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“At last, a practical guide to the most fundamental doctrine of them all. Mr Sanders shows us how the Trinity is the essential framework on which our faith is built, the hidden skeleton that gives shape and meaning to the flesh and blood of daily experience. Highly commended!”
Gerald Bray, Research Professor of Divinity, History, and Doctrine, Beeson Divinity School; author, God Is Love and God Has Spoken

“Sanders has a gift for making the deep things of theology—in this case, the doctrine of the Trinity—clear and compelling rather than shallow and simplistic. This is as good an introduction to the essentially Trinitarian shape of evangelical faith and practice of which I’m aware. Every evangelical should be able to explain how the gospel is Trinitarian and the Trinity a summation of the gospel, and Sanders shows us how. He makes a convincing case that there is nothing wrong with the evangelical church in North American that a good dose of Trinitarian theology, if absorbed into the bloodstream of the body of Christ, could not cure. So take, drink, and prepare to be edified.”
Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School        

“Fred Sanders’ book should be required reading for anyone involved in the work of the Gospel. It will help readers catch a fresh vision of the depths of the message they strive to proclaim and foster a renewed sense of the grandeur of the Christian life they invite people to enjoy.”
Mark Hopson, Regional Director, The California School Project

“The Deep Things of God is at once profound and immediate. God's Triune majesty is brought down to our daily prayers and life as believers. Anyone who wants to know their great God better will be blessed by meditating on the scriptural and practical truth in this book. Any Christian leader who wants to ground his local congregation in the life of the Three-in-One God will find both biblical depth and devotional insight to help him. In The Deep Things of God Fred Sanders makes clear what we tacitly know, that 'the gospel is trinitarian and the Trinity is the gospel.' This book shows the same wisdom Fred has shown in ministering in our church. The Deep Things of God shows that the faith which we held so delicately at our baptism is an expression of our personal relationship with Father, Son and Spirit. We live out The Deep Things of God every time we pray to the Father by the Son and through the Spirit. It is my prayer that the whole church will embrace The Deep Things of God and celebrate our relationship to the Trinity in the life of the church.”
Scott Carpenter, Elder, Grace Fellowship Church, Costa Mesa, CA

“There simply aren't enough superlatives to describe how important and timely this book is. Sanders demonstrates how the Trinity is at the heart of the Gospel and the foundation of the Christian life, and makes his case by bringing forward distinctly evangelical voices. But this is no book of abstract theology: Sanders' work is lively, engaging, and accessible. He brings the Trinity out of the cloistered walls of academia and into the living room, explaining in terms anyone can understand that we are immersed in the reality of the Triune God. There is no better guide I know of to explore the deep things of God than this book, and it deserves a wide and serious hearing by pastors, theologians, and laymen alike.”
Matthew Lee Anderson, author, Body Matters: Overcoming the New Gnosticism of Young Evangelicals; blogger, MereOrthodoxy.com

“Deep Things of God is a fascinating exploration of the trinitarian heartbeat of the gospel which underlies the rich (though often ignored) practices of evangelicalism. Fred Sanders wears his considerable learning lightly; this is a book I'm going to buy for my parents and recommend to my fellow doctoral students.”
Ben Rhodes, PhD candidate in Systematic Theology, Kings College, University of Aberdeen

About the Author

FRED SANDERS is associate professor of theology at Biola University’s Torrey Honors Institute. A popular blogger and speaker, Sanders has authored numerous journal articles and written or contributed to several books, including The Image of the Immanent Trinity. He blogs at www.scriptoriumdaily.com.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; unknown edition (August 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433513153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433513152
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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By Scott Carpenter on August 23, 2010
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There has been a revival of interest and scholarship on the doctrine of the Trinity in the last 20 years, and many fine studies have been published. But I have still often been asked what book can be recommended to help knowledgeable layman go deeper into this bedrock doctrine. I've been looking for years for the book that explains the practical significance of the doctrine for every day Christians. This is the the book. As the subtitle explains, the Trinity really does change everything, and Fred Sanders explains how the Trinity lies behind our most basic Christian practices and experiences. The book is accessible enough to be be readable by a wide lay audience, but it is deep enough to surprise and teach a scholar with a whole shelf of trintitarian theology. Whether you are a teacher, a pastor or a confused layman, The Deep Things of God will take you to the heart of Christian truth and experience in fresh and insightful way. And Fred Sanders is the perfect guy to bridge the gap between depth and understanding because he has published everything from scholarly monographs to comic books that explain the Trinity! The Deep Things of God is a rich and inviting encouragement to devotion and understanding.
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As kids, learning to swim, most of us were intimidated, even scared, by the "deep end" of the pool. I can remember vacationing with my family in the Wisconsin Dells, and it taking me hours on end, beside the hotel pool, to muster the courage to jump into water I knew would be over my head. Though my dad was right there to catch me, and provide instruction as to how to accomplish the seemingly insurmountable task successfully, something in me just couldn't do it. But then, after pacing back and forth, assuming a pseudo-confident jump position (holding my nose, of course), and then backing out for a couple of hours...I finally did it! Then, after awhile, I didn't even need my dad there to catch me. And something that once seemed so intimidating, proved to increase my enjoyment of swimming all the more.
That's a bit like what diving in to the doctrine of the Trinity can be like for many Christians. They know it's there. They've heard about it. However, something in them just can't muster the courage to really go after it, even though it would provide an increasing depth to their understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of all that God has done for us in the gospel of Christ.

Fred Sanders, associate professor of theology at Biola University's Torrey Honors Institute, in his recent book, The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything, aims to help Christians learn to "embrace the doctrine of the Trinity wholeheartedly and without reserve, as a central concern of Evangelical Christianity". "Why?", you may ask. Sanders says, that we must embrace a robust Trinitarianism because, "the doctrine of the Trinity inherently belongs to the gospel itself".
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For many Christians today, the Trinity is a doctrine to which we give almost no thought. While we certainly affirm it as being true, we don't really know how it makes a difference in our lives.
So it gets easier for us to start thinking that maybe it doesn't matter. The seeming paradox of God being one, yet three is a huge stumbling block to many people looking at the Christian faith... and maybe it wouldn't change anything if we just let it go.

Fred Sanders, associate professor of theology at Biola University's Torrey Honors Institute, disagrees.

"Deep down it is evangelical Christians who most clearly witness to the fact that the personal salvation we experience is reconciliation with God the Father, carried out through God the Son, in the power of God the Holy Spirit," he writes (p. 9).

But we've lost something as a movement; we've settled for a theological and spiritual shallowness, especially in regards to the Trinity. "Our beliefs and practices all presuppose the Trinity, but that presupposition has for too long been left unexpressed . . . and taken for granted rather than celebrated and taught" (p. 11).
That's why he wrote The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything. In this book, Sanders hopes to reawaken an understanding of, and desire to celebrate, the deeply Trinitarian nature of Christianity.

Because the Trinity is so overwhelming in it's otherness, it's tempting for us to avoid even attempting to speak to it. But as Sanders writes, "We . . . should not let ourselves be trapped into thinking that everything depends on our ability to articulate the mystery of the triune God" (p. 36).

The reality is we are tacitly (implicitly) Trinitarian in innumerable ways.
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This book, more than any systematic theology, has helped to shape and mold the way I think about the gospel and the Trinity.

It begins somewhat technical, but quickly gets to the heart of Christianity itself: The trinity inviting us into the dance that is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Sanders book accomplishes what so many other Christian books fail to accomplish: it takes the focus off me and puts the focus of the reader on the Triune God.

The book subtitle "How the Trinity Changes Everything" is a great description. The focus here is how the shape of the trinity is the shape of the gospel. Not only how the trinity affects salvation history but also the joy and relationship of the trinity before salvation history and how we see the trinity in relation to Scripture, prayer, and evangelism.

Sanders pulls a lot from great Christian authors throughout history including C.S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, Thomas Manton, J.C. Ryle, R.A. Torrey, John Flavel and many others.

Theological. Scriptural. Applicable. This is not a book of Scriptural proofs of the Trinity. It is a book that takes a Big Picture view of the Trinity with the goal of our rejoicing in it; not just studying it.
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