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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Regal (February 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830746897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830746897
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

A.W. Tozer earned a legendary reputation as a prophetic voice, and he continues to be a bestselling author half a century after his death. A preacher at heart, he found his greatest joy in practicing the presence of God.Worship was his focus and his passion. His sermons were such a strong declaration of what he discovered during private prayer and worship of the triune God that he had both the ability and the Spirit’s anointing to move his listeners to wrestle with what God was saying to the Church. His writings carry the same message with the same result to a new generation of worshipers. The Purpose of Man is the perfect introduction to Tozer. Drawn from messages he called his best teaching, this book will also delight those already familiar with, moved by and changed by his other classics. What Tozer offers on the subject of worship here in The Purpose of Man will challenge you to reconsider your life’s priorities while at the same time hold out a cup of Living Water for your soul.

About the Author

A. W. TOZER embarked upon a lifelong pursuit of God at the age of 17 after hearing a street preacher in Akron, Ohio. He was a self-taught pastor, writer and editor whose powerful messages continue to grip the hearts and stir the souls of today’s believers. Follow his quotes at tozeraw@twitter.com.

James L. Snyder, general editor, is the pastor of the Family of God Fellowship in Ocala, Florida. He is recognized as an authority on the life and ministry of A.W. Tozer and has written a number of books and essays in Christian periodicals about Tozer. Snyder has a weekly radio ministry and writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column.

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All I can say is, "Wow!"
Michael Winningham
While reading Tozer, Your heart will prompt you to constantly raise your thoughts, words, and hands to God in joyous worship.
Average Joe
This book is life changing book to read and practice.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By The Least of These on April 2, 2009
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First, who am I to judge anything written by this amazing man of God? They say fools rush in where angels fear to tread. So, here I go. The passion of a true worshipper of God comes through in this excellent read on every page. Perhaps reflective of his own spiritual journey and awareness of "wasted time" in seeing, understanding, and make his own the sacrament of worship, Tozer makes a exceptional strong case for rediscovering our privilege, opportunity, and injunction to worship God. I found myself wanting to highlight so many quotes and passages that, if I had followed my urges, the whole book would have been canary yellow. You will understand the who, what, when, where, why, and how of worship. He speaks as someone who obviously has been there done that. BUY THIS BOOK!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Michael Winningham on December 7, 2009
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All I can say is, "Wow!" For quite a while now, I have felt that the church of God has lost its original purpose and that we are searching in all the wrong places for God's approval. We are so caught up in programs and entertainment that we are not functioning as God wants us to function. I was never able to put into words what I felt, but this book changed all of that. In my case, I'm a musician. I never really felt I had a problem with my music philosophy until I read this book. Having reading this book, my attitude has changed forever. In this book, Tozer gives clear, Bible-based requirements for worship. These are not ideas that he has formulated himself; they are ideas that come directly from the Word of God. I came out of the book realizing that music is not essential to worship; nor are many other things that churches often consider "essential" in a proper worship service. The idea of worship being a continuous state of mind is an ever-present thought throughout the book. Tozer's thought-the fact that so much of what our churches do "in the name of God" is worthless without worship-hit me very hard. This book is both inspiring in its push for a more simple and straightforward worship, and daunting as I think of the uphill battle that it is going to be trying to get churches steeped in tradition to change their ways. Regardless, this book is a must-have for any serious person seeking to get back to the basics of true Biblical worship.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By vunglaub on November 9, 2010
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A. W. Tozer's collection of writings on worship read as intimate as the subject itself. Tozer's words come as a brotherly and fatherly message to the reader. It is as if he were sitting in your living room preaching the secret of the Christian walk. With illustrations from all of creation, scripture and "sound doctrine" , he leads the reader to understand true worship. Tozer , himself, holds your hand as he enters you into the Holy prescence of God giving you a spiritual tug to walk in a way natural for your spiritual gait.

This book, written generations ago, is now timely and relevant for the Church today. It is a must read for every disciple of Christ and especially those leading in the Church. It presents the true heart of God in our worship of Him. Most importantly, it teaches the Christian not only that they are saved but for what they are saved for. . an intimate relationship with God.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. R. Murphy on April 6, 2010
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WOW! I can't imagine what would come from the pen of this great servant of God on the present condition of much of what is passed off as the church's message of seeker friendly, entertainment driven, let's not offend, upset, scare off, or call to repentance with clarity the message of The Kingdom which Christ preached.
A MUST READ for every minister of the Gospel. The reason we exist is not to deliver great sermons, produce good music, build buildings, community outreach and social work, nor primarly to do evangelism: WORSHIP that is acceptable to God on His terms first, then the (works) we do become acceptable and are not wood, hay and stuble...May HIS Glory return thru WORSHIP that honors HIM ~ Read and Re-Read..
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Lonas on April 14, 2010
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A.W. Tozer (1897-1963), the longtime Christian and Missionary Alliance pastor, speaker, and magazine editor, is probably best known for two of his many books, The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy. Now Pastor and Tozer biographer James Snyder has put together in book form a never-before-published series of his messages on the nature of life.

The Purpose of Man is easily recognized as classic Tozer--a to-the-point, unvarnished description of man's created purpose, his fall from it, and his need to put aside distractions and return to it. As with all his best works, the most distinctive feature of this book is an unwavering focus on the Lord and His relationship to us.

Over 14 chapters, Tozer paints a picture of mankind created in God's image to uniquely reflect His glory and worship Him who has fallen in sin and forgotten that purpose. He points out that we have an enemy whose goal is to keep us from our purpose and calls believers to actively rediscover the mystery and majesty of true worship. He builds a mature definition of the Church as a "company of worshippers" and defines religion and ritual as the antithesis of worship. Worship is, he ultimately concludes, the fullest expression of our direct relationship to God with the person of Jesus Christ as its focal point.

For both Tozer fans and the uninitiated, The Purpose of Man is an engaging read put together in a straightforward, personable style that the Spirit has used (and will continue to use) mightily to change hearts and build God's kingdom. The issues raised and exposited here are perhaps more relevant today than when they were first addressed--the Church suffers from an acute lack of true worship, and Tozer's voice from the past offers solid, scriptural solutions to our ongoing spiritual problems.
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