Hey friends! So my kindle is full of so many great reads right now that I just can’t help, but start posting about the books I am reading! They have helped me so much in gaining more knowledge about Jesus and thus growing my relationship with Him! I am always looking for new theological books to help strengthen my relationship with Jesus. I am always looking to know more about Jesus and how to walk through life as a Christian in this modern day world. There are so many
resources out there, so I just want to share the snippets from some that have really changed the game for me! I am currently reading “A Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren, which is SERIOUSLY INCREDIBLE! I HIGHLY recommend it, and stay tuned for a post about it. I have yet to finish it, so I can’t do a post about it justice until I am finished! However, the book “Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith” by Michael Reeves is as amazing being one of the first theology/”deep thinking” books I read, and it has opened the door to my new favorite genre of books.
I stumbled upon this book while babysitting a sweet family that I met through one of my best friends. She is their nanny, and it is a whole other post about the impact the family has had on not only my friend but all my roommates and me! Shoutout to them! Anyways, I stepped in to
babysit their sweet boy (now boys, but at the time it was one child!) while my friend couldn’t. The boy was down for a nap, and there were some books stacked up on their table. “Delighting in the Trinity” was the book that caught my eye, and my curious self decided to read the back. Before even finishing the synopsis, I was hooked. After spending the rest of the day with the sweet boy, I got home and immediately purchased the book on my Kindle! It didn’t take me long to finish the book!
It is impossible to do this book justice in just one post, because it is FULL of so many great points, quotes, nuggets of Truth, and verses. It seriously changed the game for me in that I was up early mornings (and I’m no morning person!) craving to go find a nice, comfy, quiet spot to dive in, read, and feel God’s presence through the words of the book. It shines a light on God that simply makes you so so thankful to serve a triune God. Like I said, it was one of the first of this genre of books, and it has driven me to such a deeper relationship with God. Here are some of my takeaways from book that bring so much joy to my heart and love for our Lord.
The book attempts to tackle the idea of the Trinity in Christianity which is no easy feat. The Trinity is a common misunderstood piece of Christianity, and because of that, many people just accept and know that we serve a God of three heads: Father, son, and Holy Spirit. For me, I just grew up knowing that, and I did not dive into the significance behind the importance of the Trinity.
Mistake number 1! The Trinity is a KEY piece that makes Our God SO INCREDIBLE! Since reading this book, I have had a whole new appreciation for our God having three heads, because the idea of the Trinity is the exact piece that sets Christianity apart from all other religions. As the book explains, the Trinity is the reason that God craves a relationship with His children. God at His very
core is a Father to his Son, Jesus. Before the creation of the world, God and Jesus existed both being eternal beings, and God was loving and fathering his Son. Reeves verifies this with scripture writing, “Jesus tells us explicitly in John 17:24. ‘Father,’ he says, ‘you loved me before the creation of the world’. And that is the God revealed by Jesus Christ. Before he ever created, before he
ever ruled the world, before anything else, this God was a Father loving His Son” (Reeves 21). Our God is not an authoritative, distant God, but a God that cares the very most about having a relationship and fathering us as His children. Reeves writes, “…With a father things are familial. And if God is a Father, then he must be relational and life-giving, and that is the sort of God we could love” (Reeves 22). God as a triune God focuses the most on being a Father to us. He wants to be a part of rejoicing with us, hurting with us, comforting us, and bringing us to life with an unconditional love that He extends not just to a perfect Jesus but to every single one of us.
HOW FLIPPING AWESOME!
There is so much more jammed packed into the book like a point about how we were created to extend His love. Therefore, we weren’t created to serve Him, but for us to enjoy Him!! And boy! did I enjoy Him through this book! It really refocused my relationship with God. I began needing to journal everyday and waking up early to do so. I began recognizing His goodness more. I was stirred to start blogging again. So it is only fair that I share the book that spurred this goodness in my life. I highly encourage this book especially if you are a deep thinker.
One of my favorite quotes from the book has stuck with me since I’ve read it comes
from the chapter 4 on page 94. Reeves writes, “We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome [evil] and have peace with God, it must be by ‘looking unto Jesus’” (Reeves 94). There is nothing day in and day out that we have to accomplish in order for us to be His children. We simply are. Forever and ever. Nothing that happens in your life will separate you from your Father. It says in Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). You always have the strength, love, and power of Christ on your side. Take heart in knowing that you can never be separated from Him, and He will carry you through this life if you let Him. And
by letting Him, you are saying yes to the most unique and only triune God: an eternal Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Reeves, Michael. Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith. InterVarsity Press, 2012.