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How People Change (Lane & Tripp)

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What does it take for lasting change to take root in your life?

If you’ve ever tried, failed, and wondered why, you need How People Change. This book explains the biblical pattern for change in a clear, practical way you can apply to the challenges of daily life. But change involves more than a biblical formula: You will see how God is at work to make you the person you were created to be. That powerful, loving, redemptive relationship is at the heart of all positive change you experience. 

Table of Contents: 

  1. The Gospel Gap
  2. Counterfeit Hopes
  3. Here’s Where God Is Taking You
  4. Married to Christ
  5. Change Is a Community Project
  6. The Big Picture
  7. Heat 1: God in the Real World
  8. Heat 2: You in the Real World
  9. Thorns 1: What Entangles You?
  10. Thorns 2: Why Do You Get Entangled?
  11. Cross 1: new Identity and New Potential
  12. Cross 2: The Cross and Daily Living
  13. Fruit 1: Real Heart Change
  14. Fruit 2: New and Surprising Fruit
  15. One Couple’s Story
  16. One Church’s Story 


“It’s encouraging to know that, in God’s hands, the winds of adversity that batter our lives are also agents of fruitful change in us. Paul Tripp and Tim Lane have done us all a favor by leading us down that path of change and teaching us how to embrace God’s transforming work in our hearts.” – Carolyn Custis James

“Change doesn’t happen overnight for the Christian. It’s a lifelong journey. Paul Tripp and Tim Lane masterfully guide us along the biblical path that points us to the cross and a lifestyle of faith and repentance. I recommend this book to all Christians who desire to grow in their relationship with God.” – Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College

“This book is applied theology. It’s about heat, thorns, the cross, and fruit. It’s about present grace. In sixteen short and well-illustrated chapters, the wonderful prospect of change for the good is held out for the reader. We are called to consider our circumstances and our responses to them, and beneath that to examine our hearts’ desires and to turn afresh to Christ’s cross.” – Mark Dever, pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church.


Timothy S. Lane, M.Div., D.Min.,  is a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America since 1991 (PCA), and is the coauthor of the books,  How People Change and Relationships: A Mess Worth Making, coauthor of the curriculums,  Change and Your Relationships and How People Change, and author of the minibooks,  PTSD, Conflict; Family Feuds; Forgiving Others; and Freedom from Guilt. Tim has 30 years of experience in pastoral ministry, counseling, teaching and executive leadership. Tim is also adjunct professor of practical theology at several seminaries including Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He speaks nationally and internationally, consults with churches and writes about the importance of pastoral care. 

Paul David Tripp, M.Div., D.Min.,is the President of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. This mission leads Paul to weekly speaking engagements around the world. In addition, Paul is the Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as the best-selling author of numerous books on Christian living. He has been married for many years to Luella and they have four grown children.