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The Unquenchable Flame by Michael Reeves
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Jason Scott

The Unquenchable Flame
Discovering the Heart of the Reformation
By Michael Reeves

This is a good concise history of the Protestant Reformation. Reeves does a very good job in retelling the key events that led to the Reformation. He begins in chapter one by talking about the events that led up to October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the church door at Wittenberg, Germany. These events involved men such as John Wycliffe and Jan Hus.

Reeves helps correct some common misconceptions that are often associated with this period in history. Such as, when Martin Luther nailed the thesis to the door, he was not doing so to make an angry bold threat to Rome. In fact Luther at this time was not yet converted, instead the thesis were an invitation to all for debate on issues such as repentance instead of penance, and the use of indulgences by the Roman Catholic Church.

The author then guides the reader through the lives of Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, the British reformers, and the Puritans. He then concludes the book with a look at whether or not the Reformation has finished and if there is still a need today for Reformed thinking and teaching.

I highly recommend this book. I love history, so it was hard to put down, but even if you do not usually enjoy reading history, read this book. It is well written and very easy to follow. Every Christian needs to have a understanding of this important time in history. Even though this book does not give a thorough study of this time period, it gives a pretty good understanding in the 191 pages that contain the book. This book will whet the appetite for a deeper study of the Protestant Reformation.
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