Book Review: The Good God

The Good God Book Review

 

“The Good God” is Reeves’ newest book – and its subtitled “Enjoying Father, Son and Spirit”. This is a book aimed at the head and the heart – its not a book that is going to radicalise the way you live out your faith – but it is a book that should impact your understanding of your faith, your belief, and all that that implies. Because knowing Jesus better allows us to love him more – and serve him more.

For those of you who don’t like big books, theology books, or boring books, this isn’t one. It’s deeply theological, but very readable. It’s also very short – coming in at only a little over 100 pages. Thats a reason not to discount this book – especially if you don’t count yourself a great reader, or enjoy reading. In classic Mike Reeves style, “The Good God” is a masterful overview of everything you might want to read about the Trinity – from the earliest heresy to the most recent ignorance.

This is valuable as an apologetic resource – equipping the reader to defend the biblical basis of the Doctrine of the Trinity, understand the historical context of the earliest Trinitarian confessions, and to see the Trinitarian God as the foundation of everything. As I mentioned in my previous post, this book also has some excellent stuff to say on the relation of Christianity and Islam – particularly regarding the character of the Christian and Islamic Deities.

This book is valuable as a refreshing jolt of sound, heart-focused Doctrine for the flagging Christian. Its easy to get disheartened, for a number of reasons – but this book has a style and content that revitalises and encourages. I’ll share the question that Reeves poses at his conclusion:

“What is your Christian life like? What is the shape of your gospel, your faith? In the end, it will all depend on what you think God is like. Who is God drives everything… What is the Christian life about? Mere behaviour? Or something deeper, enjoying God? And then theres what our churches are like, our marriages, our relationships, our mission: all are moulded in the deepest way by what we think of God”

I’d recommend this book to any Christian. Whether you know the Doctrine of the Trinity or the idea of 3 in 1 conjures up instead an image of some vile takeaway dish. This is a book – nice and slim, and seriously good – that many Christians need. I used it in part to remind myself of Trinitarian theology for an exam – and it wound up warming my soul too. Its that good. Get it, read it, enjoy God.

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