Sunday, March 1, 2015

Book Review: Experiencing the Trinity by Joe Thorn Reviewed by Rachel Cooper

“To believe and love the Trinity is to possess the key of theology.” — Spurgeon 
Focusing on the character and attributes of God during seasons of doubt and depression is so simple, yet profound, that it nearly knocks me over.  This is not normally how we battle dark times, and this is not what the self-help books are made of.  But this is exactly what Joe Thorn did during his own dark season, and he captured 50 daily meditations that are now in his new book Experiencing the Trinity.

These readings “reflect on God and the gospel and how they overcome our fear, failure, pain, and unbelief.”  Outlining the attributes for each member of the trinity, this book is a wonderful example of how to preach to yourself.  And although Thorn says the book was literally written to himself, I found numerous sections to be helpful in battling my own personal sins and unbelief.
I highlighted quite a bit, but one of my favorites was the section covering how the Holy Spirit revives us:
The Spirit’s work of revival does not come about when God’s people practice inventive or radical exercise; it comes through the normal means of grace God has given his people.  Do you need God to revive your hear?  Then seek the Spirit’s influence.  Cry out to God, store his Word in your hear, give yourself to worship, and walk in his ways.  Revival is near, but you must seek it. 
There’s nothing flashy or sexy about this book.  There are no magic formulas, no emotionally charged guilt trips.  And for me, that’s largely its appeal.  As a women in my early 30’s, I’m the target audience for many of the Christian devotionals and self-help books published today.  And so often, these books are lacking the gospel and the hard truths about our sin.  Instead, Experiencing the Trinity presents you with who He is in all His glory, stirring you to greater love for Him.

There are no 10 step guides or prayer formulas to work your way out of the darkness.  Sometimes, perhaps often times, it’s work.  It’s choosing to believe what you cannot see or may not feel.  It’s studying and searching for who God is, believing He both hears and sees you, and reaching out for just a touch of the hem of His robe.

Rachel Cooper received a copy of Experiencing the Trinity to review.  No other compensation was received, and the opinions are her own.

To see more from Rachel Cooper visit her blog at  Lady Hawk Collective.

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