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"[T]he 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." (John Cheong, Trinity Journal, Spring 2014)

"Even many Christians find the Trinity confusing, but Delighting in the Trinity is the clearest and best written explanation I've ever read." (Marvin Olasky, World Magazine, June 29, 2013)

"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.'" (New Horizons, April 2013)

"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 accessiblity. One of the most exciting aspects of this book is Reeves' 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.'" (R. Albert Mohler Jr., Preaching, March/April 2013)

". . . summary doesn't do justice to the tight and witty writing that Reeves provides . . . his style reminds me of C.S. Lewis." (Marvin Olasky, World Magazine, December 1, 2012)

"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. It's basic approach is sound, and it will refresh the souls of all who read it. Could we ask for more?" (Gerald Bray, Themelios, November 2012)

"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. Filled 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." (Kelly M. Kapic, Covenant College)

"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." (Fred Sanders, Biola University)

"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." (Dan Cruver, national director of Together for Adoption and author of Reclaiming Adoption)

"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." (Donald Fairbairn, Robert E. Cooley Professor of Early Christianity, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and author of Life in the Trinity)

About the Author

Michael Reeves (PhD, King's College) is an author, theologian, historian and professor who teaches at Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST) and is the director of Union, a WEST initiative that puts the theological academy back in the local church context. He previously served as theological adviser for the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship in the United Kingdom where he oversaw the Theology Network, a theological resources website. He was also associate minister at All Souls Church, Langham Place. Reeves is the author of books such as Delighting in the Trinity, The Unquenchable Flame, Discovering the Heart of the Reformation, The Breeze of the Centuries, On Giants’ Shoulders and The Good God. He has also written numerous articles for publications including International Journal of Systematic Theology, Themelios, Desiring God, Credo and Reformation 21. He and his wife Bethan have two daughters.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic; 8.6.2012 edition (August 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830839836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830839834
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Dr. David P. Craig TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
In teaching theology proper (the doctrine of God) in churches for over twenty years I constantly find that people struggle with connecting the dots of a God that is one in essence and three in person. The concepts of the Godhead seem distant and aloof and deemed abstract and incomprehensible.

Enter Michael Reeves into the equation: the abstract explained + the biblical doctrine of the Trinity + the concrete realities of a relational Being + everything beautiful in relationship to the triune members of the Godhead = an amazing appreciation for our communal relationship with an intimate God.

In reading this book you will laugh, see God more relationally, understand the unique roles of the Triune Persons of the Godhead in creation, our salvation, and in relationship to one another and to us corporately and individually.

Reeves has truly done a remarkable job of putting the "cookies on the bottom shelf." Yet there is solid food here for the trained theologian as well as the new believer who is trying to put all the pieces of the theological puzzle together. He makes an excellent case for all foundational biblical truths relating to our understanding of the Triune nature and essence of the Godhead in an exciting and practical way. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 2, 2013
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It's a feeling every reader knows and loves, and perhaps especially the reader of theology. It is the feeling that comes as you read a book and find yourself thinking "This could change everything." There are some books that go straight to what you think you know, what you are so sure of, what you've so carefully constructed, and begin to pull it all apart and to replace it with something that is so much better, so much loftier, so much more worthy of God. Michael Reeves' Delighting in the Trinity has been one of those books to me. After ten pages I was hooked, after twenty I was reeling and after fifty I knew I would have to go back and read it all again.

I have read several books on the Trinity in the past and have always enjoyed reading them. James White's The Forgotten Trinity and Bruce Ware's Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are biblical, systematic and powerful. I've read them, benefited from them, and often recommended them. I will continue to do so. The unique angle--and unique beauty--of Delighting in the Trinity is that it looks less at a concept and more at a relationship, less at a doctrine and more at the persons of the godhead. It is, at heart, an introduction to the Christian faith and the Christian life that seeks to show that both must be at all times rooted in the triunity of God. All that God is, all that God does, flows out of his triunity. It is the essential Christian doctrine. Reeves says that his book is

about growing in our enjoyment of God and seeing how God's triune being makes all his ways beautiful. It is a chance to taste and see that the Lord is good, to have your heart won and yourself refreshed.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tom Farr on September 6, 2012
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If you're looking for a book that will help you to see God for who he is as presented in the Bible and therefore cause your heart to desire this kind of God more, Michael Reeves' new book DELIGHTING IN THE TRINITY is the book you're looking for. I picked it up because I thought it sounded interesting and I wanted to read a book about the trinity, but I wasn't prepared for how truly profound this book was going to be. Reeves presents the trinity as absolutely foundational to the Christian faith. In Reeves' reading of the Bible, believing in the trinity isn't optional. If God isn't triune, then much of what we believe about Christianity just doesn't add up.

Reeves outlines the biblical revelation of God as an ultimately loving eternal Father pouring out his love on his equally eternal Son by his once again equally eternal Spirit. He does a great job of explaining what Tim Keller often calls The Dance of the trinity. The Father's love so overflows for his Son that he wanted to create human beings with whom he could also pour out his love. God is foundationally loving toward his creation, and even when it became fallen, his love continued to overflow in sending his Son to die in our place. His love is experienced by those who trust in him by the indwelling Spirit of God. The Spirit's indwelling catches us up in the loving Dance of God.

The book is short and is even a bit repetitive at times, but it has helped reignite a transformation view of God for me. If the trinity is true, then the way we think about some of the most common ideas in the Bible is important. Read this book, and you might find yourself challenged to embrace a bigger view of God than you did before.

I received this book for free for review from Intervarsity Press, and the opinions contained in this review are completely my own
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By jdb VINE VOICE on August 2, 2013
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I started this book almost four months ago. I thought; from the cover title, that it was going to be a primer on Trinitarian theology and maybe a bit more. Unfortunately, I was mistaken. I did not connect with this book much at all. This is unusual in the sense that the book is published by one of my favorite Christian publishing houses and the fact the book is the recipient of overwhelmingly positive reviews (at least this is true on the website). Mine is not one of those exuberantly positive experiences.

Before I move into the reasons why I didn't care so much for the book, I would like to list technical specifics and my positive endorsements. First, the author, Michael Reeves, has superior credentials and qualifications to write a book of this nature. My scholarship is nowhere near the level of Reeves, so my opinion and my review might seem a little unqualified; although, I believe my questions and concerns are valid even though I have not read a single review that mentions them outside my own.

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The book is a short read at just over one hundred thirty pages. Despite the author's academic background, I thought the book was very understandable and did not contain language that was "over-the-head" of most readers. The book is five chapters not including a brief introduction piece and a summary conclusion. There are quite a few side-bar conversations, which provide good information; however, I found these interjections quite distracting when reading through the main content.

The flow of the information follows these chapter titles:

What Was God Doing Before Creation?
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