Application Ability: ★★★★☆
Recommendation Likelihood: ★★★★☆
Most people assume they know what they mean when they use the word “God.” They mean a powerful old guy in the sky ready to obliterate us if we do wrong but basically benevolent, if a little senile.
The Christian doctrine of the Trinity shows us God is vastly more interesting. God is actually fleshed among us in Jesus, poured out on us in the Holy Spirit’s intoxication of the church. God is three divine persons in perfect harmony and beauty—and God invites us into that unimaginable intimacy. We don’t know this God, but we should.
Trinity uses scripture, the Early Church tradition, and some modern theology to argue that God is a mystery whom we can’t understand but who can shape our misunderstanding to allow for faithful living and holy love of God and neighbor.
Overall, this has been a really good book. It's written by another United Methodist pastor, although from his seemly slides towards infant baptism I wasn't have guessed he was United Methodist. He starts the book off by saying,
He speaks of the Trinity from both the Old and New Testaments in language that is easy to understand but not watered down. He challenges the analogies that we have used to talk about the Trinity and points out the faults in them as well as how they work as good analogies.
The truth is, God is a Trinitarian God. He is made up of three persons who have existed from the beginning. God can't exists without being three, yet the are unique persons.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the Trinity other than some strange wording about baptism and some other little things.