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Great Book! This is an excellent reference guide for those serious about walking righteously in fellowship with God. It's not a book meant to be read once, but many times because the subject content is excellent and will provide a fresh perspective with each reading. ...more info
Wonderful Message I'm not sure if this book has received a new copy edit or not, but I didn't find any of the problems that are listed here by others in my copy. I did find a lot of esoteric words that some (okay probably most) people might have thought were typos. Here's a very brief list of these words, adamic, hymnody, mediatorial, summun bonum, supsurgings, devouted, spirital. These are all actual words and not typos. I find myself wondering if the problem here is with the copyediting or with the fact that very few people have the necessary background to recognize all the theological jargon contained herein for what it is. That aside, this book has a wonderful message....more info
The Father Seeketh Such to Worship Him "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him." John 4:23, KJV
Every soul exists and was created by God for His pleasure. Adam's fall introduced a breach in man's proper relationship with God; namely, God in absolute lordship, and man in absolute surrender. It is in apprehending that for which we are also apprehended of Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:12) -- in other words, pursuing God who first pursues us -- that this right relationship may be restored.
Tozer has written many precious treasures of truth in this classic work, but I think that the purpose, scope and intent of the book may best be summarized in the following excerpt:
"In our desire after God let us keep always in mind that God also has desire, and His desire is toward the sons of men, and more particularly toward those sons of men who will make the once-for-all decision to exalt Him over all. Such as these are precious to God above all treasures of earth or sea. In them God finds a theater where He can display His exceeding kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. With them God can walk unhindered; toward them He can act like the God He is" (pp. 100-101).
Jesus is the Living Word, and God -- who is forever and ever -- can never run out of new ways to show up in our lives and reveal that truth to us, over and over and over again, and that is what He desires to do.
I was introduced to Tozer's writings in 1981, when I first became involved with the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA) denomination (where officially my membership remains), a denomination with which Tozer was associated during forty-four years of his ministry. Reading Tozer again after all these years was like reuniting with an old friend and mentor.
As a whole, I have found that the C&MA promotes and many if not most members pursue earnestly "the deeper life," unfeigned (as if such could be faked) spiritual maturity. Much of this comes through the continuing influence of the writings of A.W. Tozer (1897-1963) and A.B. Simpson (1843-1919) founder of the C&MA, which during Simpson's lifetime had very close association with the Pentecostal movement.
During all the years of my involvement in C&MA churches (commencing in 1981) I found a church culture that, throughout, was characterized by sweet and deepening fellowship among young and old alike. As just one clear example of this, on November 12, 1982, I lost a child, and upon my return to church, one of the members, a teenage girl with Down's syndrome, took my hand, embraced me, and told me (with obviously sincere emotion) how sorry she had been to hear about my baby (my losing my baby). Even with her limitations, she had more insight than the majority of the hospital staff who attempted to "comfort" with such as, "It's okay, you have three other children at home..." "Not THAT child," my soul responded in grief. God's ministering to me through this girl was one of countless illustrations I could give of how a Tozer-influenced church culture was God-honoring and sustaining, including to me personally.
If you are interested in a deeper walk with the Lord Jesus Christ and want to read something beyond the Bible itself, the writings of A.W. Tozer are excellent, including God's Pursuit of Man Tozer's prequel to The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine. The writings of A.B. Simpson are also excellent.
Time well-spent! This is the first of Tozer's books that I have read. It is a great book that helps to lead you into a deeper relationship with God.
From the first chapter, "Following Hard After God" to the last one "The Sacrament of Living" Tozer describes how God wants to have a personal relationship with us and how He has made that avaialble to us.
The Pursuit of God I recognized the name A. W. Tozer, because he is so often quoted by Christian writers. The pursuit of God is a devotional book, and you know, all devotional writers say the same things. I'll let you be the judge. Here are some quotes from The Pursuit of God:
"Sins are not something we do, they are something we are.
"Let us remember: when we talk of the rending of the veil, we are speaking in a figure, and the thought of it is almost poetical, almost pleasant; but in actuality there is nothing pleasant about it. In human experience that veil is made of living spiritual tissue...and to touch it is to touch us where we feel pain. It is never fun to die. Yet that is what the cross did to Jesus and it is what the cross would do to every man to set him free. Let us beware of tinkering with our inner life in hope ourselves to rend the veil. God must do everything for us.
"Ten million intelligences standing at as many points in space...can each say with equal truth, God is here. No point is nearer to God than any other point.
Jacob, 'in the waste howling wilderness'...cried out in wonder.'Surely God is in this place and I knew it not.'"
"God will not hold us responsible to understand the mysteries of election, predestination, and divine sovereignty. Prying into them may make theologians, but it will never make saints.
"In the beginning He spoke to nothing, and it became something.
"Faith is the least self-regarding of the virtues. It is by its very nature scarcely conscious of its own existence. While we are looking to God we do not see ourselves~ blessed riddance."
Great for spiritual guidance, but can't analyze too deep Pursuit of God is a compelling book that draws upon Tozer's intimate experiences with God to impart godly wisdom to those who have a zealous hunger for more. The book is full with spiritual food for thought, and is great to pick up and read a chapter or two even after you've finished it as an accompaniment for daily readings of the bible.
In a sense of nourishing and aiding the Christian to be in the right perspective with God, it is an invaluable tool. However, the overarching blanket statements found throughout the book will leave a sensitive reader asking a lot of theological questions that will hinder him/her from getting the most out of the book.
Referring to a previous review since it's a good example, Tozer asserts that "the pronouns 'my' and 'mine' look innocent enough in print but... ...They are verbal symptoms of our deep disease." His point is true and sound, that the relentless pursuit to gratify the self manifests the fallen nature of man through sin. However, saying that the word "my" is a verbal symptom of our falleness goes too far, for it would mean that Jesus' poignant cry in Matt 27:46 (originally from David in Psalm 22), "Eli Eli lama sabachthani" or "My God My God why have you forsaken Me?" are symptoms of His deep disease of sin (Eli is El for "God" with the pronomial suffix i) in saying the words "my" and "me" (or using the pronomial suffixes since He spoke Aramaic).
While the author obviously didn't mean this, people who read and analyze every word and point will find many similar statements that will leave them cautious of what Tozer states.
The overall point is excellent, with each chapter saturated with sobering and blessful admonitions. Most will not even notice the occassional overarching statements. Most will probably be greatly encouraged in their spiritual walk. However, when one does deep investigations into the semantics and the implications of what Tozer says, it will provide a mixed and muddled picture of how to walk the Christian life.
Bottom Line: Excellent read, but theologically sensitive and nit-picky readers may wrestle with it....more info
Great theology from one who has not been to seminary 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.
Is There Food In The House?
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. In fact, while reading Tozer's book, it reminded me of Tommy Tenny's book The God Chasers, which is based out of the same verse of Psalm 63:8, and the whole issue of whether there is food in the house of God. Tozer warns that "it is a solemn thing, and no small scandal in the kingdom, to see God's children starving while actually seated at the Father's table." This rebuke I do not take lightly, but humbly, and it requires me to walk the road Tozer took to put food at the Father's table.
Before Tommy Tenny, there was A.W. Tozer, and the warning rings the same 50 years later. Tozer rightly assessed that today, even though many Christians hold the right opinion of God, true spiritual worship is decreasing, and continually decreasing. Just as William Seymore prophesied during the Azusa Street Revivals that in the last day, the Great Pentecostal Movement would see an overemphasis on praise to a God they no longer pray to, we see this prevalent in Christianity today and God's people must return to their prayer closets, just like how Tozer did. As much as we may study from the Bible how the Israelites were stiff-necked people and did not heed the warnings of God, I do not see much difference today. With many prophecies and warnings, only a handful heed them. The rest of us are no different from the stiff-necked Israelites.
Simplicity of Christianity Tozer notices that the simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found in us. Today's Christianity has so many fads which have the potential of drawing people away from the personal relationship with God into a faddish relationship with God. The "in thing" in the 90's and early 21st century Christianity is the praise and worship movement, where the most adored position in church is to be a worship leader. Christians go to where the latest and most popular worship band is playing, and tell that they can worship God better there. Such moves are not in itself bad, but where Christians place their focus on can be detrimental. If their focus is on the act of worship rather than true spiritual worship of God, it is like a person in love with the feeling of love, not really wanting to truly know the person he is suppose to be in love with. All this will not satisfy the longing of the heart, as Tozer explains, but the shallowness of our inner experience, the hollowness of our worship and that servile imitation of the world all testify that we know God only imperfectly.
Knowing God Central to Christianity, and the very basics of it is to know God. Tozer explains that if we find God amid all the religious externals, we must first determine to find Him, and then proceed in the way of simplicity in a child-like faith. We are warned that when we seek God, "the evil habit of seeking God-and effectively prevents us from finding God in full revelation." The world is perishing for lack of knowledge of God and the Church is famishing for a lack of His presence. We must remove every and in seeking Him, and to get back on our knees to pray, enter and live our whole life in His presence. In fact, Tozer defines "believing" as "directing the heart's attention to Jesus," and "faith" is the "gaze of the heart at God." This is the sole focus of a Christian, not a God-and, but God and God alone.
This knowledge of God is not a head knowledge, but a Biblical perspective of having a relationship with the living God. Tozer warns us that Christians are in real danger of losing God amid the wonders of His Word. It would sound paradoxical that a Christian who studies God's Word could end up losing God, just as how modern scientists have lost God amid the wonders of His world. We need to give up all for all of God. This personal relationship with God is of utmost importance, and the end is not the act of "accepting" Christ and praying the sinner's prayer. Tozer points out an interesting fact that "accepting" Christ is a term not used in the Bible, but we use it so often today. In actuality, it is God who accepts us as His children through adoption. If man "accepts" Christ, it connotes that man greater than God, but it is contrary, and God being greater accepts us to Him.
Tozer follows through to show that theology is always practical. He rebukes man's idea of reality, and those with lofty intellectual peaks whose ideas are "brain-deep" but not "life-deep." Tozer insists that Christians are those whose beliefs are practical and are geared into his life, and "by them he lives or dies, stands or falls for this world and for all time to come."
The Pathway to His Presence Because of Tozer's relationship with God and his views on Christianity, his writings show deep theology in a practical manner. He is able to explain profound truths of God in a picturesque manner, and at times through allegories, to help us "taste and see" God. Tozer often brings us to points that we have to choose and decide where we want to take our faith and walk with God to. It is either God, or not. However, not to leave us to decide but not knowing the destination, Tozer describes the result of taking the pathway to His presence. It is, however, not an easy road, but warns us of the all we have to give up to get there.
Tozer shows the immanence of God through the foundation he laid, i.e. the knowledge of God. The reason one feels God is near but not another is not that God is far, but that we do not know He is near. When we want to draw near to God, it is not in a measurable distance, but a nearness of relationship like a father saying of his son, "I feel closer to him than 3 years ago." He goes on to question why some people "find" God in a way that others do not, and states that the will of God is the same for all, that God has no favorites in His household. All that God has ever done for any of His children He will do for all of His children, and that the difference does not lie in God but with us.
With this claim that Tozer made, I question the complete and total validity. Is the will of God for every Christian the same? I beg to differ that each Christian has a unique will, calling, purpose and destiny that only he can fulfill, and no one else. However, the close relationship that God desires with every of His children is the same. Because each of us are different, God then relates to us differently. If we seek what is another's, we may get disappointed that we do not get there, but in actuality, God has something different for us. Just like in hearing the voice of God, I have learnt that when I read an author writing about how God speaks to him, it is really simply how God speaks to him, but does not totally apply to me. In the natural, we have also learnt that we relate differently to different people around us. Hence, each individual needs to discover how God speaks to him in the uniqueness of how God created Him.
Conclusion At the end of the preface, Tozer wrote and humbly claimed that "This book is a modest attempt to aid God's hungry children to find Him. Nothing here is new except in the sense that it is a discovery which my own heart has made of spiritual realities... Others before me have gone much farther into these holy mysteries... but if my fire is not large it is yet real." Such is the humility that this man had. Tozer's life showed that the more a person knows God, the more humble he becomes....more info
The Shekinah Glory of God I've been intimidated to review this book for a long time. Why? This book changed my life.
I grew up in a conservative Christian church, my father was a pastor, and I was studying for the ministry when I purchased this book as a gift for a good friend. I didn't want to give him a gift that would lead him astray, so I decided to read the first chapter.
What I found was nothing like what I had known. This was no dry, moldy, "scholarly" book--this was alive. The blessed truths that had been buried in my heart and mind beneath the drudgery of modern scholarship's debates over dating, authorship and sources came pouring forth in what I can only describe as "rivers of living water" (John 7:38). Through the Spirit-led power and insight of Tozer's writing I was awakened to the reality of the Almighty God and the nearness of His blessed Holy Spirit in an amazing way. The prayer he offers at the end of the first chapter (in which he borrows Moses' prayer from Exodus 33) left me in stunned awe before my Maker.
This book (as its author was) is annointed with the presence and power God. I would most highly recommend this book to any person--both those who thirst for more of God and those who know nothing of this deep soul-hunger. Tozer speaks with an authority and passion characteristic of one who has been in the very presence of God. Let the Spirit speak to you through this great saint as you embark upon Man's most noble effort--the Pursuit of God....more info
Highest recommendation to every follower of Christ Short, but powerful. I started this book nearly a decade ago, but never finished. This is an absolute treasure of a book - Tozer is a great communicator who is able to get the reader to peer deeply into their own souls while fixing their gaze on the heart of God! I loved so much about this book, it's difficult to really even summarize. Tozer helps the reader how incredible the Christian life really is - beginning with the fundamental concept that those who follow Christ do so only because they have first been pursued by God Himself! The book seeks to simply the Christian life down to its fundamental core - that being a real and profound relationship with a loving, caring and holy God.
One of my favorite chapters is titled The Speaking Voice and describes how God is still speaking today. Many Christians, Tozer asserts, view God's written Word as His only Word - but that is simply too limiting of a view according to Tozer. God is still speaking, and that includes the fact that He is still speaking through Scripture into our lives today!
Tozer isn't kind to the modern Christian. He asserts that today's follower of Christ lacks a spiritual receptivity, has trained his ears not to hear the word of God, is undisciplined and lazy in his pursuit of a real, profound relationship with God; and it's very difficult to argue with his assessment. But he doesn't dwell on the negative, but rather he refocuses the reader on the glorious pursuit of God as the only remedy to our God-given appetite. While the world attempts to fill us on earthly significance and substance, Tozer reminds the reader that only God satisfies. And Tozer reminds the reader as Augustine did thousands of years ago, that our hearts were made for God and are restless until they find rest in Him.
The Pursuit of God is a great read both for the new believer and a mature Christian. It lends itself well to a book study with a group for just a great read for an individual.
A Prophetic Call to the Consecrated LIfe. After reading this book, for the 2nd or 3rd time, I can only say: "Where are the Tozer's today?"
It is easy to see why this largely self-taught, prayerful man of God achieved so little fame during his lifetime; his message is the Gospel According to Jesus.
Whether or not he may be aware of it, in Tozer's writings, you can see how he decreased that Christ would increase. His message today is as timely as it was when he wrote in on a train many years ago.
Tozer implores the profession Chistian to eschew self and worldliness in order to know Christ in reality, not just in theory. He makes an airtight case that most of Christendom as we know it is peopled with professing, but not possessing. To Tozer, it was not enough to know the great Truths of Scripture, he had to experience them on a level far deeper than the intellect. This challenge to the so-called "church" was given to shake her out of complacency and exhort her to good-works and Godliness.
This is the type of book that will literally turn your world upside down. In the book of Isaiah, God tells the prophet "My thoughts are not your thoughts; my ways are not your ways..."
Read this book and experience this for yourselves. Countless have; will you?
Powerful A powerful piece of work to say the least. "The Pursuit Of God" by A.W. Tozer will help people learn how to get closer to Jesus. We all are going to have to learn how to abandon ourselves to God and this book will help you along that path.
I see from reading the reviews on this site some people have recommend my book, "The Enlightenment, What God Told Me After One Million Prayers: A Message for Everyone," and again I just want them to know how much I appreciate their recommendation, especially at such a excellent site. I wrote this book out of love and for the glory of God and Jesus, not for my own fame or fortune. I welcome people to read my book, I'm sure you'll find this non-fiction account of a loving God just as positive and inspiring
The five-tool book for Christians In baseball, there are a lot of good players. The most valuable players, though, are those who have the "five tools"; hit for average, hit for power, speed, defense, and throwing arm.
Tozer's Pursuit of God could be viewed as the ultimate five-tool Christian book. It is simple, beautiful, truthful, thoughtful, and God-centered.
It is simple in that it is clear and easy reading, with fairly short chapters. While length isn't necessarily a major issue, clarity is. Tozer's book is remarkably clear in its thought and communication.
It is beautiful because Tozer's writing has a powerful affect on the emotions, drawing your heart and affections toward God. The reader finishes a chapter wondering how he could ever have been so foolish as to turn away from God. We need this sort of beautiful vision of who God is and what it means to serve him.
It is truthful because the theology is accurate and true to Scripture. Though Tozer writes in a way that you feel as you've never felt before, all his statements and truth claims come directly from his commitment to the authority of Scripture.
It is thoughtful because Tozer has clearly spent much time meditating on God's truth as revealed in the Bible. He truly is a, "modern-day prophet," speaking clearly to the world of the hope and joy of serving God. You will be amazed by his insight into the relationship between man and his creator.
It is, above all else, God-centered. It celebrates God, takes joy in God, and points to God as the source of all answers. Tozer recognizes that nothing has value without relating to and flowing from the Father. Any Christian book that does not ultimately point readers back to God as the source of truth and salvation is misguided and failing to live the gospel out correctly.
The Pursuit of God is easily one of the best books I've ever read, and it has challenged me in ways few other books have. I could not recommend it highly enough to you. May you too know the joy of realizing that we pursue God because he first pursued us....more info
Simple, With an Elegance that will Kindle Your Affections There is no doubt that the Non-Denominational, Evangelical and Fundamentalist movements have and will gain much by way of Tozer, who brings much of the simple and intense devotion of some of the great Christian mystics with their poetic vision of God and Man to these very young groups, which can grow stronger and wiser in being nourished by them.
Tozer clearly caught fire with the flame that is essential and so often put out, and defends and articulates that vision jealously against anything he sees as compromising it. He is also an excellent wordsmith. His language paints pictures, take on flesh and run ahead of you, drawing you towards a deeper attention and devotion to the Triune God. This book reinforced to me that theology should never be separated from spirituality - "a theologian is one who prays truly, and one who prays truly is a theologian. Theology without prayer is demonic." - Maximus the Confessor, 6th Century.
So why only 3 stars?
Just to name one reason, Tozer lets the individualism of our modern, secular culture influence his thoughts about discipleship too much, so that he believes that men create holy communities by being holy in private and then coming together. Christianity values community more than that, we grow into holiness (which comes from the same root as the word "wholeness") as a part of a community. It is only in a community where we can learn true discipleship, since Christ dwells among _us_, and in each of us by virtue of our being part of His Body, His Community, in which He dwells.
Recommended reading, though. Tozer has done quite a bit of homework, and he's sharing his notes with the class. I would pick up Ephrem the Syrian's "Hymns on Paradise" (ISBN 0881410764) and his "Hymns" (ISBN 0809130939), Symeon the New Theologian's "On the Mystical Life" (ISBN: 0881411426), Pseudo-Macarius' "The Fifty Spiritual Homilies" (ISBN: 0809133121), and Gregory of Nyssa's work on the Beatitudes and the Lord's Prayer (ISBN: 0809102552); if you read them attentively, they will awaken and challenge you like few other books can or will (just type the ISBN's into your search field and you'll find them).
When Charles Wesley read Pseudo-Macarius, he wrote to a friend, "I read Macarius, and my heart sang."...more info
Best Devotional Book In my opinion this is the best devotional book I have ever read. A lot of devotional books are the product of the author's mind and not very Biblical. This is an exception. I believe this is a very Biblically accurate book. Every time I read a chapter it inspires me.Tell me what you think of my Christain fiction novel The Palace Theatre.The Palace Theatre...more info
Beautifully biblical I find myself turning back to this book every year. Its an easy read because Tozer writes so well...yet every word he says is full of substance. He says little but says everything. His words bring conviction and the overall flow of the book causes you to see your need for the true untainted God and the satisfaction in that need...and in that finding. Read it. You will not regret it. One of my top 5 all time favorites (and I love to read!) blessings......more info
The Pursuit of God. Tozer has been described as a twentieth century prophet, and fittingly so. 'The Pursuit of God' is a challenging rebuttal to comfortable, pompously pious evangelicalism, perhaps needed more today than when it was first published. It is a book that deserves the attention of every generation of Christian. Unlike so much of the culturally obsessed pop-religionism packaged and peddled today, Tozer's theology and exegesis are very sound:
" . . .the scribe tells us what he has read, and the prophet tells us what he has seen. The distinction is not an imaginary one. Between the scribe who has read and the prophet who has seen there is a distance as wide as the sea. We are overrun today with orthodox scribes, but the prophets, where are they? The hard voice of the scribe sounds over evangelicalism, but the church waits for the tender voice of the saint who has penetrated the veil and has gazed with inward eye upon the wonder that is God. And yet, thus to penetrate, to push in sensitive living experience into the holy Presence, is a privilege open to every child of God."
Tozer on the rejection of self-focus: "Self is the opaque veil that hides the face of God from us. It can be removed only in spiritual experience, never by mere instruction. . . Faith is the least self-regarding of the virtues. . . while we are looking at God we do not see ourselves -- blessed riddance."...more info
The Pursuit of God The book itself, The Pursuit of God, is wonderful and powerful. There were a few editing errors that I found distracting. Also, other editions have discussion questions that were missing in this edition. I always appreciate having those....more info
essential reading I would like to beable to really give a review on this product, but, truly
I took it out of my purse, somewhere and I haven't been able to find the book. It sounded wonderful. And at some point I will order another....more info
Speaking to now from fifty years ago This book, written in 1949, places it's finger on the struggles of the church even now. Tozer's deep understanding of the starving Christian in today's "spiritual" society tugs at my heartstrings in a way that I have never felt with a book before. I have been forced to read while holding a pencil so that I can write in the book my thoughts as I go through it, something I have never done with any book that didn't have fill in the blank spots. There is no word wasted in this book, and it is truely a joy to read. I would recommend it to any starving Christian Soul searching for more....more info
This Version--Terrible Edition The book is amazing and should be read by believers in Jesus, as well as people who "just go to church." This edition, however, is edited badly and unreadable at times. :( I've only gotten through the introduction. ...more info
Fabulous-life changing book!! Pursuit of God This is by far the most intellectually and spiritually satisfing book I have ever read. It has changed my walk as a Christian. A.W. Tozer's work is alive, working, and a blessing....more info
A Christian Classic - Vintage Tozer Over the years I have read several Christian-related books and just recently completed this gem. After reading this title, I chastised myself for not reading the book earlier.
The book is vintage Tozer - insightful, penetrating, and uncompromising - just like his other titles.
Among the important points Tozer covers include:
1. We pursue God because He first pursued us.
2. We must put away all efforts to try to impress God and others and instead come to God in a child-like fashion.
3. God formed us for His pleasure.
4. Most people are too stubborn or busy to listen to God.
5. A meek person is one who has decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort.
6. Our daily labors can be acts of worship if our motive is pure.
7. Our break with the world is the result of the desire to exalt God above all others.
8. We must yield to God and trust Him to crucify our self-life.
Read and enjoy this classic as an excellent encouragement to exalt God.
Don't buy this edition A classic book but a horrible edition. I have never seen so many proofing errors in my life. Not acceptable....more info
Wow - Neat Surprise! If you've enjoyed the works of CS Lewis, it would follow that Tozer's, Pursuit of God will leave you with a similar WOW.
Pursuit of God is an "A-list" read for those with that curiously voracious need to better understand God.
Wonderful book. This is an important book for anyone wishing to find God. I checked my copy against the page numbers in a previous review and did not find the errors mentioned, or any others for that matter. ...more info
Head and Heart - a Good Read The Pursuit of God is my first reading of Tozer. The book, written in the 1940's, has a sing-song, "high prose" style reminiscent of Olde English. I struggled through the preface and the first chapter, but quickly adapted to Tozer's writing style. In the book, which is just as relevant today as it was decades ago, Tozer addresses many aspects of Christianity and the failure of so many to have a real heart knowledge of God. That, in my opinion, is the main theme of the book. Far too many people, Christians and non-Christians alike, have taken a head-knowledge approach to God. Either they like what they hear or they don't, and they take a position about God accordingly. But what is needed, what God calls us to, is a life of pursuit of God, a life of heart knowledge as well as head knowledge....more info
A Brilliant Devotional Work by a Giant of the Faith A.W. Tozer's work is brilliant on so many levels, but foremost is the intimate portrayal of the devoted life between the Triune God and the believer in life and practice. At times it seems that Tozer sets up a false dichotomy between doctrine and practice, but that may simply stem from the exclusive and singular focus of this specific work: the pursuit of God in the daily, devoted life. I do wish he would have countered some of the dichotomy at times, but a wider reading of Tozer (his "canon" if you will) would certainly render this dichotomy as ultimately untrue in Tozer's thinking; certainly a good thing.
I think his writing style is honestly profound from a devotional and pietistic standpoint. I don't know of any other writer that has captured the depth and intimacy of the daily life with God as well as this Christian writer has. He certainly gives credit where credit is due in his writing. He sites how we all must return to drawing from the well of Christian mystics like Thomas ¨¤ Kempis, etc. to counterbalance some of the common trends in contemporary American Christianity.
I think he has a good point, and I would support his overall assessment in this area, but I would tread carefully in this Christian tradition as a supplement to my overall Christian faith for it certainly has its problems in other areas, specifically, an overall unbalanced approach and its difficulty in harmonizing doctrine and practice. We certainly should not live in dead creedalism as so many do, but we should not throw off right teaching as well in favor of a monastic mindset. Once again, the false dichotomy is easily set up if one is not careful in their construction. However, I do believe Tozer remains balanced enough here, offers a helpful critique of dead creedalism, and is extremely acute in his assessment. In Tozer's context, his critique is well warranted.
A few other short bits should be added. Tozer certainly was more Arminian in his approach, but was consistent in that vein. I certainly appreciated his consistency in his discussions of prevenient grace or God's "persuasive drawing", if you will, of people to hunger, thirst, and desire Him. Though this book is certainly not a theological treatise, Tozer integrates his theological thoughts so well that it allows the reader to engage in a stimulated process about how to think about God and then live for Him. He really does this quite effortlessly and as you read you will simply be drawn into his powerful writing and deep devotion. On a final note, Tozer has an interesting chapter on faith where he attempts to describe it then supplies the reader with some helpful analogies. It seems Tozer has more described what faith does than what faith is. I think two helpful books as a corrective for this would be J. Gresham Machen's "What is Faith" and Gordon Clark's "Faith and Saving Faith". Both are extremely accurate in describing both what faith does and is.
Overall, this book is an excellent read and a devotional gem. This work is one which should be read, reread, and passed on to others. Tozer is certainly one of the giants in the areas of Christian preaching and devotion. I cannot recommend this work highly enough....more info
An awesome Christian book. I must have been living in a cave, because I had never heard of Tozer until a friend shared one of his books with me this past year - The Attributes of God. I have been hooked on Tozer ever since. He is simply amazing. He obviously had a close walk with God.
I have read this book twice and will read it many more times. And, this is from a person who almost never reads a book more than once. This is simply one of the best, if not the best, Christian books I have ever read. I have shared it with others, told people about it, etc.
If you are thinking about getting this book quit thinking and get it. You will be glad you did. I now want to read as much Tozer as I can. His writing is eye opening, intelligent, and very understandable. He doesn't use a lot of stories to convey what he wants to say, as some authors do. He uses well written, clearly put, vivid words to do it. A way that is more difficult to use, but when used correctly and by a master it is much more effective and more enjoyable to the reader. Tozer will teach and explain to you some things you would have probably never thought of on your own. His thinking about some things concerning God are unique (well, they were to me and others I know). Buy this book, it's very highly rated for a reason. ...more info
Focusing on God In this spiritually deep work,Tozer helps the reader focus on loving God above everything else. All Christians would be inspired from this glimpse into A. W. Tozer's heart for God....more info
Tozer, A God-taught man. Other than the Bible, "The Pursuit of God" is the best book I have read --- and read --- and read.
A. W. Tozer was a rare breed in his day, and would have been even more so today. A God-taught man, Tozer learned early in life, the key to spiritual knowledge --- an open Bible, before bended knees. His book focuses on a loving and soul-satisfying God as revealed to the Christian with a heart, hungry to know Him.
Beginning with the Preface, each chapter grips the intellect as well as the heart and soul of the reader, and offers not only a deeper understanding of Biblical Truth, but a personal encounter with the very Source of that Truth....more info
A Devotional Classic I first read this book 30 years ago as a teenager (giving my age away) and new Christian. It shaped my image of God then, and still does. Tozer writes with a mind on fire for God, with a passion and brilliance rare in combination. "The Pursuit of God" entices to God because it biblically portrays God.
Reviewer: Dr. Robert W. Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Soul Physicians" and "Spiritual Friends."...more info
A Book That Will Make You Think 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....more info
A Disappointing Classic After thoroughly enjoying The Knowledge of the Holy (I am engaged in research on A.W. Tozer), I expected that I would find The Pursuit of God to be equally or even more enjoyable. But I have to express my disappointement with this work.
There are some things that are good with this work, these are, 1) Tozer does a good job of depicting the selfishness we often find in Christianity as the wretched thing that it is. 2) Tozer does well to create an appetite for pursuing God. 3) Tozer shows the blessedness of humility before God.
The Pursuit of God was not written to Christians who are mediocre in zeal, it was written to those who are longing for a close walk with the Lord. And as such, most of the good things he says are merely reinforcement to the attitue the readership probably already has.
What this book is missing is the very essence of victorious Christian living. Zeal, humility, and appetite will never, by themselves, produce true holiness. These three characteristics, when played out by the power of the flesh will produce constant defeat. How many Christians do you know who are zealous for the Lord, yet are completely beat up by their own sin? They sin, repent, determine to try harder, fail, repent, redouble the effort, promise to read their Bible more, to pray more, to stay away from the sin that entangles them, then they mess up again. This is exactly the experience that Romans 7:14-25 describes, and this is not what God intends for us.
Tozer makes consistent appeals to the flesh (p. 105-6 in my copy has a great example of this) to live a more holy life. This never works, for, "the mind of the flesh is enmity against God; for it does not submit to the law of God, nor indeed can it" (Romans 8:7). More willpower is not the answer.
I recommend you read Watchman Nee's The Normal Christian Life or Hanna Witall Smith's The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life either in addition to or instead of The Pursuit of God....more info
Tozer at his best This book is on my short list of all-time Christian classics. I've read several of Tozer's great books and I think that this one is his best. Tozer is concise, yet deeply penetrating. Reading the last chapter, "The Sacrament of Living," was an eye-opening and life-changing experience for me. Get this book....more info
Most important I consider this book to be the most important I have ever read outside of the Bible itself.
Great Communicator who knew God I would say that this is one of my favorite books. Tozer communicates in a way that makes you think. He knows how to make you get you thinking about your 'religious' ways and pursue the living God. This man can communicate in a way that is not over your head, but yet takes you deep. If you haven't read this book and would like to have a more intimate relationship with Him, this book is a very good place to start as it will direct you to the God of the Word....more info
This book should be re-read annually It never ceases to amaze me how this book, unlike all of the others on the shelf (save the Bible), seems to demand to be re-read every year. Furthermore, I'm in awe of the way God uses it to "right the ship" of my spiritual life every time I read it. It's truly a timeless classic.
It should also be noted that the style of writing and the way in which the words flow is unlike anything else I've read. The bulk of the book was written during a train ride in 1949. The soul-stirring quality of this work shouts that God was leading and inspiring the hand that wrote. Don't confuse this with the inspiration of the Bible itself, I know Tozer had no such delusions. Rather, it's one man's journey into the deeper things of God, something badly needed by all of us who name Christ as our saviour.
If your heart is open and your mind is willing, this will likely be the genesis of a closer walk. ...more info
Awesome I think this book is by far the most profoundly simple yet life changing Christian book I've ever read. I'm struck by Tozer's thirst to know God and I hope to have the same passion....more info
For those who want more than dry doctrine How Sad is our "Rich Young Ruler" Christianity today.
Tozer helps us see how we've lost our first love.
May God's love touch your heart with this book....more info
Perhaps my favorite book This is perhaps my favorite book. I have read and re-read it numerous times in the last several years. This book was most helpful in my personal pursuit of God. I was raised in a very conservative fundamental church and pursued God through outward performance most of my life. This book helped to open my eyes to the amazing reality of a personal and intimate relationship with God. I treasure this book and re-read it every so often. It has also helped me appreciate and understand at a new level, my time spent in the Word of God....more info
So Good That I Had To Order 3! I just finished my library's copy of this amazing book,in one sitting,because I could not put it down until I was finished! This book is one that I know I want to return to often,so I just had to order a copy for myself, plus 2 more, for (I'm sad to say),the only 2 loved ones that I feel sure will also read it,and therefore be able to be blessed by it!
I agree heartily with everything written in it,especially the apathy and "love of self, and the world", of today's Christians is the exact reason for "cold,lukewarm,even dead" Christians and churches, who do not have a heart burning for God, neither do most Christians truly have the personal interaction with God,that He,Himself desires us to have. He is so right about how today's churches all all about "entertainment" and oh so many "programs",so that the reason for the assembling of ourselves together,is pretty much lost in today's churches! If you truly yearn to know and interact with our heavenly Father as so many in the bible did,this book will show you how it can be accomplished in every Christian's life TODAY, "if" we truly desire it from the heart. A challenge, and the immeasurable reward that every Christian today needs. If you "Profess Christ" you NEED this book!...more info
Wonderful Christian Classic! If you are looking for a book to ignite (or re-ignite) your spiritual passion, this is the book for you! It has been hailed as a Christian classic and deservedly so. Tozer expresses himself in prose that is truly beautiful and eloquent. His burning zeal cuts to the quick, and will convict the barren soul of its need for God. "The Pursuit of God" is a must read for all believers. In fact, it is a must re-read!
You own the copyright? :) It's in the public domain now, so not sure how you managed that ;)...more info
Dented, dog-eared, and torn I'm obsessed with reading. I read all the time and I love it. Therefore I have read a lot of books and whenever I am asked my favorite book, this title quickly rolls of my tongue. I read this book for the first time three years ago and there is no doubt that this has been the most non-inspired, influential book I've ever read. Since then, I have read books that I might consider better, but God chose to use this book to radically shape my heart.
Buy it, read it, struggle with it.
My first copy of this book has a big dent in the top left corner... This is becuase I was struggling to surrender some things to the Lord and in frustration, I threw it at the wall.
"The Pursuit of Man" is decent and "The Knowledge of the Holy" is excellent.
A Life-Changing Experience Rarely does someone encounter such a provocative work. This book will grip you by the soul, and won't let you go. You'll come away with a new sense of spirit. Another, similar work which is just now being published is "Jesus - Christian Agnostic" by George Geiger. It will be featured in early May 2005 on WebPastor David Todeschini's web site at Net4TruthUSA.com, and will be available in bookstores shortly thereafter. Get these two books together, and really enjoy the exploration of what it means to really love God with all your heart,mind,and soul. For children, there is a great little book titled "Entertaining Angels" on Pastor Dave's web site. God bless....more info
Good For Today! A. W. Tozer could be alive today and writing about the status within most churches. We are too content with not knowing God. He longs to know us intimately and has provided the way. Do we desire to know him? I have been teaching this to a group of 12th grade students. They have found it to be challenging inspite of some of the older language. Excellent book even after reading it three times....more info
Pursuit of God A.W. Tozer is someone who knew God very personally and he leaves
us a very intimate account of his relationship with God in this
book. This is one of the 5 most influential books I have ever
read as a Christian. I believe this book should be on everyone's reading list if they desire to know more about God
and how they can know Him better. Dr. Tozer's books still tell the deep spiritual truths that all believers need to have a closer walk with God. Most highly recommended....more info
A "Must Read" This is one book I re-read periodically, and it always stirs my soul. I have recommended it to many Christians. This is one of my all time favorite Christian books. ...more info
Finally came Product took a little long to get here by comparison to other 4 books ordered but arrived in good condition...more info
Great! The book was great! The price was really amazing and the book was in a good quality, just like the seller described.
I received the book probably a couple days before the first expected day, which was even better....more info