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About the Author

Aiden Wilson Tozer (1897-1963) was an American Christian pastor, preacher, author, magazine editor, Bible conference speaker, and spiritual mentor. For his work, he received two honorary doctorate degrees.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Stori Imprint (August 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1629100137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1629100135
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,445 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,013,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth H. Cottrell on February 17, 2012
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I read this on my Kindle, and my 14 pages of highlights and notes are testament to the fact that I found it highly interesting and helpful in my understanding of how to have a personal relationship with a living God. The bottom line idea that Tozer wishes to portray is that we must use the analogy of any personal relationship we wish to cultivate. "We have almost forgotten that God is a Person and, as such, can be cultivated as any person can." If we want to have a better relationship with a person, we don't go out and read about it (the irony of this statement in a book review does not escape me)...or go to lectures about it...we spend time with that person and try to find out what makes them tick. The entire book is exploring the challenges of doing this with a higher power we can't see.

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.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Abrown on December 26, 2013
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This is a great book. I recommend it to any mature Christian wanting to grow deeper and closer to God. It's not a lying, fluffy,feel good about yourself book. It's all according to the Bible.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Wolfe on May 22, 2013
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I’ve heard A. W. Tozer quoted many times by persons I admire and respect, particularly from a spiritual standpoint. Since I hadn’t read Tozer, I decided I needed to sample his thinking and his writing. I’m glad I did.

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.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By lisa t hardesty on February 7, 2014
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This book is an excellent resource for anyone who wants a deeper relationship with the Lord. It causes one to think about their current spiritual condition and ask the question, "Do I have the hunger and thirst for God that I should have as a believer?"
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chrisson on November 29, 2012
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This is the first book that I have ever read 3 times in succession, and I plan to reread it again in the near future. There are many nuggets to be found in its pages. If you have a true desire to pursue God and get to know Him intimately, following the instructions in this book is a good place to start. I especially like the prayers at the end of each chapter which helps to summarize the chapter and provide the action to take on the journey to pursuing God.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shorter on October 7, 2014
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If you want to experience the joys of Christian living, I highly encourage you to read this book. Tozer’s goal of this book was to aid God’s hungry children so to find Him (via preface of book). Here are some of the things I love about this book:

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.
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