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A. W. 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. Among the more than 40 books that he authored, at least two are regarded as Christian classics: The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy. His books impress on the reader the possibility and necessity for a deeper relationship with God. Living a simple and non-materialistic lifestyle, he and his wife, Ada Cecelia Pfautz, never owned a car, preferring bus and train travel. Even after becoming a well-known Christian author, Tozer signed away much of his royalties to those who were in need. Tozer had seven children, six boys and one girl. He was buried in Ellet Cemetery, Akron, Ohio, with a simple epitaph marking his grave: "A. W. Tozer - A Man of God." Prayer was of vital personal importance for Tozer. His preaching as well as his writings were but extensions of his prayer life. He had the ability to make his listeners face themselves in the light of what God was saying to them.
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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. The key is to continually gaze at Jesus.
6. “One of the greatest hindrances to internal peace which the Christian encounters is the common habit of dividing our lives into two areas – the sacred and the secular.” Whatever we do we should do it all for the Lord.
would highly recommend the Pursuit of God to anyone wanting to go deeper with God. I am sure if you read it you will get something different than what I laid out above, but I believe whatever you get would greatly help your relationship with Jesus.
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. Enjoying certain foods, saying certain prayers, going to special services...this does not detract from life, but enhances it.
What I learned mostly from this book was how we can make every simple good deed in life a priestly ministration. As long as we are doing everything for the glory of God, even cleaning the shower can become meaningful and not just something you have to endure.
~The Rebecca Review