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Alan Scholefield (15 January 1931 - 26 October 2017) was a South African writer famous for his Macrae and Silver series. He lived in Hampshire and was married to Australian novelist Anthea Goddard. They had three daughters.

Alan Scholefield (15 January 1931 - 26 October 2017) was a South African writer famous for his Macrae and Silver series. Born in Cape Town, Scholefield was educated at Queen’s College, Queenstown and the University of Cape Town where he read Eng. Lit. and where he won an athletics blue and broke a South African junior record.

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As a Christian and voracious reader, I go through a lot of books. There are only 2 books I have read many times over and over again, and this is one (the other is Dallimore's George Whitefield). I read it once, immediately read it again, and then went right back into it a third time. I ended up leaving it at the airport, so I had to buy another copy.
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.
Hammer of God is a collection of three novellas each set about a century apart in the same region of Sweden. The novellas deal with issues of faith posed by certain aspects of Lutheran theology but which also have relevance to other traditions. The issues faced by characters in each story are largely the same though nuances vary. Stated broadly, the main problem involves finding a balance between the Lutheran emphasis on salvation as a pure gift from God and the desire of some characters to augment this doctrinal concept with some kind of personal moral or spiritual experience. Characters for whom faith is merely assent to dogma (many of them pastors) endure a life and ministry that is empty and ineffective while those who put the emphasis on moral behavior and ecstatic experience slip into a pattern of self-righteousness and a self-imposed demand for perfectionism that offers little comfort. In historic terms the stories recount the tension between a state run church and reform movements rooted in Pietism. Through these novellas Giertz tries to integrate the two by allowing his characters on both sides to discover an existential meaning in traditional teachings that releases their potential to serve as a basis for a satisfying spiritual life. These stories are well-written as one would expect from a classic in Christian literature. The issue involving personal religion versus dogmatic affirmation is timeless and universal. The stories are similar in theme and do not clearly reflect differences between the periods they supposedly take place. The plots of each tale are, however, compelling which makes Hammer of God an absorbing experience for any reader of any religious background.
This novel, translated from the original Swedish (in which language it was published seventy years ago), follows the stories of three separate pastors who pastor in the same Lutheran parish; first in 1810, then 1870, then in 1940. Each of these men, though a pastor, begins his story in a place of confusion about God and his Word. Through crisis events in their pastorate (an encounter with a dying parishioner, a fight between two church members, etc.), the pastors come to confront their own weakness of character and take hold of the Law of God. Having done so, each one eventually realizes the weakness of that Law to deliver anyone, since it brings only condemnation. Through the gracious providence of God, the men then separately come to embrace the true Gospel of Jesus Christ in all of its freedom and power.

This amazing little book nearly passed me by entirely. I can't remember who recommended it to me, but the Lord brought it into my life during my preaching through the book of Galatians (just at the beginning of Chapter 3) at a time in which my own thoughts were not as clear on these matters as I had imagined they were before I started the series on Galatians. The completely Bible-infused conversations and musings of Giertz's characters were a blessing and a refreshment to me like a pastoral word to my heart. Giertz places these truths in such appropriate contexts that the discussions (especially to someone like me in a pastoral role) never seem contrived or artificial, but stand out boldly as the bedrock truths they are.

Giertz was a staunch Lutheran, and he writes like one, with his high-church theology prominent especially in the last section. But those who disagree with his ecclesiology will still find much to bless and strengthen them. This book, like few others I've read, is recommended for any and all Christians.
This book is on lots of lists for must-reading for pastors, especially young ones. Now I know why. In the course of three novellas we learn from the struggles of three young Swedish Lutheran pastors who go through the dark night of the soul in their quest to formulate a framework for ministry and learn to deal with people (something you're not taught in seminary). That may not sound exciting, but the author is a gifted story-teller and you'll read just because he tells engaging tales. But there is a message, not a hit-you-over-the-head one, as is in much religious fiction. There's some profound lessons here, and I'm going to recommend this to my clergy reading group. I think it will spark quite a discussion.