One of the guaranteed facts of our life is that there will be other people in it. This is unavoidable, whether we like it or not. People are messy. Doing life with them causes pain, struggle, and confusion. But it is also an opportunity to learn to be more like Christ.
The authors of this book aim to help us approach our relationships with a scripturally based, Christ-like perspective; and they do a pretty good job. How should we approach and handle relationships in light of the gospel? The gospel applies to all manner of relationships; our family, friends, loved ones, co-workers etc. What about people that drive us nuts? Yes, it applies to them as well.
Relationships are wrought with difficulty because the people with whom I relate are sinners. To make matters worse….way worse in my case…SO AM I. This is the crux of the problem but a variety of other things stem from this. Lane and Tripp examine how we view identity, truth, priorities, and a variety of other subjects and how are skewed realities and lack of truth result in relational turmoil. But they also consistently reiterate the solution; Christ’s sacrifice and the mercy, compassion, and grace that we, and our relationships are afforded because of it.
They strive to stir our hope and imagination toward the truth and the vision of what God has for our lives. They show how what Christ has done for us and how we view and value that gift can and should be reflected in how we treat others, and why the mess is worth it.
If you only ever read one relationship book, I am pretty sure that this should not be your top choice. That being said, although a little bit long, this well written book is full of truth and very easy to read.