Sunday, March 20, 2011

From the Library of A. W. Tozer

A Collection of Writings That Shaped 
One of the Most Influential 
Pastors of the Twentieth Century

Pull back the curtain on the life and mind of A. W. Tozer as you read selections from the authors and thinkers who influenced his spiritual journey. Without their words to serve as guides, Tozer never would have become the man of God that he was. Drink deeply from these selections, chosen to emphasize major themes from Tozer's life and ministry--worship, practicing the presence of God, living the Christian life. As you do, you too will grow in your devotion to and understanding of God.

Book Review

Have you ever read anything by A. W. Tozer?    He has written quite a few books:  "The Pursuit of God", "The Knowledge of the Holy", "The Divine Conquest", "Wingspread" and "Let My People Go".

Some of my favorites quotes come from Tozer:

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us."

"I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven." 

"The fact of God is necessary for the fact of man. Think God away and man has no ground of existence." 

A. W. (Aiden Wilson) Tozer heard a street preacher one day on the way home from working at a tire company.     The street preacher simple said, "If you don't know how to be saved.... call on God."    A. W. felt God so strongly that he went home and crawled up into his attic and did exactly that.      He began studying God's Word.     Five years after beginning his relationship he was asked to pastor a church.    The first church led to 44 years of ministry.

One of the reasons Tozer resonates with me so much is that he felt like churches tried too hard to mesh wordly concerns into the church life.     They were forgetting the "do not conform to this world" Scriptures.     He wrote many sermons and prayed many hours over this concern.     

Prayer was the root of all things in Tozer's life.    He wrote his sermons out of his prayer time.    He lived his life out of his convictions from the time he spent in prayer.    He made no decisions without spending time with our Father.

Reading this book gave a wonderful peek into Tozer's studies for his sermons.

Disclaimer:  As part of Blogging for Books, I did receive this book for free.  The fact that I received complimentary products does not guarantee a favorable review.  It does guarantee a review. A fair review. But I am not going to praise something unless I think it deserves the praise.  If I don't like it, you'll hear that.  And hopefully with enough detail as to why so you can decide for yourself if what I hate about it makes it perfect for your family.

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