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SCOTT HAHN, an internationally renowned Catholic lecturer and theologian, is professor of Biblical theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is the director of the Institute of Applied Biblical Studies and president of the St. Paul Center for Applied Biblical Theology. His books include A Father Who Keeps His Promises; Rome Sweet Home, coauthored with his wife, Kimberly; The Lamb's Supper; and Hail, Holy Queen. He lives in Steubenville, Ohio, with his wife and their six children.


This slender book conveys a monumental message. Using simple stories to illustrate complex theological concepts, Hahn (theology and Scripture, Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville; The Lamb's Supper) compares the human family to the Divine, namely, the Trinity. Employing examples from Scripture, the Church fathers, and Magisterial teachings of the Catholic Church, he shows similarities between human and divine expressions of love. Family-specific terminology like brother, sister, mother, and father used in ordinary conversation mirrors the inner life of the Trinity. Essential Catholic teachings and practices find clear expression in the daily experiences of Christian men and women. The 12 short chapters invite the reader to both personal reflection and active imitation. Additionally, the nearly 40 pages of critical documentation and notes add academic credibility to this accessible text. Recommended for Catholic readers. John-Leonard Berg, Univ. of Wisconsin, Platteville Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Beloved Protestant-turned-Catholic writer Hahn (The Lamb's Supper, etc.) gives us his most sophisticated book yet, an extended meditation on the Trinity. Theologians and scholars from Miroslav Volf to Eugene Rogers have been paying more attention to the Trinity in recent years, but Hahn is one of the first authors to produce a book designed to introduce a general audience to the theological resources of Trinitarianism. His central point is that God exists as a Trinitarian family, and that living in God's image means modeling our lives and relationships on God's three-in-one relationship with himself Although he reveres the institution of the family, Hahn powerfully warns against making an idol out of human relationships, insisting that the Trinity is "the home we have desired," while marriage is but "a living, embodied analogy that points the way to something greater." The book is not flawless. Hahn's effort is slightly marred by the cutesy subheadings with which he insists on cluttering all his books ("Children of a Lesser Good," "Re-flesh My Memory" and so forth). The brief foreword by the Pontifical Roman Theological Academy's Ronald Lawler doesn't add a thing. Some readers especially those who know that other contemporary theologians find in the Trinity ballast for liberal programs like racial reconciliation and acceptance of homosexuality may quibble with Hahn's socially conservative ends: for him, Trinitarian life translates into heterosexual marriage and calling God "father." But readers who either share, or can set aside, Hahn's conservative theology will consider this a riveting introduction to the mysterious doctrine of the Trinity. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

"Hahn reflects simply yet profoundly on the nitty-gritty of life, love, relationships, marriage, and family in the context of the bedrock doctrines of Christian Faith. His retelling of the story of our salvation in Jesus Christ opens up to the truth of our origin and destiny in the one God, a Trinity of divine Persons who abide in a communion of love--a love stronger than sin and death. This book is full of good news and solid answers to life's tough questions."
--Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., Archbishop of Denver

"It is a joy to recommend this most recent accomplishment of Scott Hahn to anyone looking for a faith-filled, Spirit-driven, and completely delightful exposition of the meaning of family in all of its divine and human implications."
--Most Reverend Donald W. Wuerl, Bishop of Pittsburgh From the Hardcover edition.

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