Next week is Thanksgiving, which means the Christmas is near at hand. For many, Thanksgiving is the gateway to the inauguration of the shopping season. Unfortunately for many Christians, it means that in the hustle from the department store to the grocery store and every stop in between, the wonder of what we should be celebrating becomes unsalvageable. Therefore, it is necessary to be reminded of the magnitude of what we are celebrating by reflecting deeply upon it with purpose and profundity (not like giving a list of material thanksgivings on Facebook that requires little thought and little reflection).
If there is anyone who does well at fixating upon Christ and causing a deep meditation upon his person and work, it is Paul Tripp. Admittedly, I am a little biased when it comes to his ministry as I find myself looking to his materials continuously, both personally and professionally. Three years ago Paul Tripp released a yearly devotional called New Morning Mercies that includes a short proposition, an exposition on that proposition, ending with suggested readings from Scripture passages. Three years later, and Paul Tripp has released another devotional, Come, Let Us Adore Him. However, it comes with some particular changes. First, this devotional is advent oriented, covering only the month of December with an emphasis on Jesus, the Christ. Second, Tripp has included an additional section for parents and children that is meant to give discussion prompters and teaching points when talking with your children.
Admittedly, there are times that I wish Tripp cited more Scripture (especially in the earlier devotions). This is not because what he has to say is unbiblical, but rather because it is. In fact, many of his comments follow right a long for Scripture, and it would be helpful for readers to know where those thoughts came from so that they can both verify what the author says and be encouraged to dive into Scripture. However, we can’t really say that the devotional lacks any of these points. After all, each devotional comes with recommended passages to be read, and there are times in which he does cite the reference.
Regardless, the author’s adoration of the Son, Jesus Christ, is continuously conveyed. Furthermore, his ability to communicate has the propensity to cause others to capture the necessity and vision of such adoration as well. Although true worship is aided by the Spirit (see John 4:22-24) it is certain that the Lord has gifted the author in being able to aide this.
It can be easy to question the need for such a book, especially in light of the fact that Paul Tripp has already put together a yearly devotional. However, the emphasis is not only different, but it comes during a season in which we should be fixating on Christ the most and yet seem to be riveted by him the least. That in itself makes this a worthwhile read. However, for families, the additional talking points section for family devotions creates the opportunity to generate the habit of family devotions with something that is helpful, practical, and simple. With the month of December a mere few weeks, now is the time to pick up this book, and I would urge readers to do so.
To purchase this book or some of my favourite books from Paul Tripp, click the following links:
- Come, Let Us Adore Him
- New Morning Mercies
- Parenting (Read the review of this book here)
- Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands
- What Did You Expect?
- Dangerous Calling
- How People Change
Or to browse a longer list of titles, click here.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purposes of review at no cost to me. However, the review was not influenced by the publisher, the author, or any other person associated with the book as is instead, the result of my own reading of the book.