Sep 19, 2019
You can read my fuller review at Spoiled Milks (9/9/19).
Referencing the parable of the unclean spirits (Matt 12:43-45), Barrett wants his book "to fill the house with good theology proper, the type that will keep the demons away for good" (xvi). Our God is one who is high and lifted up, higher than anything we can imagine. Nothing is greater, and he is not like us. We too often compare God to ourselves. We make him "a greater version of ourselves" (xvi). Yet our God is greater "because he is nothing like ourselves" (xvi). In an effort to show people how great God is, we have domesticated God to make him palatable to others.
Barrett's book revolves around one central question: What must be true of God if he is the most perfect being? (10). To help answer this question, Barrett's joins forces with the A-Team: Augustine, Anselm, and Aquinas.
This book answers questions people often ask/think about God: Does God depend on me? Does he change? Does he have emotions? Is he in time or bound by space? How is he both holy and loving? Why is he jealous?
There is a ten-page glossary at the end of the book. Keep that in mind; it is helpful.
The Spoiled Milk
Perhaps this is because I haven't read enough ST, but sometimes I couldn't follow Barrett's argument. In almost every chapter there is a paragraph or two that I simply didn't understand.
There are other instances, but they take up more text and are harder to explain. If you come across these places, slow down, reread the text, move on, and finish the chapter. Then come back and see if you understand it now.
If you enjoy reading systematic theology, or books about the doctrine of God/Christ/the trinity and so on, then this book is for you. You will be rewarded by reading it, and don't try to read it all at once.