Hammer of God Paperback – January 1, 2005
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- Paperback : 372 pages
- ISBN-10 : 080665130X
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- ISBN-13 : 978-0806651309
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.84 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : AUGSBURG BOOKS; Revised Edition (January 1, 2005)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #110,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author does a great job bringing to light some very deep spiritual truths in an entertaining fashion over the course of 3 periods of a parish history and through the lives and growth of 3 different pastors. It is very powerful to see the different struggles each encounters, and the potential pitfalls associated with different leanings (legalism, grace, infant baptism, etc.). What I really enjoyed are the differing viewpoints conveyed through the stories.
I recommend this to everyone I know as the book that should be 1st on their reading list. I only hope one day to be able to go through it with a small group.
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Giertz tackles the big questions with astounding maturity and wisdom. There is a healthy dose of humour, too.
Far from being lightweight and twee, it is actually quite a heavy book, in the sense that there are many layers of meaning to be drawn from it, like all great books.
I liked the references to the Finnish Winter War. The old Swedish rector is following events as they unfold in neighbouringi Finland's war against Russia in 1939 and we pick up the sense of ruefulness of how times changes and nothing can remain the same. Thus we have a strong feeling of reminisence of times gone by.
And no, you do not have to be a Lutheran pastor to enjoy it.
I wasn't sure what to expect but one of the best books I've read. Highly recommended.