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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc (Nov. 12 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578988519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578988518
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
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About the Author

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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Grover Gardner renders Tozers classic work of man in pursuit of the Divine with empathy and sensitivity. He speaks with certitude Tozers comments on mans search for spiritual maturity and his definition of that search as man seeking an intimate relationship with his Maker. However, Tozer believes modern Christians lack the spiritual receptivity to see God in the ordinary. Tozer reminds listeners that mans emptiness and restlessness themselves are from the Divine and that peace can only be found in Him. This is an excellent book for any Christian, whether a new believer or one with a mature relationship with God. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Aiden Wilson Tozer was a man who did not have a formal theological education. However, he wrote a book that could well be a complementary reading to a systematic theology textbook, further explaining the things of God where the systematic theology text does not go into. In fact, Tozer even said that "The books on systematic theology overlook this [the things he discusses], but the wise will understand." His deep insights would definitely come from God himself, and I am humbled by the life of Tozer who takes much time in prayer, study, and seeking the mind of God. His life as described by James Synder in the forward truly depicted a man in pursuit of God. Leonard Ravenhill once said of Tozer as "Men like him are not college bred but Spirit taught."
For a book written in 1949, this man was ahead of his time, and what he wrote about is still relevant and applicable today. His writing sounds to me like that of a modern day prophet, who could see into the happenings of Christianity, to foretell and forth-tell what would be problems ahead of us, and warn us of the impending dangers if we do not get back onto the straight and narrow (Matt 7:13-14). As I read this book, I can relate it to Christianity today, the pitfalls and the dangers which Tozer had warned about more than half a century ago. There are many warnings that Tozer had put forth, and I will attempt to draw some of the lessons of Tozer to what is happening today.
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Right from the opening of the book, the preface already sounds a rebuke to Bible teachers who do not go beyond the fundamentals to teach in and with the presence of God.
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I read the second chapter, The blessedness of possessing nothing, for my bible study class. I liked the message of not letting possesions own us, but I had a few problems with some of the things Tozer wrote. Tozer said that, "The pronouns 'my' and 'mine' look innocent enough in print but... ...They are verbal symptoms of our deep disease." Those pronouns show ownership. They are a nessesary part of our language. According to the bible, it was God who introduced the concept of ownership to man in Genesis 1:28-30. It seems clear to me that many people do chase after worldly possesions but words like my and mine are not evidence of this. His statment sounds nice and spiritual but it is not true.
I also had a problem with the interpritation of the Abraham and Isaac story. Tozer charecterized the father son relationship as "perilous" and said that God had to save them from the "consequences of an uncleansed love." I have never seen any evidence of this in the scriptures. Was he making this up or did I miss something? Tozer goes on to respectfuly imagine that Abraham wrestled with his self-life in agony all night over wether or not to obey God or save his son from the alter. This may or may not have happened but God saw fit to leave it out of the scriptures if it did. Instead the passage focuses on Abraham's obedience and faith in God. Tozer also puts imagined words in God's mouth explaining the reason for the trial to Abraham, "I wanted to corect the perversoin that existed in your love." Huh??? I can't find anything that implys that in my bible.
Tozer respectfuly imagined a story to conveniently fit the point he was trying to make. I guess he wrote it on a train or something, in one sitting. It kind of reads like that. Its like one of my bad english essays that I write off the top of my head and fill with sweet smelling BS because I don't feel like doing the proper reserch.
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In The Pursuit of God, Tozer explores much of what is wrong with Christianity today. There are an abundance of Christians who don't know exactly what to do. It is not unusual for someone to came back from an altar call thinking "Now what?". This book holds that answer. Especially interesting was the very last chapter dealing with the common separation of spiritual and secular activities, in which Tozer explains that there does not have to be, indeed, should not be any distinction. All acts, whether commonly thought of as spiritual or secular, can and should be holy. These acts, executed with the proper motive will be happily accepted by God as acts of holiness, regardless of their seeming insignificance to others.
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I couldn't have picked a better book by Tozer to read (this being the first book I've read by him) than THE PURSUIT OF GOD.
This chilling, touching and penetrating page-turner will have you underlining until your pen runs out. So many profound insights, I had to check the date to believe that it was really written almost 50 years ago. If only the church has listened to Tozer more carefully, then we (as the Church) would be an entirely different place.
I guarantee you, this book will not let you down. If you like Brennan Manning, C.S. Lewis and Ken Gire...then you will love Tozer's fascinating THE PURSUIT OF GOD! I read it in one night it was so good. Read it. Breathe it. Live it. Amen. :)
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Tozer speaks as one who has been in the presence of the King and the aroma of heaven clings to the pages of his book. The Pursuit of God was one of the first really great books I read. One of my mentors loaned it to me when I was nineteen years old and facing a period of decisive surrender in important areas of my life. The second chapter, called "The Blessedness of Possessing Nothing," was especially meaningful to me. Everything Tozer wrote was good and I could give a blanket recommendation to his other works. His books are brief, but not shallow. I highly recommend The Pursuit of God. Follow it up with Man: The Dwelling Place of God, another of Tozer's great books.
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