Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Book Review: Delighting in the Trinity by Tim Chester
The Trinity is a doctrine in the Christian faith that has been debated for centuries. It has even caused divisions among Christians. Some have said that God is not one in three persons, but God has revealed Himself in three ways. I believe it was Augustine who said, "If you try to explain the Trinity, you will confuse yourself. If you do not believe in the Trinity, you lose yourself."
Many religions in the world cannot understand the doctrine of the Trinity. This is where Tim Chester tells the story of how his book, Delighting in the Trinity, came to be. Chester was talking with some of his Muslim friends and discussed their many questions on the Trinity. Chester confessed that he was embarrassed by the doctrine on how can Almighty God be a Triune God. Later he realized that God revealing Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is good news.
After the first chapter, the rest of the book is divided into three parts. The first part deals with the Biblical foundations of the Trinity. This part talked about the unity of God along his plurality and, finally, His plurality and unity. The second part deals with the historical foundations of the Trinity dating back all the way to second century to the 20th century. The last part deals with the practical foundations of the Trinity. This part was written in four parts dealing with how the Trinity is related to revelation, salvation, humanity, and missions.
This book was written in such a user-friendly format that even a lost person who has no idea of what the Trinity is can understand it. I enjoyed reading this book and drove me to worship because of how great our Triune God is. I know I use this book as a resource for when I am writing and/or teaching on the Trinity.
Thanks to The Good Book Company for letting me review this book.