Book Review: Delighting in the Trinity

Delighting in the Trinity
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Review by Tim Challies.  It’s a feeling every reader knows and loves, and perhaps especially the reader of theology. It is the feeling that comes as you read a book and find yourself thinking “This could change everything.”  There are some books that go straight to what you think you know, to what you are so sure of, to what you’ve so carefully constructed.  These books begin to pull all your preconceived notions apart and to replace them with something that is so much better, so much loftier, and so much more worthy of God.  Michael Reeves’ “Delighting in the Trinity” has been one of those books to me. After ten pages I was hooked, after twenty I was reeling, and after fifty I knew I would have to go back and read it all again.

I have read several books on the Trinity in the past and have always enjoyed reading them. James White’s “The Forgotten Trinity” and Bruce Ware’s “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” are biblical, systematic and powerful.  I’ve read them, benefited from them, and often recommended them and I will continue to do so.  Yet, the unique angle–and unique beauty–of “Delighting in the Trinity” is that it looks less at a concept and more at a relationship, less at a doctrine and more at the persons of the godhead. It is, at heart, an introduction to the Christian faith and that convinces the Christian that his life must at all times be rooted in the triunity of God. All that God is, and all that God does, flows out of his triunity. It is the essential Christian doctrine. Reeves says that his book is 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 of God, we would not be relieving God 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.  Reeve’s says,

Indeed, in the triune God is the love behind all love, the life behind all life, the music behind all music, the beauty behind all beauty and the joy behind all joy. In other words, in the triune God is a God we can heartily enjoy—and enjoy in and through his creation.” – Michael Reeves

And so, this book is about delighting in the Trinity not as a theological construct, but as the very essence, the very joy, of the Christian faith. The Trinity is not merely a doctrine that separates Christianity from the other religions of the world, but a doctrine that describes the reality of the God who is. While Reeves deals with one of the most unfathomable of all doctrines–one we can understand only to a limited degree–the book never becomes dense; what’s more, Reeves infuses the book with a droll, cheeky sense of humor. It’s a perfect tone.

I am hard pressed to think of a book I’ve highlighted so heavily, a book that has impacted me so immediately, and a book which I am so eager to read again so quickly. I give this one my absolute highest recommendation.

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