- Paperback: 135 pages
- Publisher: IVP Academic; 8.6.2012 edition (August 18, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0830839836
- ISBN-13: 978-0830839834
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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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This book starts by getting rid of the insufficient illustrations of Tri-Unity, and instead of going on to explain illustrations that might work, goes on to show what the Trinity actually is and does. In very understandable fashion needing no theology degrees or even dictionaries to look up definitions. Truly a reader friendly book, even the pictures are nice.
Further, this book's concepts would be easily digestible by many Christians, hungry enough to learn about the Trinity, and contains ideas that are foundational to the faith of all Christians, hence the subtitle: an Introduction to the Christian Faith. His mystical, relational, Spirit filled Christian life may be foreign to some, but his thoughts in this area are refreshing, balanced, and properly nuanced and not often enough written about by those within his stream of theology. I did find him, at times, however, to be a bit too pedantic, dry, or basic. But, he really worked hard not to be so and my “lethargic moments” in the book may have been due to having read similar thoughts before or that time I read this book after a long day and a full meal. The book would have been better with an index, but having to reread a few sections over again, when in search of a recently read point, wasn’t so bad.
This pastor can easily recommend M. Reeves’s book; it would especially be a helpful for you, if you:
• Desire an introduction to Trinitarian theology.
• Delight in Jonathan Edwards, Religious Affections, etc. but are uncomfortable with the over arching tones of the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”
• Want another reason for going to the mission field, other than God is sending heathen to Hell, unless I do something.
• Are a preacher, whose sermons are stuck on do, do some more, and then do it again.
• Are a believer, who needs to be reminded that God is working to complete his love in you and won’t quit until you are fully in his arms.
Reeves, takes several of the heroes of Reformed theology – Calvin, Edwards, Spurgeon et al – and quotes from their works but consistently declares throughout the entire book: “God's innermost being (hypostatis) is an outgoing, loving, life-giving being … He is not a God who hoards his life, but one who gives it away, as he would show in that supreme moment of his self-revelation on the cross.” (45) If sin is “love turned in on itself,” then God is entirely other than this characteristic; he’s the One whom love of the other is central to his being, an eternal self-existent love that was before creation and intrinsically part of the Triune relationship of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
“The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. "God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” (Gal 5:6; 1 John 4:16)
This book would make a great primer for Packer's "Knowing God" but it is also stands well by itself. I would highly reccommend it to anyone who wants to know God in truth.