BOOK REVIEWS · Church History

THE UNQUENCHABLE FLAME: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation – Michael Reeves (2009)

I place books on church history in two distinct categories – boring or breathtaking.  The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation by Michael Reeves is of the later sort.

The Puritan, Richard Sibbes called the Reformation “that fire which all the world shall never be able to quench.”  Reeves is careful to keep the fire stoked in his work on the Reformation.

The author helpfully explains the historical context of the Reformation and links together the important pieces that ultimately led to the formation of what we now know as Protestantism.

Reeves provides a basic and very interesting overview of the key players that emerge in the Reformation.  He is especially concerned with Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin.  He also summarizes the Reformation in Britain and the Puritans.

The author fans the 493 year Reformation flame by responding to Mark Noll’s assertion that the Reformation is essentially over.  Indeed, as Luther so poignantly wrote, “Justification by faith alone is the article upon which the church stands or fall.”

The Unquenchable Flame is well researched and well written And it certainly has the potential to serve as kindling for a new generation of young Reformed theologians who faithfully live and wield the great truths of the Reformation!

4.5 stars

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