From the Pastor’s Book Shelf: Reformation Day Edition

The Unquenchable Flame:  Discovering the Heart of the Reformation  by Michael Reeves

At a recent conference I attended, one of the speakers mentioned a new book that was recently released on the Protestant Reformation.  Since I was going to be travelling a few hours later, I pulled out my Kindle and downloaded it for the plane ride home. I was not sure what to expect, but what I found was an excellent , easy to read, summary of the major people, places, and events that rocked the world and changed the face of Christendom forever.   The book focuses mainly on the principal figures of Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin, as well as the a few of  the secondary figures from the continental locale, and also the key players in the reformation that took place in Great Britain as well.

The greatest strengths of this work are its readability (it reads like a novel), the masterful way in which it covers a huge sweep of history in a relatively short volume (about 200 pages), and the section where  the author offers resources for further study for anyone interested in the specific people, places, nd events during this tumultuous time in Christian history.

Conversely, some of its strengths are the cause of some of the areas of critique.  In certain sections the treatment of its events left this reader desiring more information.  Likewise, the time line is not always abundantly clear.

Overall, this is an excellent volume both for those who are slightly interested in the Reformation as well as those who are passionately committed to studying this era of church history.  Pick up a copy today!

Rating:  4 out of 5 Bookshelves.


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