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HAMMER OF GOD by Bo Giertz
Most insightful and encouraging critique of evangelicalism I've ever read. Especially gripping for pastors.
Ever since reading this article (http://bit.ly/2sma3pv), I've wanted to read this novel. I'm glad I did. It is an insightful, well-written exploration of the human condition and the radicalness of grace.
When prominent British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge was converted late in life, he wrote of his newfound faith in a book titled Jesus Rediscovered. In it he makes a statement about Christian fiction that, for me, applies to The Hammer of God: “Books like Resurrection and The Brothers Karamazov give me an almost overpowering sense of how uniquely marvelous a Christian way of looking at life is, and a passionate desire to share it.”
In this bestselling novel, three pastors learn the necessity of relying on God's grace. They fall short of their pastoral duties through public humiliation, self-doubt, inability to accept God's promises in their own lives, and divisions and quarreling among their parishioners. Ultimately each man rejects temptations and permits the Holy Spirit to work through him. This revised edition includes the final chapter, never before published in English. The new introduction provides historical and theological background to deepen the reader's understanding of the stories.