Book Review: Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves

Say the word “Trinity” and unfortunately most Christians roll their eyes. When the formula for understanding the Trinity is 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 violates every math principle you ever learned that doesn’t help either. Add to that mix items that theologians have wrestled with over the years that led to the Athanasian Creed (which sounds more like a legal brief than a statement of faith), you begin to see why people check out when Trinity is mentioned.

Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves is an invitation to check back in, and you will be glad you did. Reeves deals with the issue in every day language that leads one to embrace the Trinity as a Community of Love not a dry doctrine of years ago.

He uses the best of writers throughout the ages to delve into the topic, yet he does so with language that does not require a seminary degree. His introduction to the Christian faith is strong on love and strong on the parameters of what Trinity means and doesn’t mean.

Familiar analogies that are often used God is like H2O — ice, water, steam is shown when pushed to its logical conclusion as the heresy of modalism where God simply wears different hats.

There’s St. Patrick and the 3 parts of the 1 shamrock that comes chops God up into pieces instead of persons, and even more leaves him with an impersonal feel.

Best of all Reeves delves into the implications of the three in one community of this Triune God that affirms who God is and gives a glimpse that the mystery of the Trinity reveals. He does all that with a bit of wit, a dash of historical flair, and  a lot of humility.

I give Delighting in the Trinity 5 out of 5 stars. This is a great book for Christians who want to better understand the God they believe in and grow in their relationship with Him. For non-Christians this provides an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the basics of the Christian faith and a look at the Christian God.


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