Books about theology are not known for their humor, but Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves is an exception! I found myself smiling and even laughing aloud as I read it. The back cover content calls it “witty, lively, conversational, accessible,” but it also says it is a “rich and enjoyable portrayal of the basic beliefs of Christianity that opens up the profound and life-changing truths of our faith.”
I couldn’t agree more. To give you just a feel for the book (and to tempt you to get and read it for yourselves), I’m going to share the first two paragraphs of Reeves’ introduction—and then I might have to share just a few more quotes (I underlined a LOT in this book!).
“’God is love’: those three words could hardly be more bouncy. They seem lively, lovely and as warming as a crackling fire. But ‘God is Trinity’? no, hardly the same effect: that just sounds cold and stodgy. All quite understandable, but the aim of this book is to stop the madness. Yes, the Trinity can be presented as a fusty and irrelevant dogma, but the 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 as triune that he is so good and desirable.” (page 9)
Can’t resist! Four more quotes:
“Here is a God who is not essentially lonely, but who has been loving for all eternity as the Father has loved the Son in the Spirit. Loving others is not a strange or novel thing for this God at all: it is at the root of who he is.” (page 41)
“…the Father sent his Son to make himself known—meaning not that he wanted simply to download some information about himself, but that the love the Father eternally had for the Son might be in those who believe in him, and that we might enjoy the Son as the Father always has. Here, then, is a salvation no single-person God could offer even if they wanted to: the Father so delights in his eternal love for the Son that he desires to share it with all who will believe. Ultimately, the Father sent the Son because the Father so loved the Son—and wanted to share that love and fellowship.” (pages 69-70)
“The Spirit of the Father and the Son would never be interested in merely empowering us to ‘do good.’ His desire (which is the desire of the Father and the Son) is to bring us to such a hearty enjoyment of God through Christ that we delight to know him, that we delight in all his ways, and that therefore we want to do as he wants and we hate the thought of ever grieving him.” (pages 101-102)
“For Christ is the Word of God. Without him we would be ‘blinder than moles,’ never dreaming of how fatherly God is. But the Spirit-breathed Scriptures proclaim him as the radiance of his Father, the only one who can share with us the true life of knowing, loving and being loved by his Father.” (page 84)
Interested? Did I mention it’s fairly short? 130 pages. Did I mention it has pictures? It does! And sidebars of fun, “extra” information? Yep! It’s available as a paperback of ebook at Christianbook.com.
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Really makes me want to read it, but I am spending too much on books right now. Ha! Lyn
Hey! I just bought another one myself! So many books-so little time! (so I bought the audio counterpart so I can listen to it during all my hours in the car!)