Delighting in the Trinity
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Why is God love? Because God is a Trinity.
Why can we be saved? Because God is a Trinity. How are we able to live the Christian life? Through the Trinity.
In this engaging book, Michael Reeves offers an introduction to Christianity and the Christian life that from start to finish is rooted in our triune God—Father, Son, and Spirit. Through the Trinity we understand not only the person and work of Christ but also prayer, the church, and every aspect of our faith. With wit and clarity, Reeves draws from church history down to the present, referencing a wide range of notable teachers and preachers.
For over a decade, Delighting in the Trinity has provided a rich, enjoyable portrait of basic Christian beliefs, opening up the profound and life-changing truths of our faith. It is now part of the IVP Signature Collection, which features special editions of iconic books in celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of InterVarsity Press.
"It's not often one reads a book on Trinitarian theology that is deeply insightful and wonderfully witty at the same time, but this is such a volume. Filling each chapter with careful thought and wise application, Reeves provides a most accessible book for those who are trying to understand what difference it makes that we are Trinitarian."
"If you have ever felt that the doctrine of the Trinity was a liability, a burden to be borne patiently, this is the book that will change your perspective. Michael Reeves's Delighting in the Trinity presents the triune God as the best thing about the Christian faith. Convinced that 'the triunity of God is the secret of his beauty,' Reeves writes from a full heart, with contagious enthusiasm for the Trinity. Delighting in the Trinity is more stimulating, quotable and engaging than we usually expect a theology book to be. Page after page, Reeves finds new ways of talking, draws surprising connections and reminds us that the God of the gospel is good news in three persons."
"The Trinity is often regarded as an esoteric and intimidating doctrine, over the heads of rank-and-file Christians. What are laypeople and students to make of the theologians' unfathomable utterances about how the Father, Son and Spirit constitute one God? The answer: Start by reading this book. Michael Reeves unpacks the significance of the Trinity for Christian life with a straight-shooting, conversational style honed by years of student ministry. But don't let the panache fool you. There is substance here that outweighs that of books much harder to understand. Read this book. Look up all the Bible passages it quotes. Let the Spirit use it to help you to see the Scriptures—and most of all, to see God the Trinity—in a new way. I cannot recommend it highly enough."
"Delighting in the Trinity overflows with the heart-winning news of the triune God who is love. Clear, accessible and compelling, Michael Reeves's new book provides stunning vistas of how the Father's eternal love for his Son has become unimaginably good news for us. If your life as a Christian has become at all routine or you simply wish to be freshly amazed at the transformative love of the Trinity for you, read Delighting in the Trinity. If you are like me, you will want to read it more than once. It's that spiritually satisfying."
"The book is an easy and pleasurable read with a down-to-earth articulation of the three-in-one God who loves and invites us into the deepest parts of his eternal love. Charming in its wit and winsome in its emotional appeal, it will motivate readers to love God more deeply and fully. I wish I had this book when I began my seminary studies. If only there were more theological treatments of the Trinity (or other Christian doctrines) written like this book, learning theology, and in a deeper sense, knowing and loving God, would be a delight."
"Even many Christians find the Trinity confusing, but Delighting in the Trinity is the clearest and best written explanation I've ever read."
"Michael Reeves's Delighting in the Trinity is an enjoyable introduction to the doctrine of the Trinity. . . . [It's] a great read. . . . This book would be useful for working with non-Christians seeking to understand Christianity. It would also serve the Christian who wants a better understanding of why the Trinity was not the invention of 'bored monks on rainy afternoons.'"
"Michael Reeves . . . has produced a powerful and concise treatment of the trinity in Delighting in the Trinity. One of the strengths of this volume is its practicality and accessibility. One of the most exciting aspects of this book is Reeves's skill in helping readers understand what it means to enjoy God and understand the doctrine of the trinity to be a demonstration of 'the beauty, the overflowing kindness, the heart-grabbing loveliness of God.'"
"Have you ever been mystified by the Trinity? If so, then this book is for you. . . . This book is an ideal introduction for young people, for those who want to know more about God . . . and for pastors who are looking for ways to communicate the faith to non-specialists. Its basic approach is sound, and it will refresh the souls of all who read it. Could we ask for more?"
Introduction: Here Be Dragons?
1. What Was God Doing Before Creation?
2. Creation: The Father's Love Overflows
3. Salvation: The Son Shares What Is His
4. The Christian Life: The Spirit Beautifies
5. "Who Among the Gods Is Like You, O LORD?"
Conclusion: No Other Choice
Questions for Reflection and Discussion