Sibbes helped develop many of the central tenets of Puritan theology (it'snot for nothing that historian Christopher Hill called him "thequintessential Puritan"). His idea of covenant and his zeal to reform theAnglican church, to encourage a more direct relationship betweenparishoners and Christ, were hallmarks of Puritan thought. Yet Sibbes wasalways a reformist, not a separatist, and as church politics grewcontentious, he had to walk a most fine line, in both his life andtheology. To some readers, Dever's book may seem a bit arcane. But those willing to stick with it will not be disappointed. Richard Sibbes is testament to the complexity of faith in a time ofturbulent religious and political change--one rather like our own.