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  • Perfect Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907377336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907377334
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Tim Chester is a director of the Porterbrook Seminary which provides affordable, Bible-college level training for church leadership and missional church in the context of your ministry ( He is a leader of The Crowded House, a church planting network ( He blogs at He has previously been Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK and a part-time lecturer in missiology. He is the author of a number of books and series editor of The Good Book Guides (The Good Book Company). He is married with two daughters.

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I am confident that this book will deeply impact those who take the time to read it.
Matthew Kresge
A lot of what he said in this book was like that- I could take days just thinking about one concept that he taught in this book.
The good is that the book gives a very good, though relatively concise overview of the doctrine of the Trinity.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Patterson White on September 5, 2012
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Delighting in the Trinity is Tim Chester's attempt to answer the question, "How is the doctrine of the Trinity good news?" The book emerged from Chester's conversations about the Christian faith with two Muslim friends. Their questions prompted him to consider how, rather than being a source of panic and embarrassment, queries about this doctrine should instead provide "a lovely opportunity to share the heart of our faith" (9). I appreciated this missional framing for the book.

This book is divided into three parts: "Biblical Foundations," "Historical Developments," and "Practical Implications." Part One outlines the scriptural basis for Trinitarian belief, paying closest attention to the events of Calvary. He convincingly shows that we must make sense of the Cross in light of the Trinity.

As a doctoral student, I was most interested in Part Two. Chester devotes considerable space to summarizing how the doctrine of the Trinity was articulated in light of the biblical material and the concerns of the early church, tracing developments in Trinitarian theology through the medieval and early modern periods to the present day. While advanced students will find these chapters unavoidably simplified at points, I appreciated that Chester devotes as much space as he does to historical theology. While many writers for laypeople might be tempted to minimize such details, Chester takes pains to show what was at stake for the church in earlier ages. The interested lay reader will find plenty of footnotes to encourage deeper reading of primary sources.

Emphasis on the "practicality" or relevance of doctrine always makes me a little nervous, but Part Three of Chester's book might better be titled "The Trinity: a matter of life and death" (137).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Fiske on September 7, 2012
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I've found one of the biggest challenges in communicating the truth of the Christian faith to others, especially unbelievers, is adequately and clearly explaining the triune nature of God. It certainly does spark some excellent questions and makes for great conversation, but it can be quite difficult to simply explain such a paradoxical doctrine.

One note of encouragement, in this regard, is the growing number of resources available on the doctrine of the Trinity and the implications of this doctrine in the life of the Christian and the church. Dr. Tim Chester (PhD - University of Wales), pastor of The Crowded House in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, and director of the Porterbrook Seminary, has added a notable resource to the mix in his book, Delighting in the Trinity: Why Father, Son and Spirit are Good News (Good Book Company, 2010). If you're at all familiar with Chester's work, you'll know that his gift of writing is a welcomed mix of clarity, depth, and intense practicality. It is no different in this volume.

Divided into 3 parts, Chester looks at the doctrine of the Trinity by beginning with the doctrine's biblical foundation. Chester provides a good overview of the Scriptural basis for the doctrine, incorporating both Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and New Testament texts, also noting their interrelation, to assist the reader in drawing the doctrine from the pages of God's Word.

Part 2 is focused on the development of the doctrine from the 2nd through the 20th centuries AD. By providing this historical context and overview, Chester serves his readers well in understanding the historical nature of the Christian faith and the lives of those who have wrestled with the doctrine in days past.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Kresge on September 4, 2012
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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the Trinity? Complex, frustrating, confusing? Let's face it, most of us flinch when we try to make sense of the Trinity. I remember days sitting in my dorm room trying to grasp the idea of one God in three persons only to become confused or intimidated. Maybe you have had a similar feeling.

In his book, Delighting in the Trinity, Tim Chester begins by sharing his own personal experience with the doctrine of the Trinity. Chester and two of his friends who are Muslims began to meet weekly to read the Bible together. Chester was soon met with objections concerning the Trinity. After examining his response, Chester realized that the doctrine of the Trinity embarrassed him. He wanted to change the topic. Yet, deeper reflection led him to see that the Trinity is good news! There was no reason to be embarrassed. Thus, Tim Chester began to write Delighting in the Trinity. He wanted others to experience the same joy in God that He was experiencing.

The book is divided into three parts: Biblical Foundations, Historical Developments, and Practical Implications. The first section looks at the Triune God in Scripture. He helps us to understand the doctrine as portrayed in the Bible. The second section of the book looks at the historical development of the Trinity from the 2nd century AD until now. This is a short overview. Lastly, Chester looks at the practical implications of the Trinity. The book is well written, concise, and loaded with one-liners. Chester is a thoughtful and engaging writer.

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Chester has the ability to explain the complex in a simple engaging fashion. I remember when I first came to Christ, I wanted to understand the Trinity.
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