Paul David Tripp and I would have a lively debate over the Doctrines of Grace if we were to ever meet, but I’ll recommend this book to anyone (Calvinist or not).
For years I’ve struggled to find a good devotional. So many are shallow and sappy. While I don’t necessarily want an in-depth study with my breakfast (my brain’s not awake yet) I do want something meaty. Something I can chew on all day. Something that moves me to reflect on God and His goodness. This book does just that.
Each entry begins with a “Gospel tweet,” a one or two sentence declaration that immediately puts the reader’s focus on Christ. Tripp then launches into a reflection on God’s grace and the innumerable ways it impacts and shapes our lives. Sometimes he tells a personal story, sometimes he shares a few lines of poetry, other times it’s a straight-up mini-sermon. The reflection ends with a Scripture reference for further study and encouragement.
I usually skip to the end of the entry and look up the Scripture reference first. This gives me context for Tripp’s comments and reminds me to turn to the Word before anything or anyone else. That, therefore, is my only quibble; I wish the reference was printed at the top of the page in order to easily facilitate such practice. But we’re all adults and can figure it out, right?
“New Morning Mercies” is an excellent devotional tool. Tripp writes with humility and passion, pointing his readers to the Throne of Grace and the Lord who sits upon it forever. Great stuff!