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Why is God love? Because God is a Trinity.

Why can we be saved? Because God is a Trinity.

How are we able to live the Christian life? Through the Trinity.

In this lively book, we find an introduction to Christianity and the Christian life that is from start to finish rooted in our triune God--Father, Son and Spirit. Not only do we understand the person and work of Christ through the Trinity, but also prayer, the church and every aspect of our faith.

With wit and clarity, Reeves draws from church history down to the present referencing a wide range of notable teachers and preachers. Here is a rich and enjoyable portrayal of the basic beliefs of Christianity that opens up the profound and life-changing truths of our faith.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2012
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ISBN: 0830839836
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2012 Preaching Survey of the Year's Best Books for Preachers Why is God love? Because God is a Trinity. Why can we be saved? Because God is a Trinity. How are we able to live the Christian life? Through the Trinity. In this lively book, we find an introduction to Christianity and the Christian life that is from start to finish rooted in our triune God—Father, Son and Spirit. Not only do we understand the person and work of Christ through the Trinity, but also prayer, the church and every aspect of our faith. With wit and clarity, Reeves draws from church history down to the present referencing a wide range of notable teachers and preachers. Here is a rich and enjoyable portrayal of the basic beliefs of Christianity that opens up the profound and life-changing truths of our faith.

Author Bio

Michael Reeves (PhD, King's College) is an author, theologian, historian and professor who teaches at Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST) and is the director of Union, a WEST initiative that puts the theological academy back in the local church context. He previously served as theological adviser for the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship in the United Kingdom where he oversaw the Theology Network, a theological resources website. He was also associate minister at All Souls Church, Langham Place. Reeves is the author of books such as and He has also written numerous articles for publications including and He and his wife Bethan have two daughters.

Endorsements

This is a great little book. Where it makes a distinctive contribution is in the focus on the Trinity as key to undergirding and outlining the gospel.
-Carl Trueman,
Westminster Theological Seminary

The Trinity is often regarded as an esoteric and intimidating doctrine, over the heads of rank-and-file Christians. What are laypeople and students to make of the theologians' unfathomable utterances about how the Father, Son and Spirit constitute one God? The answer: Start by reading this book. Michael Reeves unpacks the significance of the Trinity for Christian life with a straight-shooting, conversational style honed by years of student ministry. But don't let the panache fool you. There is substance here that outweighs that of books much harder to understand. Read this book. Look up all the Bible passages it quotes. Let the Spirit use it to help you to see the Scriptures--and most of all, to see God the Trinity--in a new way. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
-Donald Fairbairn,
Robert E. Cooley Professor of Early Christianity, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and author of Life in the Trinity

Delighting in the Trinity overflows with the heart-winning news of the triune God who is love. Clear, accessible and compelling, Michael Reeves's new book provides stunning vistas of how the Father's eternal love for his Son has become unimaginably good news for us. If your life as a Christian has become at all routine or you simply wish to be freshly amazed at the transformative love of the Trinity for you, read Delighting in the Trinity. If you are like me, you will want to read it more than once. It's that spiritually satisfying.
-Dan Cruver,
national director of Together for Adoption and author of Reclaiming Adoption

If you have ever felt that the doctrine of the Trinity was a liability, a burden to be borne patiently, this is the book that will change your perspective. Michael Reeves's Delighting in the Trinity presents the triune God as the best thing about the Christian faith. Convinced that 'the triunity of God is the secret of his beauty,' Reeves writes from a full heart, with contagious enthusiasm for the Trinity. Delighting in the Trinity is more stimulating, quotable and engaging than we usually expect a theology book to be. Page after page, Reeves finds new ways of talking, draws surprising connections and reminds us that the God of the gospel is good news in three persons.
-Fred Sanders,
Biola University

It's not often one reads a book on trinitarian theology that is deeply insightful and wonderfully witty at the same time, but this is such a volume. Filled with careful thought and wise application, Reeves provides a most accessible book for those who are trying to understand what difference it makes that we are trinitarian.
-Kelly M. Kapic,
Covenant College

Editorial Reviews

"It's not often one reads a book on trinitarian theology that is deeply insightful and wonderfully witty at the same time, but this is such a volume. Filled with careful thought and wise application, Reeves provides a most accessible book for those who are trying to understand what difference it makes that we are trinitarian."
"[T]he book is an easy and pleasurable read with a down-to-earth articulation of the three-in-one God who loves and invites us into the deepest parts of his eternal love. Charming in its wit and winsome in its emotional appeal, it will motivate readers to love God more deeply and fully. I wish I had this book when I began my seminary studies. If only there were more theological treatments of the Trinity (or other Christian doctrines) written like this book, learning theology, and in a deeper sense, knowing and loving God, would be a delight."
"Even many Christians find the Trinity confusing, but Delighting in the Trinity is the clearest and best written explanation I've ever read."
"Michael Reeves's Delighting in the Trinity is an enjoyable introduction to the doctrine of the Trinity. . . . [It's] a great read. . . . This book would be useful for working with non-Christians seeking to understand Christianity. It would also serve the Christian who wants a better understanding of why the Trinity was not the invention of 'bored monks on rainy afternoons.'"
"Michael Reeves . . . has produced a powerful and concise treatment of the trinity in Delighting in the Trinity. One of the strengths of this volume is its practicality and accessiblity. One of the most exciting aspects of this book is Reeves' skill in helping readers understand what it means to enjoy God and understand the doctrine of the trinity to be a demonstration of 'the beauty, the overflowing kindness, the heart-grabbing loveliness of God.'"
". . . summary doesn't do justice to the tight and witty writing that Reeves provides . . . his style reminds me of C.S. Lewis."
"Have you ever been mystified by the Trinity? If so, then this book is for you. . . . This book is an ideal introduction for young people, for those who want to know more about God . . . and for pastors who are looking for ways to communicate the faith to non-specialists. It's basic approach is sound, and it will refresh the souls of all who read it. Could we ask for more?"
"If you have ever felt that the doctrine of the Trinity was a liability, a burden to be borne patiently, this is the book that will change your perspective. Michael Reeves's Delighting in the Trinity presents the triune God as the best thing about the Christian faith. Convinced that 'the triunity of God is the secret of his beauty,' Reeves writes from a full heart, with contagious enthusiasm for the Trinity. Delighting in the Trinity is more stimulating, quotable and engaging than we usually expect a theology book to be. Page after page, Reeves finds new ways of talking, draws surprising connections and reminds us that the God of the gospel is good news in three persons."
" Delighting in the Trinity overflows with the heart-winning news of the triune God who is love. Clear, accessible and compelling, Michael Reeves's new book provides stunning vistas of how the Father's eternal love for his Son has become unimaginably good news for us. If your life as a Christian has become at all routine or you simply wish to be freshly amazed at the transformative love of the Trinity for you, read Delighting in the Trinity. If you are like me, you will want to read it more than once. It's that spiritually satisfying."
"The Trinity is often regarded as an esoteric and intimidating doctrine, over the heads of rank-and-file Christians. What are laypeople and students to make of the theologians' unfathomable utterances about how the Father, Son and Spirit constitute one God? The answer: Start by reading this book. Michael Reeves unpacks the significance of the Trinity for Christian life with a straight-shooting, conversational style honed by years of student ministry. But don't let the panache fool you. There is substance here that outweighs that of books much harder to understand. Read this book. Look up all the Bible passages it quotes. Let the Spirit use it to help you to see the Scriptures—and most of all, to see God the Trinity—in a new way. I cannot recommend it highly enough."

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    Having been a believer for more than 50 years, this is the best treatment on the Trinity I have come across. It goes beyond dry theology, and fuzzy analogies of eggs and the properties of H2O to the beauty and wonder of the Triune God. Reeves' writing satisfies both the seeking mind and the yearning spirit. He delivers what the title promises: a delight in the Trinity. However, do not let the subtitle hold you back by making you think this is some elementary treatment of the subject. There is nothing been-there-done-that about this book. I cannot imagine any truly God-oriented heart coming away from this book without a deeper appreciation for the wonder of our great and loving, Triune God and what He has done for us.
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    I read this book at the recommendation of a friend at a time (unbeknownst to my friend) I was going through a season of doubts concerning the relationship between God and me. I have always found it difficult to have a close, intimate relationship with God, perhaps because I could not understand how the God of the universe would even really desire that kind of relationship with me. Michael Reeves helped me to understand the love of God in a whole new way, a love that has its origins in the Trinity and then overflows to His creation in a deeply personal way. My life has seriously been transformed - not only do I find it possible to truly love God like never before, I also find it possible to truly love others around me with the same love. Am I imperfect in it, yes, but I find myself growing by leaps and bounds.

    This book is not a quick read, but it is an enthralling read . The subtitle (an introduction to the Christian Faith) may be misleading in that it is not just written for the new Christian. Any believer will get a great deal out of reading this book (I've been following Christ for decades). I'm on my second time through it, and the small group that meets in our home will be reading through this together starting in January.
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    This is great book that clarifies a some rather deep topics (God's nature & the Trinity in particular). I learned some new things about how inadequate the idea of God as a singularity is and how rich and meaningful the triune God is. Also gained a deeper understanding of why God created us. I am using this book as part of an ongoing study in our church for the purpose of moving believers into a deeper understanding of their faith, what they believe and what it means when they engage the non-Christian world. This has been a great resource. A book I will re-read many times in the future. I found his style of writing can sometimes be hard to follow, but that could be just my own personal reaction. Well worth buying and reading. You will profit richly form doing so. I have had opportunities to discuss God with people from other mono-theistic faiths and new have new insights that I wish I had earlier. Can hardly wait to share some of this with them.
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    This is the best book on the Trinity I have read. It is easy to understand and focuses on GOD as a Father loving the son, the SON loving US, the SPIRIT loving the SON while comforting US & all Glory going back to the FATHER. A CIRCLE of LOVE following like a river. I feel much more ability to explain the TRINITY (before I was often miffed on truly understanding the Trinity).
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    Excellent explanation about many concepts of the Trinity that I did not understand until reading the book. As the title says, this book did really help me to see why there is reason to delight in the Trinity!
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