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August 12, 2007


I usually read about 4 or 5 books at a time. Because of this, it usually takes me a couple of weeks to about a month to get through a book. This is because I strategically place books around the house so that I make sure I read them. For example, right now I have Moby Dick on my night stand, Ralph Smith’s Trinity and Reality downstairs in the living room, David McCullough’s The Great Bridge in the bathroom, N.T. Wright’s The Challenge of Jesus in my car, and Phillip Schaff’s The Principle of Protestantism in the van. Usually the bedside book gets read faster, but because we’ve been eating out a little too much recently, The Great Bridge is getting read more. While one reason for this allows me to read a variety of subjects, the main reason I do this is so that I’m never in a position where I say, “Man, I wish I had a book with me.” Because I rarely drive the van, this book is the one that gets neglected the most, but I try to remedy this by getting up early Saturday mornings and driving the van to the local coffee shop to read before the family gets up.

Anyways, my point is that I want to keep ya’ll updated on what I’m reading in case ya’ll are looking for something new to read, or have read a book I’m reading and want to discuss it. I also want to highlight some of the things I’m reading if I think it’s a “must read.”

It just so happens that I am reading a “must read,” Ralph Smith’s Trinity and Reality.


Ralph Smith is the pastor of a church in Japan and is the director of the Covenant Worldview Institute. And this is precisely what his book is about – worldviews. For those that have read books on worldviews, you are probably familiar with a few of the most popular ones: James Sire’s The Universe Next Door, Norman Geisler’s Worlds Apart, and Ronald Nash’s Worldviews in Conflict. These are the books I have read on the subject, with Sire’s book being the best, in my opinion. That is, until I started reading Trinity and Reality. In reading Trinity and Reality, I realize that while these other books are helpful and full of good info, they completely miss the foundation for a Christian worldview: The Trinity. The fact that God exists in a trinitarian relationship, and we are made to participate in this relationship, is what makes the Christian worldview distinct from every other worldview. Unfortunately, these other books rarely touch on this important issue – in fact, The Universe Next Door has only one paragraph dealing with the Trinity.

Trinity and Reality is written for high school students, so it is a very accessible read, and it is broken down into managable sections, so that you don’t have to injest 40 pages in one sitting to get the sense of what he’s talking about. Smith also has questions for discussion at the end of each chapter, which I have found to be very helpful. I highly recommend this book, especially as a small group study of some sort.

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