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Communion with the Triune God Paperback – September 27, 2007
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"Here is a modern reader's edition of a classic Puritan work by a classic Puritan author. It is a powerful Trinitarian profiling from Scripture of the truth that fellowship with God is and must ever be the inside story of the real Christian's life. John Owen is a profound teacher on all aspects of spiritual life, and it is a joy to welcome this reappearance of one of his finest achievements."
—J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College
"Among English-speaking theologians and pastors, John Owen and Jonathan Edwards run neck and neck for the first place in profound, faithful, fruitful displays of the glory of God in the salvation of sinners. Not only that, they are both running for first among the ranks of those who show practically how that glory is experienced here and now. Owen may have the edge here. And Communion with the Triune God is his most extraordinary effort. No one else has laid open the paths of personal fellowship with the three persons of the Trinity the way Owen does. What an honor it would be to God if more of his children knew how to enjoy him the way Owen does."
—John Piper, Founder, desiringGod.org; Chancellor, Bethlehem College & Seminary
"For those who want to deepen their understanding of God's greatness and how we walk with him, this book will repay, many times over, the effort its reading requires."
—David F. Wells, Distinguished Senior Research Professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
"A great work. There is renewed interest in the Trinity these days, and there is also a deep hungering for genuine spirituality. Owen combines the two in a powerful manner, pointing the way to a vital relationship with the triune God."
—Richard J. Mouw, President, Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary
About the Author
Known as the "theologian's theologian," JOHN OWEN (1616–1683) was vice chancellor of Oxford University and served as advisor and chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. Among the most learned and active of the Puritans in seventeenth-century Europe, he was an erudite and accomplished theologian both in doctrine and practical theology.
Kelly M. Kapic (PhD, King's College, University of London) is professor of theological studies at Covenant College, where he has taught for over fifteen years. Kapic has written and edited over ten books, focusing on the areas of systematic, historical, and practical theology. Kapic has also published articles in various journals and books. Kapic and his wife, Tabitha, live on Lookout Mountain with their two children.
Justin Taylor (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the executive vice president of book publishing and book publisher at Crossway. He has edited and contributed to several books including A God-Entranced Vision of All Things and Reclaiming the Center, and he blogs at Between Two Worlds—hosted by the Gospel Coalition.
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Top Customer Reviews
I believe Lewis is right. I found my heart singing while reading this lengthy treatise on the Trinity written 350 years ago by an English Puritan pastor-theologian. In Communion with the Triune God, John Owen shows from Scripture how to enjoy fellowship with each person of the Godhead: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Editors Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor have once again done the church a great service by publishing this book. Following a Foreword by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Kapic provides a helpful introductory essay, "Worshiping the Triune God: The Shape of John Owen's Trinitarian Spirituality" that gives a "panoramic view of Owen's approach to communion with the triune God" (p. 20).
The goal of this volume, according to Taylor, is to provide "unabridged but updated and accessible edition of Owen's Communion with God" (p. 47). In other words, the editors let Owen speak for himself. This isn't an abridgement or a paraphrase. The original content is reformatted to assist the modern reader. Owen's notoriously long paragraphs are broken into smaller units. All Greek and Hebrew words are transliterated. Pithy Latin phrases are translated. Difficult words are footnoted. Helpful headings and subheadings aid in following Owen's flow of thought.Read more ›
Kapic and Taylor have edited Owen's Communion With the Triune God - revising the layout, clarifying the footnotes, updating the language and spelling, etc. - in order to produce an extraordinarily more accessible Owen. A modern reader no longer has an excuse to avoid this classic work.
In three main divisions, Owen systematically introduces the three persons of the Trinity and painstakingly (in a quite positive sense) details their roles and works in the lives of believers. The work is balanced as to the persons of the Trinity, meaning that it is not a distant look at an Almighty Father or a charismatic ballyhoo over the Spirit. Rather, each person of the Trinity gets his due as a person who wants to relate to each of the people of God. Owen, in keeping with the New Testament emphasis, rightly devotes the most contemplation to the work and fellowship of God the Son, but he does so in a way that emphasizes the holistic nature of our communion with God.
What impresses me most about this volume is Owen's approach. The book is theology done well, but is not merely a list of theological categories or abstract metaphysics. Owen wants you to know God, to fully know Him, to love Him, to abide in Him, to truly commune with Him in a deep and eternal way.Read more ›
Within this book we find Owen dealing with not just how we relate to God, but how we relate to each person of the Triune Godhead. All the while Owen keeps before us that the oneness of God as well, which is not easy task, but embodies the mystery of the Trinity. For the Father Owen stresses the love that emanates toward His people, and towards Him, realizing that there are similarities and distinctions between these types of love. This love that the Father bestows on His people should be something we treasure everyday, and we should allow it to cause us to delight in Him.
In relation to the Son (where Owen spends the majority of his time), the idea of grace is lauded and seen as where our fellowship with him consists. In this section we get an unbelievable display of who Christ and all that he has accomplished on our behalf, particularly in his death and resurrection. It was at the cross that grace was purchased on our behalf, and something we should see as infinitely valuable through this eminent description. It is through the acceptance of the gospel that we are able to relate to Christ and enjoy the benefits in all things pertaining to life and godliness.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Communion with the Triune God (Foreword by Kevin J. Vanhoozer)Excellent work by Owen.
Kindle version needs a lot of help - Greek text appears as size 1 font.... Read more
Highly recommended to all who know and love the Triune God. From a theologian and pastor who lived out the truths he wrote of. Read morePublished on September 11, 2013 by sfwal
One of the best books ever, words can not express my delight in this extremely Biblical work....should be on the short list of Pilgrims Progress, Mere Christianity, etc...Published on December 19, 2012 by Robert Bruce Dilmore Jr.
This piece is different than what I expected from Owen but still a good one. He has it separated into three parts, Communion with the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Read morePublished on November 30, 2009 by Derek Robinson
Highly recommended. I have been reading 17th and 18th century authors for about 3 years, and found this work far more accessible than those I have been reading without sacrificing... Read morePublished on September 4, 2008 by R Page
Book is great so far. As I can recall, shipping was very fast and the book met all my expectations! Thanks, great service!Published on May 13, 2008 by B. Moore