The God That Answers By Fire by Joseph Hocking


Joseph Hocking is the Lutheran Librarian’s favorite Christian novelist. Though mostly forgotten now, during his lifetime he was widely read and greatly beloved throughout the English speaking world. Most of his books deal in some way with the struggles and conflicts of living as a Christian in the modern world.

The Lutheran Library is republishing many of Joseph Hocking’s novels. If you are willing to provide copies of any of Hocking’s 50 “lost” books, please contact us.

The God That Answers By Fire is the story of a pastor early in his career who is challenged by circumstances to move beyond his conventional faith.

Book Chapters

  • 1 Tamsin Rashleigh
  • 2 David Godolphin
  • 3 Nick And David
  • 4 Wentworth Hall
  • 5 Facing Realities
  • 6 David’s Dilemma
  • 7 Gildershaw
  • 8 The New Rector
  • 9 Tamsin And David
  • 10 David At Work
  • 11 The Vision And The Reality
  • 12 Dr. Bentham Talks
  • 13 The Colliery Explosion
  • 14 ‘sam I Sure?”
  • 15 David Speaks His Mind
  • 16 Then God Answered
  • 17 Certainty!
  • 18 Afterwards
  • 19 Criticism
  • 20 Dick Grimshaw’s Threat
  • 21 Tamsin And The Bishop
  • 22 Tamsin Discovers A Secret
  • 23 Misunderstandings
  • 24 Triumphant, But——?
  • 25 The Gildershaw Gazette
  • 26 Tamsin At The Rectory
  • 27 Bill Birtwhistle’s Idea

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Publication Information

  • Lutheran Library edition first published: 2023
  • Copyright: CC BY 4.0
Joseph Hocking
Joseph Hocking

Joseph Hocking (1860-1937), was a Cornish writer and United Methodist Free Church minister. His novels were immensely popular in his lifetime. Many of his 100 books are available at no charge from the Lutheran Library.