awe by reveling in created things rather than the Creator. Tripp invites us instead to come and gaze at the beauty of Jesus and stop missing out. He explains: ‘No other awe satisfies the soul. No other awe can give my heart the peace, rest, and security that it seeks.’
The book covers a great number of ways in which we have misplaced the awe which should be meant for God, but it also points us towards the hope of how Jesus came to recapture our hearts. Clearly and biblically, alongside a variety of relatable illustrations which ground the concepts in the nitty gritty of everyday life, Tripp shows how the focus of our awe literally shapes everything we think, say and do.
Much like a corkscrew being driven round and round but deeper and deeper, Tripp keeps his focus on the basic premise as he approaches it from multiple angles. The result is an often-times challenging read, where deep heart issues are exposed and ministered to. The only weakness is that occasionally the book can sound a little predictable or repetitive once you grasp the basic concept, but the worth of what is taught makes this no bad thing.
What makes this book so valuable, more than anything else, is that it comes from a place of personal honesty and vulnerability about the war that wages for our hearts. From the very first page Tripp makes an admission when he writes: ‘I wrote this book for me because, at this point in my life, I am more aware than ever that I have a fickle and wandering heart’.
Those who read this book will find their hearts challenged and enticed to seek after that spiritual food which truly can satisfy like no other. ‘Awe is a longing for a place where your hunger will be satisfied. Jesus has paid for and prepared that place for you. There is no greater grace than to be invited into the presence of such glory. There is no greater grace than to have your fickle heart forgiven and finally satisfied forever and ever.’ This book will make you uncomfortable but no matter who you are, it will give you a hunger to draw nearer to Jesus, and there is no greater thing a book can do.
Richard Williams, Assistant Pastor, Three Rivers Church Bedford