Last week Justin Taylor posted on The Best Christian Novel You’ve Never Heard Of. Wow, was he right!
The Hammer of God is more than I expected. It is excellently written, deeply moving and very clear about the realities of the Christian life. Each of the three main characters experiences God in fresh, wonderful ways that makes much of God in the midst of temptation to doubt or self-righteousness.
Mostly, I enjoyed it because Bo Giertz loves God and God’s word and he communicated truth in compelling, worshipful ways:
In his death all woe was turned into blessing. The very suffering became a gate of Heaven, and the cross, that instrument of torture, became a sign of victory and spring of mercy.
Walking with him is going to glory through suffering itself and seeing the springs rush forth everywhere through the valley of weeping and the deserts of thistles.
Bo Giertz, Hammer of God, p. 315.
I could hardly put it down.