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The Pursuit of God Paperback – August 7, 2013
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He does not shirk the challenges of this or the inevitability of doubts, fears, and digressions. This, to me, made the book more authentic. "Whoever will listen will hear the speaking of Heaven...Believing, then, is directing the heart's attention to Jesus."
The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is because its language--probably by virtue of its having been written in the 1940s--was a bit stilted at times. There were also a few times when I thought he crossed the line into preaching instead of sharing, and also making assumptions about his readers and what they already accept or believe that might not be true.
One of the things I most enjoyed was the prayer at the end of each chapter. In spite of language, these felt very contemporary to me, and resonated with thoughts and feelings that I struggle with in my own prayer life and spiritual journey.
If you have a Kindle, download a sample and see if it seems appealing to you. If you're looking at a hard copy in a bookstore, the Introduction and Preface will give you a good feel for it.
Tozer seems to be one of those who is very intellectual but doesn’t try to pass himself off as an intellectual. So appreciated! Nonetheless, I’m grateful that he doesn’t “talk down” to the reader... that is, to treat him as if he were bereft of a lexicon. If he grasps for a word to give perfect clarity to his thought, he doesn’t hold back from using it. Again... appreciated. And his vocabulary appears to be significant.
Now, to what is important: I think I must have chosen well in The Pursuit of God. This rather short book gets right to the point in his well-chosen thoughts about the current state of modern society and its draw to modern man. So he suggests those varied ways that we can avoid the morass of the evil that pervades the culture at every turn. Succinctly, he mentions and describes the ways that each of us can focus more clearly on things of God, and how to keep Him at the forefront of our waking hours each day. All of that is to say that God, via the Christ of Calvary, MUST be the overarching focus of each of us throughout every day of our lives. He surely must have been just that for the author.
I suspect I will be reading more by A. W. Tozer.
1. “The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him.” Tozer explains the paradox of the importance of pursuing God. Even though as Christians we are going to heaven and we experience God’s unchanging love, there are still privileges of continuing to dive into God. God is looking for people He can lavish His blessings on, and those people are the ones who are diving into their relationship with Him.
2. “Self is the opaque veil that hides the face of God from us.” Jesus’ death on the cross removed the veil that was hinder us from coming to God. There is nothing on God’s end keeping us from experiencing the presence of God. And yet, most of us do not experience God personally or experientially in life. We keep ourselves from God.
3. “To most people God is an inference, not a reality. He is a deduction from evidence which they consider adequate, but He remains personally unknown to the individual.” If God is real, then He must be relevant to our lives.
4. “It is the nature of God to speak, to communicate his thoughts to others.” God is not silent. God did not forget how to talk when the Bible was finished. He sees that plans He has for your life and wants to lead you into them.
5. “Jesus taught that His power lay in His continual look at God” (John 5:19-21). This is still a kind of radical thought for me, but Jesus did nothing on earth out of His Godhead. Everything He did is something we can do through the power of the Holy Spirit.Read more ›
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A very heart felt book sharing the nearness of our God as revealing his desire to be personal in more ways than we had experience.Published 1 day ago by Kindle Customer
This book speaks to the soul. It resonates in a timeless way. Read this book. It will give such encouragement.Published 2 days ago by Jesse A Gibbs
Great book. I also got it through Audible and listen to it repeatdly. This book was written in the 1940's and is still very much relevant today.Published 3 days ago by Ray
I just finished re-reading "The Pursuit of God", and I received as much, if not more, the second time around. Truly Inspirational and timeless.Published 4 days ago by Fathertime
I appreciate the prose and inspiration presented and accurately conveyed. Highly recommend a read and re-read. You'll be very blessed.Published 5 days ago by MooseMan347