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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. 4 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. 4 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. 5 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. 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!

  8. 5 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!

  9. 4 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    lizzie

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

  12. 4 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 5 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.

  15. 5 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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Hunter

    PERSONAL STORY WARNING! I graduated from Duke University Divinity School in 2004 with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree. Ordination as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church followed in 2009. Since my primary ministry setting has been as Executive Director or President of human services-linked nonprofits, I've never served exclusively in a local church setting. Not surprisingly, my theological commitment and understanding waned over time due to innocent neglect. Recently, I've become more pas PERSONAL STORY WARNING! I graduated from Duke University Divinity School in 2004 with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree. Ordination as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church followed in 2009. Since my primary ministry setting has been as Executive Director or President of human services-linked nonprofits, I've never served exclusively in a local church setting. Not surprisingly, my theological commitment and understanding waned over time due to innocent neglect. Recently, I've become more passionate about studying Christian theology. I crave a deeper relationship with God. I won't claim John Wesley's "heart strangely warmed" experience for myself, but there's something happening at my core that's not acid reflux related! In response, I've started boning up on Christian theology and philosophy once again. I've encountered two amazing books thus far - Abraham Kuyper's Lectures on Calvinism and Michael Reeves' Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith. Both kick ass. Here's Reeves' description of his book's purpose:[T]he truth is that God is love because God is a Trinity. This book, then, will simply be 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. For it is only when you grasp what it means for God to be a Trinity that you really sense the beauty, the overflowing kindness, the heart-grabbing loveliness of God. If the Trinity were something we could shave off God, we would not be relieving him of some irksome weight; we would be shearing him of precisely what is so delightful about him. For God is triune, and it is as triune that he is so good and desirable.I'm in! Reeves doesn't give us a "how to" manual; he wants to help us know God. I'm happy to proclaim Reeves a success! I loved this book, and plan to reread it often. Depending on the reader, the repetitive nature of Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith might detract from the reading experience. I'm a fan of repetition in worship and the Psalms, which helped me enjoy the verse-and-chorus-like rhythm of the text. And depending on where you are in your life journey, I might even dare to say this bad boy could change your worldview. Give it a try!

  17. 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.

  18. 5 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    David J. Harris

    Absolutely terrific.

  20. 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).

  21. 4 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 4 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.

  24. 4 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mark Jr.

    Really enjoyable. A unique book stylistically—fairly casual. But theologically rich and frequently insightful. I got the same basic ideas from The Pleasures of God years ago, and Piper is probably more exegetically rigorous than Reeves. But both books are worth reading.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Maybe the best book I've read this year. Excellent. Maybe the best book I've read this year. Excellent.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    One of the best Christian books I have ever read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Matthew A A.

    Well written, accessible accessible introduction to the doctrine of the Trinity

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    I'll admit, I only picked this one up because it was one of the free books on offer for joining IVP's book club. The title was a little boring, but okay, fine, it's a new book, and I'll read it. WOW. There are some books that even as you read them, you understand how paradigm shifting they are, and this is one of them. It feels a little like a good mystery: all the clues were there, had you chosen to follow them. The revelation isn't something introduced in the last five minutes; it's the result o I'll admit, I only picked this one up because it was one of the free books on offer for joining IVP's book club. The title was a little boring, but okay, fine, it's a new book, and I'll read it. WOW. There are some books that even as you read them, you understand how paradigm shifting they are, and this is one of them. It feels a little like a good mystery: all the clues were there, had you chosen to follow them. The revelation isn't something introduced in the last five minutes; it's the result of an overwhelming build up of evidence. Here, in synthesizing Scripture and church history, Reeves creates a portrait of the Trinity as absolutely central to the Christian faith. And it's a compelling portrait. "Delight" makes sense. The subtitle of the book is "an introduction to the Christian faith," and that is apt. It's clear and engaging enough that it could serve as an introduction to someone new to the faith. But it can also serve as a reintroduction even to seasoned believers. This is a book I intend to reread and pass on.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Justin Orman

    Michael Reeves’ book ‘Delighting in the Trinity’ might sound uninteresting - what could be more boring than a book about an irrelevant, hair-splitting point of doctrine? - but it was for me one of the most beneficial, rich, and uplifting books I’ve ever read. I would rate it 6* if I could. The subtitle of this book is ‘An introduction to the Christian Faith’. This is an accurate title: Answering fundamental questions like ‘Who is God and what is he like? Why is he three persons?’ etc. this book Michael Reeves’ book ‘Delighting in the Trinity’ might sound uninteresting - what could be more boring than a book about an irrelevant, hair-splitting point of doctrine? - but it was for me one of the most beneficial, rich, and uplifting books I’ve ever read. I would rate it 6* if I could. The subtitle of this book is ‘An introduction to the Christian Faith’. This is an accurate title: Answering fundamental questions like ‘Who is God and what is he like? Why is he three persons?’ etc. this book is remarkably relevant and instructive on the basics of the faith. Far from being a negative, I would say this book is just as important for the seasoned pastor as it is for the new believer, the average church-goer, and especially the believer struggling with their faith. Read it. Learn from it. It will be balm to your soul.

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