Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: I made note of things that really stood out to me in the book. I’ve had this book on my physical shelf for a long time. Finding libraries that hold this item By obtaining an insider perspective, the reader not only connects with the character but the reader is also able to see the righteous and sinful motives of many of the characters. With the parishoners and Pastors who found themselves in error on doctrine, it was interesting to see that I could identify so many other denominations in the My husband’s been telling me for years I needed to read this book, as has Pastor Hill. Faith comes down to a matter of relying either on our own accomplishments to be right with God or on receiving as a f Based on the theme of spiritual regeneration, The Hammer of God reads like a good detective story, immersing the reader in the unfolding events that present a spiritual drama of life and death, of despair and hope, of upheaval and peace, of sin and grace.

Very relevant to current or former pastors, but beneficial to any wrestling with the mundane-ness of Christianity and the lure of neo-revival, antinomian illusions of truth and freedom. I have never before seen the truth about grace and sinful corruption so clearly presented. We would never abandon our ministries because we relish in the experiences of love, the graciousness found in Christian community, in ministry, in relationships, in tearing down barriers, in exhibitions of kindness, helpfulness, support of missions, zealous activity for kingdom causes, witnessing, and preaching. Anyone who has been involved in ministry understands how much easier it is to love on and give attention to the little people of this world, the disenfranchised, the impoverished, those who have been abused since childhood, and those discriminated against. And so the pastors convene to defrock Savonius for all of his passionate preaching so that everything can return to the good old days of drunkenness, cursing, gambling, adultery, and such besotted misery, without all of this call for repentance. I’ve had this book on my physical shelf for a long time.

Each generation struggles with its expression of piety along with struggles with legalism, liberalism, and so forth. A story that gives light to how grace impacts its characters lives. He is living and working under the Law, confusing changes in outward behavior with the righteousness of faith. Before reading this novel or, to be more precise, this collection of three related novellasI had heard Giertz described as the Lutheran C.


But we must understand that Giertz is purposefully using a very frivolous issue here to establish a point, which the reader may view very differently later gammer the novel, when the sin is more egregious. Can it determine whether he rose again?

Can it know that he is to return again to judge the world? May 29, Devin rated it it was amazing Shelves: I enjoyed reading these. You can use these tags: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

Scatterings: From The Hammer of God, by Bo Giertz

The sinful corruption about which we were talking a while ago is the natural state also of the children Those who see their sinfulness as the rock of their being have yet to discern the rock of the Spirit, omvie substance of which brings forth a love of good works.

It was to these he was now sent, and he would go forth in the power of God. Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you. In this bestselling novel, three pastors learn the necessity of relying on God’s grace.

The Hammer of God – Bo Giertz

Or get in touch. It is not self-righteousness; but rather the activity of the Spirit engaged in the demonstration of God. But a wonderful Lord passes by, and has mercy on the wretched tin can, sticks his walking cane through it and rescues it from the junk pile and takes it home with Him.

God shapes us hammer-like on the anvil of experience. Is it any different among the affluent class today? How far does one go with self-adornment?

My hubby and Pastor were right to suggest it! In reality, the book doesn’t talk much of Lutheranism, it simply “preaches” Jesus only; grace, redemption, and salvation through Christ alone.

Skip to main content. Don’t you see, Ahlberg, how dreadful it would be if children could not believe? Admittedly and naturally it has a strong Lutheran emphasis – but as a Lutheran Pastor, I did enjoy that: Aug 04, Stephen London rated it it was amazing.

I found it very easy to relate to the various characters even given the cultural and time period differences. He has given us no other way of entrance.

He became a Christian, a Lutheran pastor, and the youngest bishop in Sweden. Please feel free to email us at info mbird. This book is a collection of three loosely related novellas about hammeg “cure of souls” hxmmer Lutheran Sweden.

The name field is required. To discuss your use of this gierhz for a particular course please e-mail the Textbook Adoption Consultant for review. Please enter recipient e-mail address es. In three eras, a pastor is trying to revive the spiritual lives of his people — to some degree with success, always relying on pietistic use of the law, always discovering freedom and peace in the gospel of Jesus Christ.


This response simply lays the Gospel as bare as it can be for anyone, regardless of denomination, to see plainly. Giertz first addresses this when Savonius is conducting a catechism and is asked: Mar 19, David Goetz rated it really liked it Shelves: This, then, was the solution: He was a man who knew hhammer power of grace and knew how to tell others about it. For whatever reason, this last time Pastor told me I should read it, I decided to finally bbo ahead and do it.

Request an Desk copy Please select a version: He addresses both the strengths and weaknesses of the Scandinavian pietist renewal in the 19th century. I’m going to write them out here.

When someone praises my sermons, or some troubled soul from another parish thanks me, I begin immediately to think how through all this my reputation may spread and I might receive a call that would be more advantageous. I was turned onto “The Hammer of God” by this post: It fills the soul with the clear light of the Spirit, as soon as one is ready to obey. He invites us into the piety and church life of Sweden early and later in the 19th century, and the challenges facing Swedish Christians at the outbreak of the Second World War.

The Lord shall be the owner of everything, but he must have someone to steward his property The Rector later tells Savonius: Just as one blind would lean more upon a cane than one seeing, so the element of grace must become the sole solution for one who cannot feel. If there is such a thing as a true Lutheran spirituality, Bo Giertz has illustrated the possibility compellingly.

Jul 14, Angelyn Hobson rated it it was amazing Shelves: The quotation begins after Fridfeldt has just finished sternly telling the rector that he is a believer, and that he has given his heart to Jesus: I also was a bit disappointed with the characterization of the three pastors.