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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.
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 ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Essential for anyone who is searching for a closer relationship to God.
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The book was very helpful to me because it reminded me to keep God before me at all times and serve him in everything do. Read more
Good Reading! For me, I need a more current updated simple version of what Tozer is talking about, had to read and re-read in order to understand.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book along with my 13 year old son and was so blessed...I can't believe I hadn't read it earlier! Read morePublished 9 days ago by Daniel A Courser Jr.
Great book. Dense prose. Had to read paragraphs sometimes twice to really grasp the statement.Published 12 days ago by Joe
What an amazing book. The modern church really needs to read this. Such an encouragement to stop living in the status quo of ChristianityPublished 13 days ago by Ctouch