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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Wingspread; 1st edition (February 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160066184X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600661846
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A.W. TOZER began his lifelong pursuit of God at the age of seventeen after hearing a street preacher in Akron, Ohio. A self-taught theologian, Tozer was a pastor, writer and editor whose powerful use of words continues to grip the intellect and stir the soul of today's reader. Among his best-loved books are the classics The Pursuit of God and The Attributes of God.

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This is a read a page and mediate on it book.
Ron Staebell
Tozer does a great job of describing the relationship of the Holy Spirit to the believer.
Paul Daka
I would recommend it for everyone's "must read" book list.
Ken Ellis

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Rocco B. Rubino on June 15, 2007
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AW Tozer's works have one aim in sight; that the believer walk with God in Spirit and in Truth. His holy zeal is for nothing more than for the believer to have an experience with the living God, and not be content with what Paul called "having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof."

It is fitting that Rev. Tozer would begin this work with the scripture from Ecclesiastes, Chapter 12 v. 12 "And further, by these, my son, be admonished : of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh."

One merely has to go to their Christian bookstore and see that there is an endless supply of spiritual books, promising everything from wealth and riches in this life, deliverance, a Godly marriage, prayer, etc. However Rev. Tozer's writings are on an altogether higher spiritual plain. His Christianity is without pretense or promises. His one aim is to "know Him in the power of His resurrection and in the fellowship of His sufferings." Tozer's words cut to the quick. You can see that as he received his insight by revelation it required that he go to the same Cross he is pointing the rest of us to.

Tozer spares not what he calls "the Adamic ego." Whether we refer to this as "the flesh," or the "old man," the fact remains that there MUST be a death if we are to ever become what God ordained us to be.

Tozer is a firm believer in prevenient grace; God is on the throne at all times. Approaching this great and august Being presumptuously is to do so in vain. To Tozer, God was not an inference, a deduction, but rather a reality.

I can honestly say that I can only read a page or two of Tozer's writings at one sitting.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Ann Blevins on June 7, 2007
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God's Pursuit of Man is A. W. Tozer's prequel to The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst For the Divine, companion books that explore the truth of Philippians 3:12 (although I do not recall Tozer's referencing this scripture): "Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus."

In this book, the author further develops truths about what is required for intimate communion between redeemed man and God by shifting his focus from man to God, but not entirely. He still writes quite a bit about man's part, particularly the imperative command of God that His own be separate from the world, and the absolute necessity of our uncompromising obedience to God in this regard, His having left us no middle road of compromise.

I love that early in the book he says, "Without doubt we have suffered the loss of many spiritual treasures because we have let slip the simple truth that the miracle of the perpetuation of life is in God" (p. 11). The simple assimilation of this "simple truth" by believers could go far toward our overall understanding of, not just what God has, but who God is, what God is all about, what He does and desires to do, in, through and for us, and how He chooses to do so. It could also help to balance doctrinal difference which divide seekers and believers from each other. For example, Tozer is a trinitarian, a fact that may be sufficient to turn oneness believers away from his writings; I think that would be unfortunate.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John Hisey on October 11, 2008
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One of the best books I have ever read. This book captures the heart of the gospel - that it is really God who pursues man and not man who pursues God. He has in His plan from the foundation of the world been in pursuit of us. He created us, watched us fall in the garden, used His chosen people to demonstrate grace and then at the planned moment in time sent His Son out of eternity into the world as the only way back to Him.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joel D. Weber on January 14, 2010
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As with his other book, Tozer works mightily to describe what should be the aim and walk of every true believer. His words are carefully chosen and his sentences pregnant with heavy truths.

I have used this book for my morning devotions for 2 main reasons. First, unlike most devotion books, Tozer does not try to offer you a witty quote or few sentences for the day - but will rightly engage your whole person in important truths spanning some 10 pages per chapter. Finally something one can chew, ponder and pray over.
Second, what Tozer writes is not milk by any stretch. His insights into the trinity, the entanglements of the world and our refusal to truly follow the cross of Christ are heavy items for long reflection. He is gentle but unflinching in his appraisal of false Christianity and the diluted teachings of the church. With support from Scripture, Tozer points every believer to cast away the world and its lies, while teaching us to reverence and love all three persons of the Godhead.
Tozer fills the gap in presenting Scripture and insights into the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He does not leave any out and further, claims that to do so is deny the other two.

I encourage the reading of Tozer for the deepening of your walk with God, your fashioning yourself after Christ, and securing the indwelling Spirit.
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More About the Author

The late Dr. A. W. Tozer was well known in evangelical circles both for his long and fruitful editorship of the Alliance Witness as well as his pastorate of one of the largest Alliance churches in the Chicago area. He came to be known as the Prophet of Today because of his penetrating books on the deeper spiritual life.

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