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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. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Wilson

    A winsome introduction to basic Christian thinking. Very enjoyable.

  3. 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.

  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)

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    David J. Harris

    Absolutely terrific.

  13. 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).

  14. 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.

  15. 4 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brian

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    4.5 stars. Just reading the Introduction made me want to finish the book. In a couple of the chapters, some paragraphs felt a bit repetitive. Reeves does an excellent job of helping the reader understand the importance of learning about the nature of God and the impact of that on the Christian life. From the Introduction: “Thus, to read this book is not to play an intellectual game. In fact, we will see that the triune nature of this God affects everything from how we listen to music to how we p 4.5 stars. Just reading the Introduction made me want to finish the book. In a couple of the chapters, some paragraphs felt a bit repetitive. Reeves does an excellent job of helping the reader understand the importance of learning about the nature of God and the impact of that on the Christian life. From the Introduction: “Thus, to read this book is not to play an intellectual game. In fact, we will see that the triune nature of this God affects everything from how we listen to music to how we pray; it makes for happier marriages, warmer dealings with others, better church life; it gives Christian assurance, shapes holiness and transforms the very way we look at the world around us. No exaggeration: the knowledge of this God turns lives around.”

  21. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. This is the best book I have ever read on the Trinity and possibly one of the best Christian books I have ever read. Reeves clearly describes the concept of the Trinity. He shows us how only a Trinitarian God is a loving God. He shows us how central the doctrine of the trinity is to our faith and that it shouldn’t be something that is kept at the edges of our beliefs just because we find it hard to explain. This book did actually cause me to d If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. This is the best book I have ever read on the Trinity and possibly one of the best Christian books I have ever read. Reeves clearly describes the concept of the Trinity. He shows us how only a Trinitarian God is a loving God. He shows us how central the doctrine of the trinity is to our faith and that it shouldn’t be something that is kept at the edges of our beliefs just because we find it hard to explain. This book did actually cause me to delight in the trinity. This kind of insight and ability to teach a doctrine with such clarity is rare. To actually make the reader see things more clearly and cause them to worship is even rarer. I’ll sum up with a quote; ‘So next time you look up at the sun, moon and stars and wonder, remember: they are there because God loves, because the Father’s love for the Son burst out that it might be enjoyed by many. And they remain there only because God does not stop loving. He is an attentive Father who numbers every hair on our heads, for whom the fall of every sparrow matters; and out of love he upholds all things through his Son, and breathes out natural life on all through his Spirit.’

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I remember facing an uncomfortable tension many years back while studying pre-calculus (math is not my forte). Everything discussed in the class was absolutely foreign to me--from the symbols being used to the professor himself, who danced around the chalkboard as if these complex formulas were poetry to his heart. I, however, work better with words, not numbers! The tension was between not understanding the subject and the nagging feeling that it was important to learn. So there I sat, wrestlin I remember facing an uncomfortable tension many years back while studying pre-calculus (math is not my forte). Everything discussed in the class was absolutely foreign to me--from the symbols being used to the professor himself, who danced around the chalkboard as if these complex formulas were poetry to his heart. I, however, work better with words, not numbers! The tension was between not understanding the subject and the nagging feeling that it was important to learn. So there I sat, wrestling with concepts I couldn't grasp, hoping they would eventually sink in. But they never did. So I relegated most forms of math to the back of my brain, assuming that if I'm ever required to use derivatives, referring to the calculator on my iPhone will suffice. As it turns out, I've discovered that life is full of equations that bewilder my smart-phone. So, what does this have to do with a review of a book on God? What I just described is how many deal with the doctrine of the Trinity, Christianity's basic belief in a God who exists in three persons. We sense that it's an important doctrine to believe, but we may not necessarily know why we believe it, or why it matters. So as I did with pre-calculus, we put the doctrine of the Trinity on the shelf where it won't bother us, but can be easily accessible in case an angel of the Lord drops in to give us a theological pop-quiz. But there is good news! Michael Reeves writes Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith to confirm that our intuition is at least half correct. It is an important doctrine, for "what makes Christianity absolutely distinct is the identity of our God" (15). But it can also be thoroughly enjoyed. In fact, Reeves will make his case that the doctrine of the Trinity is worth pulling off the dusty shelf to gaze at for a while. The first two sections are worth the price of the book alone. In the introduction, Reeves explains that the essence of the Trinity is the source of everything Christian you will ever experience, declaring that "what we assume would be a dull or peculiar irrelevance turns out to be the source of all that is good in Christianity. Neither a problem nor a technicality,  the triune being of God is the vital oxygen of Christian life and joy" (18). And it's this hope that Reeves uncoils through the rest of the book. Having a knowledgable professor (King's College) write on a weighty topic with a young audience in mind seems to give the book a pleasant feel. Reeves keeps the jargon at a distance, choosing to wrestle only with concepts that satiate the average reader's appetite for who God is. His writing style is sprinkled with a charming vernacular not ordinarily found in a subject of this girth. For example, he refers to the doctrine of the Trinity as a "perplexing dish" (12), a "vital oxygen" (18), and "delicious" (96). One of my favorite aspects of this book is that Reeves wrestles with your affections, as well as your intellect. But don't think this book is only for the young believer. Though Delighting in the Trinity is winsome, it is imbued with a robust theology spanning a panoramic view of church history, ranging everywhere from the Athanasian creed to Martin Luther, from ecclesiastical developments, to vignettes of past saints. Chapter one is a beautifully crafted doxology. If Reeves desires to persuade you in the introduction, his main intent in this chapter is to thrill you. He moves you past the necessity of believing in the Trinity to wondering how your communion with God ever got along without such a potent view! Interacting with God the Father and God the Son, he tackles the themes of life they affect, from childhood issues and broken relationships to our longing for something more. The rest of the book is filled with the personal interactions between each Trinitarian Person, where Reeves devotes one chapter to each. This is followed by a treatment of inevitable misunderstandings that are typical when talking about God, such as the reason for evil, and whether God is just in displaying his wrath. Throughout his writing, Reeves never assumes the reader will capitulate to his viewpoints, but carefully navigates his convictions using clever analogies, conditional statements, and sound logic, all of which is done with tremendous compassion. The book concludes as succinctly as it began, with an intellectually honest appeal to consider the object of your worship. If you are a Christ-follower, or are thinking about becoming one, this is a fine introduction to Christianity's most enduring tenet: "So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God; and yet they are not three God's, but one God." (Athanasian Creed, 15-16) Get your copy on Amazon!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marla O'Fallon

    “So next time you look up at the sun, moon and stars and wonder, remember: they are there because God loves, because the Father’s love for the Son burst out that it might be enjoyed by many. And they remain there only because God does not stop loving. He is an attentive Father who numbers every hair on our heads, for whom the fall of every sparrow matters; and out of love he upholds all things through his Son, and breathes out natural life on all through his Spirit.”

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Ray

    A fantastic little book. Clear, simple without being simplistic, and saturated with awe of and worship of the triune God. Reeves casts a positive vision (not just "the Trinity is *not* x, y, or z) of the Trinity while discussing how this distinctly Christian doctrine impacts how we understand God and how we live that understanding out in obedience to him. Highly, highly recommended.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anne Sostok

    A must read for anyone and everyone. A book that causes its reader to slow down and truly consider the picture of the God of the Bible he or she has painted in their mind. This book rekindled the love of a daughter to her outward-focused, giving-out-of-his-own-love Father. It tore down walls I had built up and brought about celebration with confession and encouragement!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Caleb Batchelor

    Wow. That was sweet.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jason Herrington

    This was a joyful & worshipful reminder of the importance of understanding God as trinity. This was a joyful & worshipful reminder of the importance of understanding God as trinity.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dana Vaden

    Every Christian should read this book. The ideas present in it shifted my own feelings from gratitude to deeper love for my Savior, Jesus, and the Father who begets him in love, and the Spirit who is in the process of making me new. Reeves does a good job of vividly illustrating powerful arguments that illicit delight in our triune God and reveal essential qualities that make Him distinct.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Poteet

    This is a great book to read and to grow in your delight of the Trinity. Great insights. Historical snippets that greatly enhance the chapters. A delightful book!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Becky Pliego

    Beautiful. Deep. Easy to read. Loved it.

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