Pastor Mark Dever, author of "Nine Marks of a Healthy Church," originally penned "Richard Sibbes" as his doctoral dissertation, and then revised it for this book-length edition. In the first half of his work, Dever summarizes the life and influences of Richard Sibbes. It is in the second half of the book that Dever excels. His explication of Sibbes affectionate theology demonstrates thorough research and accurate understanding. The only exception to this is Dever's summary in a footnote that for Sibbes "imagination" is similar to what we would call "emotions" today. Actually, in Puritans such as Sibbes and Edwards, the imagination was a rational faculty of the soul, deeper and more primary than the emotions. This interpretation not withstanding, Dever's work is an excellent secondary source for understanding the life, ministry, and theology of an oft-neglected English Puritan.