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The Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God: Their Meaning in the Christian Life Paperback – October 6, 2009
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This classic of Christian testimony and devotion explores the attributes of God in words that fly straight to the heart. A superb aid to strengthening and deepening the spiritual life, each chapter begins with a prayer, lucidly discusses a divine aspect--from God's infinity to God's love--and relates that aspect to today's world, while pointing always to God's wonder and inscrutability.
Tozer asserts that the cause of many of our modern spiritual woes is the loss in today's church of a lofty concept of God. He argues persuasively that the cure lies in our rediscovery of God's majesty. "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us," he writes. "The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man's spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God." The Knowledge of the Holy bears eloquent witness to the concept of God's majesty, encourages reverent meditation on the being of God, and offers a way to bring back spiritual power to our lives.
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In this work, Tozer concentrates on the attributes of God. So deep are the words here that despite the text's slim 117 pages, it is difficult to digest the sage wisdom. I'm a fast reader, but three hours of reading only got me to page 70.
The twenty-three chapters include:
* The Holy Trinity
* The Self-existence of God
* The Divine Omniscience
* The Faithfulness of God
* The Justice of God
* The Sovereignty of God
and so on. Each section opens with a prayer, then moves into keen analysis, pulling in the Bible, old hymns, the writings of the Church fathers, and more. And each chapter is better than the next; I have never read a more quotable work, nor one more filled with sources for meditation.
Books like this belong in every serious Christian's library. Tozer's penetrating observations cross all denomination lines and conflict with no Christian doctrinal position I know of. There is no controversy here with the sole exception that 1961's "The Knowledge of the Holy" shows the paucity of genuine Christian thought among today's writers. By looking back, looking at the present, and gazing into the future, Tozer gives us a view of God for the ages.
One of the finest Christian books ever written and possibly the best on the nature of God.
This book reminds us that we are not to mistake God for a nice fellow whose job is to help us out. No, this one is an earth-shaking book. It inspires awe in the hearts of the fainted, it awakes you from your self-deluding day-dreams. By describing His attributes (holiness, immutability, divine omniscience, wisdom, omnipotence, transcendence, omnipresence, faithfulness, goodness, justice, mercy, grace, love, sovereignty...) is describes Him, and it produces a humbling experience in us so great that we feel embarrassed to spend so much time thinking of ourselves and so little of Him.
It is a shame that we only remember Him to ask favors or to thank Him mechanically for blessings; if we only took some time to really focus on Him, to contemplate all His attributes, what He is and does in the world and in our lives. If we could only appreciate Him more completely, and not so narrowly... it would be humbling and awe-inspiring.
This book really helps those who have a mechanical faith: a faith that has stopped growing because the focus has narrowed into attitudes like: "business as usual", or "it's all about me", or "what should I do". And we don't think about Him (the Trinity) actually; we think about things, whether spiritual or worldy, but things anyhow. Well, stop or you'll extenuate yourself. Focus of Him: Father, Son & Holy Spirit. How? Here are His attributes explained. It gives a completely new meaning to the words 'praise and worship' because, when you finish the book, you'll really know Who you are praising and worshipping. It won't be mechanical any longer.
Then we can truly say that knowing Him is loving Him. Amen.
The purity of AW Tozer. Both The Knowledge of the Holy and The Pursuit of God are considered Christian Classic literature. Each chapter is maybe 5-6 pages long, but will leave you deep in thought, enabling you to see God as you never thought possible.
After having been through the series, Behold Your God, our men's group followed up this excellent teaching with The Knowledge of the Holy. After reading just a few chapters, it leads you to a realization, as Tozer teaches, that the purest way to God is through faith and love, in real relationship, and not through the intellect. Because man is a finite being, earth bound and given to his own reconceived notions of God, we are likely to build idolatrous views of God in the mind and intellect. God is all loving, and because He is, He desires to be in intimate relationship with each one of us. Once we undertake such a pursuit, God takes you on a spiritual journey that will last a lifetime. Love the Lord your God and pursue Him only. Chapter 21, on the Holiness of God, could be one of his best.
I started reading it at my normal pace...but quickly understood this one is a study book!
I read it with a ruler, pen to underline, and highlighter all 'at the ready' - every page practically is got my writing all over it.
The book pulls NO punches....it's a wonderful form of 'tough love' in a world where God's word and God himself has been TOO watered down into a 'nice politically correct package' that allows people to justify their fleshly choices.
I loved it - we loved it. It's a Blessing for sure