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In this brief and winsome book, Michael Reeves presents an introduction to the Christian faith that is rooted in the triune God. He takes cues from preachers and teachers down through the ages, setting key doctrines of creation, the person and work of Christ, and life in the Spirit into a simple framework of the Christian life. A rich and enjoyable read on the basic belief In this brief and winsome book, Michael Reeves presents an introduction to the Christian faith that is rooted in the triune God. He takes cues from preachers and teachers down through the ages, setting key doctrines of creation, the person and work of Christ, and life in the Spirit into a simple framework of the Christian life. A rich and enjoyable read on the basic beliefs of Christianity that avoids dumbing down its profound and life changing truths.


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In this brief and winsome book, Michael Reeves presents an introduction to the Christian faith that is rooted in the triune God. He takes cues from preachers and teachers down through the ages, setting key doctrines of creation, the person and work of Christ, and life in the Spirit into a simple framework of the Christian life. A rich and enjoyable read on the basic belief In this brief and winsome book, Michael Reeves presents an introduction to the Christian faith that is rooted in the triune God. He takes cues from preachers and teachers down through the ages, setting key doctrines of creation, the person and work of Christ, and life in the Spirit into a simple framework of the Christian life. A rich and enjoyable read on the basic beliefs of Christianity that avoids dumbing down its profound and life changing truths.

30 review for Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith

  1. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Vellacott

    Mixed feelings about this book. Firstly, it is a short, easy read. The author explains why the doctrine of the Trinity is central to Christian life and practice. He focuses on the fact that God (the Father) has been showing love eternally to the other members of the Trinity because He is three in one. If He was a single entity then there would have been no opportunity for Him to show love and therefore He would have become used to being distant, aloof and selfish. With this, the author contrasts Mixed feelings about this book. Firstly, it is a short, easy read. The author explains why the doctrine of the Trinity is central to Christian life and practice. He focuses on the fact that God (the Father) has been showing love eternally to the other members of the Trinity because He is three in one. If He was a single entity then there would have been no opportunity for Him to show love and therefore He would have become used to being distant, aloof and selfish. With this, the author contrasts Christianity with other faiths. I'm not sure that limiting God through this observation is helpful, but it's worth thinking about the idea. His assessment of God and His attributes is interesting but perhaps somewhat skewed in favour of the points he wants to make. That said, I learned a lot about the Trinity some of which I had not considered before or had just accepted from reading other books. I didn't like the graphic illustrations of all three members of the Trinity in the book. I could hardly believe it when I saw God the Father depicted in one of the pictures. I understand that these are historical drawings, but surely the second commandment applies here as well. I also struggled with the emphasis on feelings and emotions that we should have towards God and our relationship with Him. A lot of Christian authors seem to be placing greater emphasis on the subjective and changeable and less on obedience and perseverance in the faith. This may just be my personal opinion though. Despite being short, the book was a bit repetitive in places. I would still recommend it for those wanting to learn about the Trinity as it provides a useful perspective and is clear that the Trinity is a fundamental doctrine that we cannot be without.

  2. 5 out of 5

    John Onwuchekwa

    Incredible. Insightful. Never have those two words been such an understatement. This is the gold standard for what theology books should do and be. Simple. Clear. Profound. Accessible. Inspiring. Witty. WELL-WRITTEN.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Wilson

    A winsome introduction to basic Christian thinking. Very enjoyable.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    BEST book of 2012 Despite the efforts of the historical creeds and confessions, there remains massive confusion on the goodness and triune nature of God as taught in scripture. It's easy to seem coldly impersonal when discussing the Trinity, but this book shows how to remain theologically precise and warmly personal as we should be. "This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all." (1 Jn. 1:5) BEST book of 2012 Despite the efforts of the historical creeds and confessions, there remains massive confusion on the goodness and triune nature of God as taught in scripture. It's easy to seem coldly impersonal when discussing the Trinity, but this book shows how to remain theologically precise and warmly personal as we should be. "This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all." (1 Jn. 1:5)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    First thoughts: Whoa. Just whoa. Further thoughts, a week later: I once thought that (to use Michael Reeves' own words) the Trinity was a strange "appendage" or "awkward math," useful only for those who were super into deep theological debates. Reeves has utterly convinced me that the Trinity is the foundation of everything I enjoy in my faith: that it is essential, and that it is SO, SO GOOD. That being said, it is hard to wrap my head around. Like C. S. Lewis says in Mere Christianity, I'm like a First thoughts: Whoa. Just whoa. Further thoughts, a week later: I once thought that (to use Michael Reeves' own words) the Trinity was a strange "appendage" or "awkward math," useful only for those who were super into deep theological debates. Reeves has utterly convinced me that the Trinity is the foundation of everything I enjoy in my faith: that it is essential, and that it is SO, SO GOOD. That being said, it is hard to wrap my head around. Like C. S. Lewis says in Mere Christianity, I'm like a two-dimensional personality trying to understand a three-dimensional one. After reading the chapter about what God was doing before creation, I was still struggling to understand, and I said to myself, "Mmmmmaybe this book is like one of those board games where you have to actually play a few rounds in order to understand the basics." Good news: it was! By the end of the book, and several re-reads of the "Before Creation" chapter later, I may still not fully understand the Trinity itself, but I do delight in the Trinity. Mission accomplished. My friend Denham is right in his observation that this book is almost like a Trinity apologetics course. Reeves consistently loves to show how the universe and the Gospel as we know it only make sense with Trinitarian theology. I also discovered that I, too, was often living under more of a "single-person" God model than the true Trinitarian God. If you struggle with believing God finds you disappointing or trivial, if you've ever thought the word "task-master" about Him or the word "pawn" about yourself, if you have a hard time believing that the king of the universe loves you specifically, you may benefit from this book as much as I did. I will also add this: Reeves is delightful. He's charming and understandable (as much as one can be about the Trinity). He not only knows church history, but he also LOVES church history like I've never seen anyone love church history before. So throughout the book, you get these text boxes distilling a famous moment or debate within church history, often with a fun image, which gives the book the feel of an excited professor giving a presentation that he is super stoked about. I have already had cause to think of this book's teaching as a source of comfort several times a week since I finished it. I think it will continue to inform and enrich my life for a long while.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Samuel James

    This is a spectacular little book that will transform how you think of being a Christian. I have to admit that for most of my Christian life I have not thought of God in very trinitarian terms. As I suspect is true of others, my main "visualization" of Christianity has been the loving Son appeasing the wrath of a gracious but upset Father. The Holy Spirit....does something. What a tragedy! This book laid out in irresistibly clear terms why the Trinity doesn't just matter, but matters ultimately. This is a spectacular little book that will transform how you think of being a Christian. I have to admit that for most of my Christian life I have not thought of God in very trinitarian terms. As I suspect is true of others, my main "visualization" of Christianity has been the loving Son appeasing the wrath of a gracious but upset Father. The Holy Spirit....does something. What a tragedy! This book laid out in irresistibly clear terms why the Trinity doesn't just matter, but matters ultimately. There is simply nothing truer of God than the reality that He is triune. And this reality is nothing less than a fountain of self-giving love that circulates in the nature of God and that his children, by grace, are caught up into. Reeves is such a meekly captivating writer. His British wit and conversational tone make this book feel like a delightful and rich sermon that fills up the heart to go and know and love God and others. This book is an absolute treasure: filled with clear theology, faithful exposition of Scripture, and a lot of Christian history. I cannot recommend this enough. Put it by your bed and read a few pages at night and you'll wake up worshiping.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Allie Osborn

    Essential.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Josiah

    Wow!!! This book was sooo good. Completely changed the way I view the Trinity. I thought of the Trinity as a cold and complex doctrine instead of a rich, warm, and relational reality of our God. This has huge implications for how I worship God and live in relationship with him and others! Highly recommend!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Paul Elliott

    Short and to the point, but oh so meaty. Reeves serves as a guide, taking readers on a journey to see why it’s so important (and beautiful) that God is three persons. A few key takeaways: a singular God wouldn’t have any fellowship/love to invite others into (but the triune God does!), creation is an overflow of the Father’s eternal love of the Son, and God has ALWAYS poured himself out for another. I intend to chew on this one for quite some time!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Caleb Castro

    Delighting in the Trinity focuses on precisely what its title implies: this is a book about the love found within the relationship of the Godhead, how this love is emulated by believers through the Holy Spirit, and why it is central to Christianity. Not so much an intensive apologetic as it is an emphatic exhibition of the significance of the Trinity, Reeves actively engages the reader in a vigorous dialogue replete with profound insights, concise exposition, an overview of the doctrine's histor Delighting in the Trinity focuses on precisely what its title implies: this is a book about the love found within the relationship of the Godhead, how this love is emulated by believers through the Holy Spirit, and why it is central to Christianity. Not so much an intensive apologetic as it is an emphatic exhibition of the significance of the Trinity, Reeves actively engages the reader in a vigorous dialogue replete with profound insights, concise exposition, an overview of the doctrine's history, and bursts of witty humor. Above all, it is short and easy-to-read; perfect as supplemental reading. Highly recommended to both new and old believers.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Leah Batchelor

    Fantastic writing, wittingly and convincingly unpacking big subjects! I have read this alongside Gentle and Lowly and am struck by the compliment and similarities. This may be a book to revisit every couple of years.

  12. 5 out of 5

    lizzie

    one of my favorite books read this year thus far. the trinity is so beautiful. and it matters.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julia Ford

    This is best kind of book—it will fill your head with deep truths about God in a way that will stir your heart to worship. Reeves shows why the triune nature of God is both necessary and beautiful, and I was truly driven to delight in the Trinity on every page. I’m walking away with a deeper love and reverence for the truth that God is 3 in 1. I can’t recommend this book highly enough!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Audrey Jost

    I was soul-hungry for this book. It was on my reading list for a while, and now I wonder why I didn't read it sooner. It opened my understanding so much about WHO this amazing, loving, Triune God is, and why this doctrine of the Trinity isn't just a weird, incomprehensible mystery or dry abstraction. It is the very heartbeat of Christianity, the glorious center and source of our LIFE! Your view of God shapes you in the most profound way. Make sure you have a true view of Him! I am grateful for t I was soul-hungry for this book. It was on my reading list for a while, and now I wonder why I didn't read it sooner. It opened my understanding so much about WHO this amazing, loving, Triune God is, and why this doctrine of the Trinity isn't just a weird, incomprehensible mystery or dry abstraction. It is the very heartbeat of Christianity, the glorious center and source of our LIFE! Your view of God shapes you in the most profound way. Make sure you have a true view of Him! I am grateful for this book, and highly recommend it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    David Harris

    Absolutely terrific.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mookie J

    Everyone raves about this book. And they are right. One of my favorite quotes "Our love for the Son is then an echo and extenstenion of the Father's eternal love for the Son... through the Spirit the Father allows us to share in the enjoyment of what most delights Him - His Son!(emphasis added)" It was His overwhelming love for His Son which inspired Him to create us in the first place. ... this is the heartbeat of what it means to be godly to be like God. It is why Jesus says 'If God were your Fath Everyone raves about this book. And they are right. One of my favorite quotes "Our love for the Son is then an echo and extenstenion of the Father's eternal love for the Son... through the Spirit the Father allows us to share in the enjoyment of what most delights Him - His Son!(emphasis added)" It was His overwhelming love for His Son which inspired Him to create us in the first place. ... this is the heartbeat of what it means to be godly to be like God. It is why Jesus says 'If God were your Father, you would love me' (John 8:42). The Father's very identity consists in His love for the Son and so when we love the Son, we reflect what is most characteristic about the Father." And another (same chapter) "naturally our lives our guided and controlled by love for the world. What can we do? Resolve to do better? Try to convince ourselves the world is not really so alluring after all? No. he said, that is altogether incompetent and ineffectual for nobody can disposess the heart of an old affection but by the expulsive power of a new one. We cannot choose what we love, but always love what seems most desirable to us. Thus we will only change what we love when something proves itself to be more desirable to us than what we already love. I will then, always love sin and the world until I truly sense Christ is better. And this is what the Spirit does in us: He makes us taset & see that the Lord is good, supremely good, and thus He causes us to desire Him."

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ben Clausen

    We’ve all sat outside on a day too cold for shade but just right in the sun. This book served for me as a parting of the clouds, a clearer revealing of the sun’s radiant beams, warming my skin. I was reminded of a simple but profound truth by Reeves: the Christian belief that God is Trinity stands not as some problem doctrine to wistfully explain away and sweep under the rug, but as our best apologetic, in fact. The fact that God is Three brings light and understanding to all facets of his exist We’ve all sat outside on a day too cold for shade but just right in the sun. This book served for me as a parting of the clouds, a clearer revealing of the sun’s radiant beams, warming my skin. I was reminded of a simple but profound truth by Reeves: the Christian belief that God is Trinity stands not as some problem doctrine to wistfully explain away and sweep under the rug, but as our best apologetic, in fact. The fact that God is Three brings light and understanding to all facets of his existence, including his love, glory, and even wrath. God is far more wonderful than I have ever known, and certainly far more wonderful than I will ever know. How great a privilege that he lets us try!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Reeves did a good job writing for the lay person and through this book, my faith has been deeply strengthened. How can you define the trinity? An egg, a four-leaf clover? All these don't even reach the depth of importance of the trinity and I have realised what an incredible God we serve through this read. He did well by taking out the most important aspects of the trinity to teach, but the book wasn't a boring read. There were plenty of fun history snippets on the pages between to hold your att Reeves did a good job writing for the lay person and through this book, my faith has been deeply strengthened. How can you define the trinity? An egg, a four-leaf clover? All these don't even reach the depth of importance of the trinity and I have realised what an incredible God we serve through this read. He did well by taking out the most important aspects of the trinity to teach, but the book wasn't a boring read. There were plenty of fun history snippets on the pages between to hold your attention. Sometimes he wrote in a way that made me feel inadequate, but overall I liked his voice and the book. I would highly recommend.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kendall Davis

    This is probably one of the best books I'll read this year. Reeves has opened my eyes to see how God being trinitarian is utterly essential to the entire Christian faith. In a real sense, everything from Creation to the incarnation to redemption make no sense if God is not trinitarian. Everyone should read this book. This is probably one of the best books I'll read this year. Reeves has opened my eyes to see how God being trinitarian is utterly essential to the entire Christian faith. In a real sense, everything from Creation to the incarnation to redemption make no sense if God is not trinitarian. Everyone should read this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Josh Quesenberry

    Extremely thought provoking and insightful. It has caused me to view God differently, specifically his characteristics in light of his triune nature. I didn’t expect to learn as much as I did. The basic truths that are taught in this book are fundamental but often neglected in the modern church. Highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to know God better.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Curtis

    Best “feet on the ground” theology book I’ve read in a while. Reeves brings the doctrine of the Trinity out of theoretical land and applies its most basic principles to the everyday, real life of the believer. Excellent and accessible; I wish more theology books were like this.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jake Burlaga

    Wonderful read, Reeves stresses the necessity to be thinking more Trinitarian in our lives. He explains how God must exist in a trinity, and how God’s love can only make sense in an eternal fellowship with the Son and the Spirit. This is a super paperback and it is one of the best Christian books I’ve read. Very clear and the ideas are explained clearly.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Most spiritually stirring book I've read this year so far. Full of truth that delighted my heart in God's astounding love within the Trinity and beyond. I hope if you're a Christian, that you will read this book and find it so. I hope if you are not a Christian, that you will read this book and discover that the God of the Bible is better than you ever dreamed. Most spiritually stirring book I've read this year so far. Full of truth that delighted my heart in God's astounding love within the Trinity and beyond. I hope if you're a Christian, that you will read this book and find it so. I hope if you are not a Christian, that you will read this book and discover that the God of the Bible is better than you ever dreamed.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Pindak

    One of the best books I have read! Reeves points to the loving relational essence of Who God is in His trinititarian nature. Reading this book has revealed of my the holes in my theology and perception of God and reminded me that He is Love- Father, Son and Spirit 💛 so good. Rereadable for sure.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brian Pate

    Amazing. Every Christian should read this book. Because God is a Trinity, he is of necessity loving and outgoing. The love of the Trinity is so full that it overflows and invites God's people to participate in it. And as we become more like God, we too will be more loving and life-giving. "Far, far from theological clutter, God's being Father, Son and Spirit is just what makes the Christian life beautiful" (102). Amazing. Every Christian should read this book. Because God is a Trinity, he is of necessity loving and outgoing. The love of the Trinity is so full that it overflows and invites God's people to participate in it. And as we become more like God, we too will be more loving and life-giving. "Far, far from theological clutter, God's being Father, Son and Spirit is just what makes the Christian life beautiful" (102).

  26. 5 out of 5

    Samuel Kassing

    This was a fun read! Reeves is a great writer and his book on the trinity shows why the doctrine is beautiful and practical. I will be recommending this book again and again because of that and because it is accessible.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gavin McGrath

    I enjoyed this book. Trinity must shape all our theology. Reeves helpfully shows this. I experienced, however, some frustrations. At times, to be honest, I wasn't sure where I the reader was in his argument. Perhaps, this was my deficiency. On the other hand, there were points when I would have liked a tighter and more disciplined order. I also found some of the assumptions/presuppositions lacking -- even if I agreed. For example, Reeves juxtaposes a Single-god with the Triune God. I thought thi I enjoyed this book. Trinity must shape all our theology. Reeves helpfully shows this. I experienced, however, some frustrations. At times, to be honest, I wasn't sure where I the reader was in his argument. Perhaps, this was my deficiency. On the other hand, there were points when I would have liked a tighter and more disciplined order. I also found some of the assumptions/presuppositions lacking -- even if I agreed. For example, Reeves juxtaposes a Single-god with the Triune God. I thought this is a good point but then Reeves makes sweeping statements about the single-god without strong support. (I agree with him but wanted weightier support) I would have benefitted from Reeves showing me that the Johanine material isn't the only source for seeing the intimacy between the Trinity. (Again, I agree with this conclusion but wanted further support) A minor quibble: which probably is more a reflection of me but I did find some of the informal asides jarring in the midst of deep theology. Yet, my frustrations aside this is indeed (as another reviewer put it) paradigm shifting. To think and yes, Delight (see Jonathan Edwards),in the Trinity is life-giving! Thank you Mike Reeves.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Rogers

    This short book thrills with the beauty of God, and it brought me out of a blank-stare, shoulder-shrug theology of the Trinity. "Delighting in the Trinity" ought to be held up among the other classics of Christian nonfiction: "Confessions," "Orthodoxy," "Mere Christianity," etc. Reeves demonstrates not only why the Trinity is not a liability, but why it is actually the main reason why the Christian God works where other gods fail. I love that this book doesn't settle merely for bringing the read This short book thrills with the beauty of God, and it brought me out of a blank-stare, shoulder-shrug theology of the Trinity. "Delighting in the Trinity" ought to be held up among the other classics of Christian nonfiction: "Confessions," "Orthodoxy," "Mere Christianity," etc. Reeves demonstrates not only why the Trinity is not a liability, but why it is actually the main reason why the Christian God works where other gods fail. I love that this book doesn't settle merely for bringing the reader to an academic understanding of the Trinity; this book is about "delighting" in the Trinity. Reeves revels in the beauty and joy that can only come from the trinitarian God. "Delighting in the Trinity" is funny, easy to read, practical, deep, and stands to be life-changing. This is required reading for Christians.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Russ

    This book offered helpful reflection on the implications of the Trinity for other fundamental aspects of Christian doctrine. E.g., if God is eternally love, he must also be eternally in community in a way a Unitarian view of God does not equip us for. However, not all arguments were argued from scripture. Much of it was a matter of what ‘makes sense’ to the author (or historical theologians), which is helpful to a degree, but also limited when addressing a concept as paradoxical as the 3-in-1 na This book offered helpful reflection on the implications of the Trinity for other fundamental aspects of Christian doctrine. E.g., if God is eternally love, he must also be eternally in community in a way a Unitarian view of God does not equip us for. However, not all arguments were argued from scripture. Much of it was a matter of what ‘makes sense’ to the author (or historical theologians), which is helpful to a degree, but also limited when addressing a concept as paradoxical as the 3-in-1 nature of God. Needs to be more explicitly rooted in the Bible to be truly compelling.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This book definitely helped clarify some confusion I have always had about the Trinity and offered new perspectives around the creation and prayer which had never crossed my mind. It was very repetitive and went in circles drumming the same points throughout the entire book but one thing is for sure, that helps remember what the whole point is, that only a triune God can love, have fellowship, share and spread love, beauty, holiness and glory.

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