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"The Root of the Righteous remains one of my favorite books by A.W. Tozer. (I've reviewed 22 Tozer books to give you some perspective.)

Why do I keep reading Tozer? Why would I recommend him to others? Because I find that even though these sermons were preached decades ago, his messages remain relevant. He has a fiery way of speaking--or writing. He's zealous for the Lord and for the things of the Lord. He's not timid in issuing challenges to believers. His love for God is evident in every book of his that I've ever read. And that love for God is matched for his love of the truth as revealed in the Word of God. There is nothing casual about how Tozer treats the Bible or the God that Bible reveals. His books urge readers--believers--to take God seriously, to pick up the Word of God for themselves, to trust and obey. Tozer reminds his readers that how they live matters, and they need to be growing in knowledge and holiness.

I would describe Tozer as a devotional theologian. That is, his writings may read like a devotional, but, they have great depth and substance.

What does a Christian life look like? How should we live as Christians in this world? How should we spend our time? What should matter to us? The Root of the Righteous addresses how believers should live their lives. Many, many subjects are covered within these 46 chapters.

Tozer challenges believers in their complacency, in their laziness. Seek God, seek more of Him always, grow in your faith, don't be satisfied to remain where you are, never settle! Take God seriously! Live your creed--as if you actually believe what you say you do.

Favorite quotes:

"We please Him most, not by frantically trying to make ourselves good, but by throwing ourselves into His arms with all our imperfections, and believing that He understands everything and loves us still."

"In every Christian's heart there is a cross and a throne, and the Christian is on the throne till he puts himself on the cross; if he refuses the cross he remains on the throne. Perhaps this is at the bottom of the backsliding and worldliness among gospel believers today. We want to be saved but we insist that Christ do all the dying. No cross for us, no dethronement, no dying."

Reviewed by Becky Laney, Net Galley, Jun 26, 2015

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

Poverty of soul has but one relief

The essence of the Christian life is communion with God. To neglect Him is to neglect the Fount of the Living, to toil and sweat from a thirsty heart. In this collection of short essays, Tozer calls us from the deserts we wander to the life we need: Christ Jesus the Lord.

For the Christian eager to bear fruit-the busy one bearing little, the young one wanting growth, or the older growing weak-The Root of the Righteous is indispensable. Incisive and encouraging, Tozer heaps truth upon truth to help you live the nourished life.

The Root of the Righteous is a favorite among fans of Tozer. In every chapter-each fewer than five pages-his penetrating wisdom will help you cultivate a pure heart, a full spirit, and a life that bears fruit, all as you abide in God.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: WingSpread Publishers; New Edition edition (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600660177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600660177
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a shame that this book does not have more information provided by Amazon. I have read some thirty of Tozer's books and The Root of the Righteous is far and above the best of his editorial writings. While certain other collections better focus on a particular subject, for sheer passion, power and insight this book is unsurpassed. There was a time when I even considered it Tozer's best work (even ahead of The Pursuit of God)! I would highly recommend it to anyone--particularly if you are a fan of Tozer's writing because of its force and intensity.
The Root of the Righteous is 185 pages long, including 46 editorials and a preface by A.W. Tozer.
Sampling of Chapter Titles:
1. The Root of the Righteous
2. We Must Give Time to God
4. Listen to the Man Who Listens to God
5. We Must Hear Worthily
9. Bible Taught or Spirit Taught?
11. No Regeneration Without Reformation
16. Christ Is the Pattern
20. We Stand in Christ's Triumph
27. The Presence More Important than the Program
29. The Hunger of the Wilderness
From the Back Cover:
"No man has any right to offer advice who has not first heard God speak. No man has any right to counsel others who is not ready to hear and follow the sound counsel of the Lord." (From Chapter 4)
"The idea that God will pardon a rebel who has not given up his rebellion is contrary both to the Scriptures and to common sense. How horrible to contemplate a church full of persons who have been pardoned but who still love sin and hate the ways of righteousness." (From Chapter 11)
"To pray effectively it is required of us that there be no unblessed areas in our lives, no parts of the mind or soul that are not inhabited by the Spirit, no impure desires allowed to live within us, no disparity between our prayers and our conduct." (From Chapter 24)
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An "oldie but goodie" this book takes you back to the true biblical perspective of our true relationship with the Father. It will help to set you free from old legalistic thinking of a "hard to please" God and reacquaint you with the Father's loving merciful heart. A highly recommended book for fundamentalist, evangelical, or pentecostal-charismatic. An excellent "back-to -the-basics" book for those wanting a deeper understanding of our "sonship." I know you'll love it!! Pastor Mark Bryan
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Tozer speaks the truth of God plainly, simply, and powerfully. This book is a delight of bite-sized teachings by the master.
Tozer's deep love for God saturates each sentence. "[God] is all love, and those who trust Him need never know anything but that love." and "[God] is not hard to please, though He may be hard to satisfy."
But Tozer is no softy...he challenges, exhorts, and convicts skillfully using the sword of the Spirit. "Many a solo is sung to show off; many a sermon is preached as an exhibition of talent; many a church is founded as a slap at ome other church." and "Lacking love, prophets, teachers, orators, philanthropists and martyrs are sent away without reward."
Thanks, Tozer. I needed all the observations that you have leanred and written.
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This book has several short essays on Christian life, most of which impressed deeply upon me - Tozer's exhortations drive you deeper into relationship with God and are immensely encouraging and challenging at the same time.
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This is the second of a 10 book series of Tozer's best-loved works, the first being what I understand to be his most loved work: The Pursuit of God, which if you haven't read, do so, and repeatedly.

I love Tozer's heart for God. He makes so much sense about a right relationship with our Maker. This small book (143 pages in my version) is a series of 46 two to three page essays, covering a variety of topics including: "The Great God Entertainment", "The Cross is a Radical Thing", and my two particular favourites: "The Whole Life must Pray" and "We must Die if we would Live."

Each essay is to the point, usually quotes Scripture, and challenges the reader to spend more time with God and less time on themselves. As the back cover of my particular edition states:

"Progress in the Christian Life is exactly equal to the growing knowledge we gain of the Triune God in personal experience. And such experience requires a whole life devoted to it and plenty of time spent at the holy task of cultivating God. God can be known satisfactorily only as we devote time to Him."

In our too busy lives, we can give God fleeting moments, when He desires to walk with us all day every day. This series of essays challenges us to seek Him more and more so that we can enjoy the wonderful fruits of an intimate relationship.

Another beauty from Tozer. Now to the third instalment.
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Most Christians tend to look for the fruit as evidence of a transformed life - Tozer reminds the reader that the root of righteousness produces fruit. Regardless of whether you can see the evidence of a life rooted in Christ, the goal of the Christian life is not solely the outward expression, but rather the inward transformation. This book was a surprisingly wonderful and challenging read. I really enjoyed how the chapters are broken down into 2 or 3 page selections making up 46 chapters for this book. Quick and easy to digest biblical wisdom - great book.
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