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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.
Three generations of Lutheran clergy in a Swedish village -- one God who humbles hearts and saves souls. Twice was brought to tears. Leland Ryken wrote a review for TGC and called it a Christian classic. I certainly wish Augsburg Fortress would rethink the format and cover -- it feels like a self-published book.
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.