I couldn’t wait to read A.W. Tozer’s Three Spiritual Classics In One Volume! This book contains his greatest works: The Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God and God’s Pursuit of Man.
Tozer writes in a way that inspires a deeper awareness about who God is and how to live as a Christian. If you enjoy Oswald Chambers, you may also like the Spirit-filled, formal prose of A.W. Tozer (1897-1963).
Due to financial struggle, Tozer never earned a high school or college degree, so he educated himself. His fervent desire to know God and diligently study the Bible made him a respected theologian and scholar among the evangelical church community—even to this day. He was a minister at Southside Alliance Church in Chicago for 31 years, spoke for the Moody Bible Institute Radio station, was an editor for a magazine and authored many Christian Classics.
I read his most popular book, The Pursuit of God, in college and was excited to read it again. He wrote this entire book on an overnight train with just a Bible, notebook and pen. This is the kind of book you’ll want to keep in your library to read often in order to absorb its truth. The Pursuit of God will ignite a longing to know and thirst for God.
“The presence of God is the central fact of Christianity. At the heart of the Christian message is God Himself waiting for His redeemed children to push into conscious awareness of His presence.”
A central theme/intent in all of all his books is to push readers into a conscious awareness of God and who He is.
“The instant cure to most of our religious ills would be to enter the Presence in spiritual experience, to become suddenly aware that we are in God and God is in us.”
Knowledge of the Holy One explores the attributes of God and our inability to truly comprehend their magnitude. It left me with a sense of awe as my finite brain tried to grasp “God Incomprehensible” as described in the second chapter. As we seek to know the attributes God has declared true of Himself, we begin to conceive them as being true of Him.
“Thou art hidden in the light which no man can approach unto. What Thou art cannot be thought or uttered, for Thy glory is ineffable. Still, prophet, apostle, and saint have encouraged me to believe that I may in some measure know Thee. Therefore, I pray, whatever of Thyself Thou hast been pleased to disclose, help me to search out as treasure more precious than rubies or the merchandise of fine gold.”
Tozer encourages us to give up our own way and trust God to manage our lives. As I face fear in my own life, I discover the key to freedom is found in releasing control to know the way ahead of me and trust in God’s wisdom for my life.
“Most of us go through life praying a little, planning a little, jockeying for position, hoping but never being quite certain of anything, and always secretly afraid that we will miss the way. This is a tragic waste of truth and never gives rest to the heart. There is a better way. It is to repudiate our own wisdom and take instead the infinite wisdom of God. Our insistence upon seeing ahead is natural enough, but it is a real hindrance to our spiritual progress. God has charged Himself with full responsibility for our eternal happiness and stands ready to take over the management of our lives the moment we turn in faith to Him.”
This was my first time reading God’s Pursuit of Man. I underlined so many wonderful quotes. We don’t need to prove or defend our own experience with God. Our faith has proven itself real by our own experience of sensing the presence of God In our lives.
“Nothing can take the place of the touch of God in our soul and the sense of Someone there. Real faith, indeed, brings such realization, for real faith is never the operation of reason upon texts.”
These are timeless Christian classics that will challenge any believer to think seriously about deep concepts of their faith.
I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.