The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation

The Unquenchable Flame Discovering the Heart of the Reformation Burning pyres nuns on the run stirring courage and comic relief the Protestant Reformation is a gripping tale packed with drama But what motivated the Reformers And what were they really like The

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  • Title: The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation
  • Author: Michael Reeves
  • ISBN: 9781433671456
  • Page: 451
  • Format: ebook
  • Burning pyres, nuns on the run, stirring courage, and comic relief the Protestant Reformation is a gripping tale, packed with drama But what motivated the Reformers And what were they really like The Unquenchable Flame, a lively, accessible, and fully informative introduction to the Reformation by Michael Reeves, brings to life the movement s most colorful characters Burning pyres, nuns on the run, stirring courage, and comic relief the Protestant Reformation is a gripping tale, packed with drama But what motivated the Reformers And what were they really like The Unquenchable Flame, a lively, accessible, and fully informative introduction to the Reformation by Michael Reeves, brings to life the movement s most colorful characters Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin, The Puritans, etc , examines their ideas, and shows the profound and personal relevance of Reformation thinking for today Also included are a lengthy Reformation timeline, a map of key places in the Reformation, further reading suggestions, and, in this U.S edition, a new foreword by 9 Marks Ministries president Mark Dever.Michael Reeves is theological advisor for Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship UCCF , a charity supporting evangelism in higher education throughout the United Kingdom He was previously associate minister at All Souls Church, Langham Place and holds a doctorate in systematic theology from King s College London.

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    1. To date, I don't think that I have found a better, more concise introduction to the Reformation's characters, events, and theology. This book is so good. It's readable, exciting, and at times very funny. In under 200 pages, Reeves manages to capture the pastoral implications, as well as the spiritual fervor of what began in Germany in the 16th century. Whenever people now ask me for an introduction to the Reformation, I will hand them this. I am certainly indebted to Reeves for such a great book [...]

    2. A maneira de Michael Reeves narrar os acontecimentos é apaixonante! Não se trata simplesmente de um livro de história da Reforma. É uma brilhante análise da providência divina em curso.

    3. Mr Reeves could make the process of paint drying sound exhilarating so when he has something as huge and groundbreaking like the Reformation to work with, it makes for great reading. Thought I should acquaint myself with the whole issue as it's some sort of anniversary this year apparently. This is a fantastic whistlestop tour of the important bits and means that when the anniversary actually comes round in October, I may be able to add something to the conversation.

    4. I really liked this book. -I have read three books of Michael Reeves this year and I can honestly say that he is now one of my favorite authors. The heart of the Puritans has clearly influenced his writings and sermons. It is always a delight to read what he has written.The last chapter is SO VERY GOOD!

    5. I love Michael Reeves. Finished his Delighting in Christ recently and loved it and now this one is also great. He makes the Reformation come alive in this book! A great read if you want to familiarize yourself with it without getting lost in too many details. I didn't find it too dry at all. There are so many interesting and funny stories he shares (like the time Luther smuggled nuns away from the convent on a wagon). I found a lot of parallels to our day and why there is still a need for Reform [...]

    6. A short and slightly humorous book about the Reformation. Unlike many other books about the Reformation, Reeves looks at the reformations in England and takes his timeline through the Puritan era. The last chapter about whether or not the Reformation is over is needed and should be considered required reading for Protestants.

    7. Michael Reeves narra de maneira fluida e impressionante as várias linhas que perpassam e constituem o momento histórico, cultural e político a partir do qual a Reforma eclodiu. Felizmente o autor não se permite repetir chavões pseudopiedosos sobre a conduta dos reformadores, antes, com uma análise penetrante, expõe de maneira honesta as motivações, impulsividades e os ocasionais equívocos pessoais e doutrinais dos teólogos que fundamentaram o pensamento reformado. Um conjunto vasto de [...]

    8. Well written, interesting, easy to read. I really enjoyed this book and I plan to read parts of it to my kids to go along with some of our history in the upcoming school year. If you're interested in the reformation, or even just history, I highly recommend this!

    9. Michael Reeves is one of my favorite modern writers. This book is about the Reformation and the Puritanism which followed. History books are usually not my favorite, but this one is amazing.

    10. Reeves writes a compelling and helpful introduction to the Reformation. Start here if you want to begin reading about the key figures and movements.

    11. Please give my review a helpful vote on - amazon/review/R1HJ520This book is more of a devotional exercise than a work of scholarship. It seems to be designed to arouse the "base" against the notion that the "Reformation is over." It does this by flogging the "black legends" of Catholicism and insisting that a chemically pure mental understanding of the mechanics of salvation is the sine qua non on which God determines the salvation of the individual.The first indication that this is not a book [...]

    12. I cannot recall a book I flip-flopped over more when it came to the rating. I initially was going to rate it 3, then 4, then back to 3 (3.5 would have been good!). While Michael Reeves provides us in this book with a good primer to the Reformation, there were some areas I felt the author did not go into enough detail. Some of this I feel is because the book reads a bit too much like an uncritical piece of Protestant hagiography. For one, while briefly mentioned, the division of Luther and Zwingl [...]

    13. Book ReviewByJason ScottThe Unquenchable FlameDiscovering the Heart of the ReformationBy Michael ReevesThis 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 [...]

    14. Excellent treatise on the reformation. Very readable and interesting. I would like to immediately read it again!

    15. The Unquenchable Flame is an excellent, entertaining, readable introduction to the Protestant Reformation. Major players like Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli are covered, as well as lesser known figures like Jan Hus, Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley, and Richard Sibbes and the Puritans. Reeves does a fantastic job of tracing the major events and personalities of the movement across Europe, plus discussing why the original issues are still just as pertinent today. A timeline and suggestions for further [...]

    16. A short break from novels for an excursion into the history of the Reformation. This book is brief and written in a lively style that focuses attention on the major reformers, Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin, without ignoring a host of less well-known personalities. While it can be recommended as an easy introduction to the topic or a quick review of facts once learned in, say, a college course (in my case fifty years ago!), Reeves' book has a major flaw: it is a rather pro-Protestant, polemical boo [...]

    17. This overview of the Reformation is short, clear, evangelical, and rip-roaring fun to read. Reeves first sets the stage for the Reformation by hitting the high points of church history in the previous centuries, then gives one of the best mini-biographies on Luther I've read. This is followed by a chapter on Zwingli and the Radical Reformation, another on Calvin, an overview of the Reformation in England and Scotland, a chapter on the Puritans, and then a chapter on the relevance of the Reformat [...]

    18. Good stuff. I intentionally read this around Reformation Day (Oct 31). Short intro to the Reformation. Lots of pictures and sidebars to break up the reading. The history was lively kept me engaged. The book did a good job stirring up a thirst for more on this topic. I found myself pulling off other books on my shelf such as Calvin's Institutes and "Is the Reformation Over?" by Noll & Nystrom (along w/ Carl Truman's critique in his essay w/ the same title) just because the book drew me in and [...]

    19. Leitura deliciosaReeves é um dos meus escritores favoritos. Tem uma escrita cativante e consegue tornar interessante até mesmo assuntos entendiantes. Imagine o que ele pode fazer quando discorre sobre um dos eventos mais espetaculares da história do mundo: a redescoberta do Evangelho de Jesus Cristo!

    20. The author, who has written extensively on the Protestant Reformation, states that the Reformation was a revolution, and revolutions not only fight for something, they also fight against something, in the case of the Reformation, this was the old world of medieval Roman Catholicism. He states that most Christians at the time were looking for the improvement, but not the overthrow, of their religion. They were not looking for radical change, only a clearing-up of acknowledged abuses. He tells us [...]

    21. Michael Reeves is an amazing storyteller who is grounded in the truths of the Gospel. This was an amazing book about the Reformation and I highly recommend it to those who want a good, short introduction to what happened 500 years ago.The Reformation started a bit before Martin Luther and had a massive effect on Europe and the world. The Reformation was far more complicated and lasted much longer than I realized can be argued that it is still going on today. Reeves begins this history in the ear [...]

    22. So, in case you didn’t know, I’m a history nerd. I love history of all types – something about the stories of days gone by thrills my imagination and sparks my joy! So this book is great for me. It’s very well-researched, and written by an expert in the topic. The Reformation was a pivotal time in the history of Christianity, and it’s chock full of capturing characters and incidents! I loved getting to delve down deep into that time period, and really get a grip on all the facets of th [...]

    23. This is really a great introduction to the Reformation, and a quick read at that! Reeves begins with an introduction and organizes his work around four centers - Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, and Britain - then discusses the Puritans, reformers of the Reformation, and whether the Reformation goes on today. I think he does a great job comparing and contrasting voices both within and without the Reformation, rightly emphasizes the issues of justification and authority, and offers insight for how Reform [...]

    24. Easily accessible account of the reformation from a Christian point of view. Readable in 3 sittings. Interesting and clear, it answered some questions I've had for years such as why did Henry VIII still take mass after breaking with the Pope. It was very interesting to actually see the theological convictions that were behind the event which were always conveniently missed out of my school text books. I found 'Old Wives Tales' a more personally challenging book on the reformation, but this book [...]

    25. Great introduction to the Reformation. As an introductory history, I prefer Glenn Sunshine's The Reformation for Armchair Theologians, but Reeves is clear and accurate. This volume has two noteworthy strengths over Sunshine: First, there is a really good chapter on the Puritans, sympathetic and critical. Second, the final chapter on the continuing need for the heart of the Reformation, both in engaging old enemies to the Gospel that still hang around (Catholicism) and new enemies (Modernity), is [...]

    26. Lots to learn. A detailed account of the Reformation with some poignant questions for reflection in the last chapter.A detailed account of the heart of the matter: Is justification the gift of a righteous status (by faith alone), or a process of becoming more holy (by faith)? The Reformers were by all means sinners. But God worked through them. Some of what went down in the 16th century! Those who call themselves 21st Century Christians ought to reflect on the above question in light of the desi [...]

    27. This book is such a delightful read. Michael Reeves keeps the story of the Reformation moving forward like a page-turning novel, with some occasional levity to keep things from getting too heavy, and always with a keen eye to the role the Gospel played in this event.People intimidated by history, and overwhelmed by the seemingly endless mix of dates, kings, queens, popes, nations and battles, should put aside their fears and take up in their hands this book in order to learn about one of the mos [...]

    28. Outstanding, entertaining and informative introduction to the Reformation. It shows clearly the reasons for the Reformation, the key characters involved, and most importantly, why it matters! If you think history or church history is boring, this is the book for you! You won't regret it, and you'll find yourself thankful for how God worked through such strange and flawed men, for His glory and the recovering of the good news of the Gospel and the power of the Word of God! Soli Deo Gloria!

    29. It would be hard for me to over emphasize what a great book this is. It is thoroughly accurate, while also easy to read, and even humorous. Reeves does a fantastic job of pulling together so many details of the Reformation in a way that allows the reader to see both the forest and the trees. I would highly recommend this book for all Christians. It is timely for many reasons, not least of which is the fact that the Reformation continues.

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