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The Pursuit of God by [Tozer, A. W. (Aiden Wilson)]
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About the Author

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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  • File Size: 300 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1503379744
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TQ8GP2
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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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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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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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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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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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"The Pursuit of God" seems to be A. W. Tozer's attempt to rectify a situation he felt was getting out of hand. That people were going through the motions in Christianity without really having a heart for God.

Some of the chapter titles in this book like "The Universal Presence" may make the modern reader think they are reading something New Age but that is not at all the case. I had confidence that this was going to be inspirational.

This turns out to be a book written by a famous pastor in Chicago back in the 40s. It is written for devout Christians or anyone who is aspiring to be one. It is written in an intellectual way which is a joy to read. It was refreshing to read a book which encourages the reader to have a more personal relationship with God instead of just wanting something from God, like prosperity gospel preaches. After all, how would you like it if your friends only talked to you to ask you for things? God is a person who knows when you love him or not.

This book teaches that the real treasures are eternal. A. W. Tozer presents principles you can put into practice and ends each chapter with a meaningful prayer that is sure to open your heart to spiritual possibilities.

The soul that is in love with God will really adore this book. If you want to love and obey God and become more humble, this book has lots to offer. I also like that this book talks about how God is still talking to us, he didn't stop talking when the Bible was compiled and finished.

The only thing I found a bit strange about this book was the negative attitude towards celebrating holy days. Perhaps the author is trying to say that all days can be holy. That is fine, but celebrating can bring you into a deeper experience.
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