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Hibbs has given us an excellent book to present in accessible form the biblical basis for the centrality of language in God’s communion with us, in God’s creation and providence, and in human living. The book combines biblical exposition, practical examples, and clear, winsome writing. There is nothing like it on the subject of language! Vern S. Poythress
Pierce stresses the centrality of language to reality and to human life, and he persuasively expounds his view that language is communion behavior.  This thesis has a huge importance, and therefore I hope that the book finds many readers.  John M. Frame
The full realization that language is at the “beating heart” of the Trinity and that everything has been wrought through Trinitarian discourse so that his world is intrinsically “worded” – this stunning truth, coupled with the fact that the Spirit-breathed Scriptures flow from the communion of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, means that the preaching of the Word is a thrice blessed event set in in the pulsing context of a creation that perpetually pours forth the glory of God. R. Kent Hughes
Pierce’s years of experience both as a theologian and a language instructor bear fruit in this profoundly edifying study. Accessible to the specialist and the non-specialist alike, the book bristles with insights. It has the makings of a classic. William Edgar 
In a post-post-modern age that despairs of language, meaning, and truth, Pierce Hibbs’s reminder that language — communicative and expressive behavior – is ultimately rooted in the triune God comes as a welcome Christian relief. Of particular importance is the claim that language is always personal and covenantal, oriented to communion, and that God is a speaking, communicative being. Anyone interested in God and language will profit from this book. Kevin J. Vanhoozer 
Building on the work of Van Til, Frame, and Poythress, Hibbs has written a fascinating account of the Trinity as communicative, with language integral to creation and the nature of humanity in communion with God. Superbly written, his highly accessible discussion should do much to stimulate thought about God as Trinity, creation and our place in it, indeed everything, for he mounts a credible case that the Trinity is discernible all around us. Robert Letham 
God created the world by speaking and his own Son is identified as the eternal Word.  God’s works of creation, providence, redemption and consummation are all attributed to his powerful speech.  So biblical faith is bound up with words—with language—in a unique way.  That’s why this is such an important book.  Regardless of whether one agrees with all of the arguments, I expect it to strike up a fresh and crucial conversation about God and language. Michael Horton 

 

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I just finished The Speaking Trinity and am about to start Finding God in the Ordinary. Man, you have really rocked my world, and I am still suffering the aftershocks! I’ve never heard someone talk about language the way you do. Keep it coming!

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