The Hammer of God is a delightful account of people in rural southern Sweden during three different eras: around 1810, 1880, and 1940. The characters of the three novellas are normal people inside and outside the church. Each is seeking to understand faith in Christ in the midst of competing worldviews of the day with the help of their pastor.
The refreshing ingredient is that the stories are told from the pastor’s perspective; no less on a journey of faith than the people that he leads. Each account has an element of transformation from dead orthodoxy to vibrant faith.
The lessons of understanding law vs. grace (after all, the author is Lutheran!), outer conformity of religion vs. inner transformation of faith, and bitterness vs. forgiveness are three of the many themes woven throughout the book. It is an account of real life meeting theology.
I recommend this book. It is a short read that you will find is a great investment.