Book Review: Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves

Book Review: Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves

by: Andy Cooley

posted on: Feb 16, 2017

If you read one book this year, let it be this one. Now, a book on the Trinity might sound like a stuffy theology book to you. But the concept of the Trinity is not just for pastors and theologians—it’s the very keystone of our faith. In his powerful and punchy book, Delighting in the Trinity, Michael Reeves explains that it’s because we worship a triune God that everything else about our faith is possible.

From the beginning, God has been in loving community between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This community is the source of everything for us—the reason why we love others, why we practice our faith in community, why we can become more like Christ.

Throughout the book, Reeves juxtaposes the difference between what a single, individual deity is like with our own three-in-one God. Too often we are vague in our thinking about God. It’s easier to just say “God is one” and leave it at that. But if we put forth the effort we will realize that the Trinity changes everything, not only about what we believe, but also of how we act. “Strip down God and make him lean and you must strip down his salvation and make it mean. Instead of a life bursting with love, joy and fellowship, all you would be left with is the watery gruel of religion. Instead of a loving Father, a distant potentate; instead of fellowship, contract.”

This is not a self-help book. It doesn’t give instructions on how to live a pure life, or how to become more like Jesus. It does focus our gaze wonderfully on the three-in-one God. And the more time we spend looking on His face and character—the more we let the Trinity seep into our souls—the more we will find the love, joy, and true community with God and each other that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have had from the beginning. That’s certainly worth spending a couple hours with a dusty theologian’s book.

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