A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger than You

Paul David Tripp
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Paul David Tripp expertly traverses the deepest recesses of the human heart and compassionately invites fellow Christian travelers to journey with him into God's bigger kingdom. Readers will be encouraged, excited, and motivated by hope as they learn how to set aside their "little kingdom" attachments—which can expertly masquerade within the church as Christian activism, legalism, emotionalism, formalism, creedalism, and externalism—in favor of God's expansive and soul-freeing eternal quest.

Tripp demonstrates through sound, biblical principles how humanity is made by God to transcend far beyond the mere physical realm, and humans are likewise created to be "glory junkies;" those whose visionary lives are governed by God's grand purposes rather than existing only within their narrow, self-interested confines.

Tripp shows Christians how to "transcend" through daily, moment-by-moment practical methodology that transforms individuals into the image of Christ.

Within this purpose-driven framework, Paul David Tripp compels believers to see beyond the worldly deception of personal achievement, success, materialism to break free from this ungodly fulfillment that is too easily satisfied with a mediocre walk with Christ. Instead the author invites committed sojourners to a life characterized by an unyielding passion that pursues God simply for the pleasure of his glorious company and, in the process, affect eternal change in a hurting, hopeless world.


Paul David Tripp, MDiv, DMin, is the president of Paul David Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. Paul is a best-selling author of many books on Christian living, including How People Change, Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands, A Quest for More, Relationships: A Mess Worth Making, Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, and New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional. He has been married for many years to Luella, and they have four grown children.

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"Wow! I was doing fine mowing the lawn in my little kingdom . . . until I read Paul Tripp's book and found that I had been mowing with a toy lawnmower and the grass was Astroturf. This is a book about the kingdom and your part in it. If you're satisfied with the toy lawnmower, stay away from this book. But if you really want more (and you know you do), this book could change your life."
Steve Brown, Author; professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL; president of Key Life Network, Inc.

"Many people have read books about purpose or meaning in life only to find their hearts were still restless, longing for something more. As you read this book, I suspect you will find yourself saying, 'Yes! That's it! This guy gets it!' Paul David Tripp not only understands the longing of the human heart for something more, but he skillfully leads each one of us to the 'above and more' for which we were created.
Bob Lepine, Cohost, FamilyLife Today

"The kingdom of self or the kingdom of God: Which will we pursue on a daily basis? Paul Tripp offers a compelling challenge to pursue God's with King Christ at the center! Then we will understand the purpose for which we were created. Then we will live a life that truly makes a difference.
Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC

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  • 5
    Excellent Book!

    Posted by Daniel on 08 14 2018

    This call to live for Gods kingdom instead of my own was much needed. I am my biggest problem and PDT graciously points it out again. I need to be reminded more ham I need to be instructed and PDT does it so well.

  • 5
    Another Great Tripp Book

    Posted by Anonymous on 05 05 2017

    Not finished reading yet, but have been blessed time and again with Paul Tripp's incite and wisdom that both convicts and shows me ways that I need to think and act differently.

  • 5
    Kept me awake at nights thinking about what I had read

    Posted by Christy Bower on 01 09 2017

    According to author Paul David Tripp, “There really is no place for Christ in many people’s Christianity. Their faith is not actually in Christ; it is in Christianity and their own ability to live it out.” Never before have I encountered a book that stripped me of everything I believed without making me feel naked and forced me to see myself for who I am trying to be so I could better see the image of who God wants me to be. A Quest for More kept me awake at nights thinking about what I had read and how it applies to my life. It was like God performing surgery on my spirit, chapter after chapter. I don’t know how Paul David Tripp did it, but he took the things I thought I knew about the Christian life and enlarged the meaning to show how puny my Christian ambitions were. And now I can’t wait to grow into the vastness of living in God’s glory. A Quest for More should be required reading for every Christian. Because of our propensity to get distracted by our own devices, it should probably be re-read every year, too. It is absolutely life changing. You will never look at things the same again. And yet the author didn’t slap you in the face with reality, but gently presented the comparison of what we currently seek in life to the vastness of living for something more.

  • 5
    How delightful to read about what is truly important.

    Posted by Glenn Parkinsonon on 05 22 2016

    Before I chose this book, I read reviews that, while positive, stressed that it was far too repetitious. Having just finished it, I understand what they meant. I suppose the relentless circling around the central theme of "big kingdom living" could seem repetitive - actually, it was repetitive. But I gave 5 stars because I very much felt a third dimension at work taking each chapter higher (or deeper, if you prefer). In particular, the last few chapters brought the notion home very well indeed. Tripp explained why Christ's call to die is a call to life. That's a familiar image, but all that came before laid out the wonderful meaning perfectly. I read this with a Christian friend and it was a great experience.

  • 3
    More motivation than help

    Posted by Bradley S Kelly on 05 15 2016

    The initial chapters of the book excited me and had me looking forward to more, but the book turned out to be all hook. A Quest for More turned out to be a sanctified session with Tony Robbins. There are many key thoughts and provocative questions, but Tripp never takes the next step of bringing the thoughts down to earth. This book could be very useful in a small group setting or in individual counseling. As a stand alone resource, however, it falls short. For all the questions Tripp asks and answers, the one he missed was: what does this mean on Monday?

  • 5
    Another Great Book by PDT

    Posted by David Hamrick on 08 31 2015

    Yet again another great book by PDT! As he explains in the introduction, the first few chapters will dig deep into your heart and it's tendency to be consumed with self rather than what you were created for, namely God and his Kingdom. Many of the chapters will lift up and encourage you. Mr. Tripp is great at applying the gospel to the heart. I recommend his teachings and books to many that want to go past behavior modification and who seek heart change and mind transformation.

  • 5
    Antidote to the "Selfie" Culture

    Posted by Patricia J. Kreiger on 07 23 2015

    I have been a follower of Jesus for 60+ years. This book opened my eyes to how little I still understand of the depth of God's love for me...and the height of what He wants to accomplish thru me for His glory alone. In this "selfie" culture, this book is a primer on Matthew 10:39--"He who loses his life for my sake will find it.

  • 5
    A Game Changer

    Posted by Meridith P on 06 13 2015

    I have been constantly recommending this book the entire time I have been reading it. Recognizing the difference between living for His Kingdom and living for your own kingdom is quite possibly the most important thing you can do to go deeper still in your walk. This is a book you will read again and again, especially to ask yourself the poignant questions regarding your own heart's desires and treasures.

  • 5
    Excellent and Practical!

    Posted by Bethany Black on 02 04 2015

    Overall, I liked the approach to evaluating all we do in the light of "the little kingdom" or " the big kingdom". I think it will challenge me to assess how I spend my time , and give me a reason to re-evaluate my interactions with others in the workplace and community. Interestingly, today I finished this book and read David Foster Wallace's commencement speech to Kenyon College from 2005. Wallace recognized the hopelessness in the self- absorbed life of " the little kingdom". He seemed to recognize the joy of living for something bigger than himself, but sadly, he never new the life that is available in our Saviour.

  • 5
    An inspiration that encourages living in the right mindset

    Posted by Chad Gramlingon on 12 27 2014

    As humans - a broken people living in a broken world,,we're constantly trying to fill in the gaps of our cracked and fractured lives with a glue that won't hold us together. we're thinking of kingdoms that consider only ourselves. This book teaches us what we need to know for cultivating a life that seeks to serve,the right Kindom... that of our Lord. !any practical concepts and practical application exist throughout the book, which inspires us to serve a higher call.

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