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“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” This thirst for an intimate relationship with God, claims A.W. Tozer, is not for a select few, but should be the experience of every follower of Christ. Here is a masterly study of the inner life by a heart thirsting after God. Here is a book for every child of God, pastor, missionary, and “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” This thirst for an intimate relationship with God, claims A.W. Tozer, is not for a select few, but should be the experience of every follower of Christ. Here is a masterly study of the inner life by a heart thirsting after God. Here is a book for every child of God, pastor, missionary, and Christian. It deals with the deep things of God and the riches of His grace. In The Pursuit of God, Tozer sheds light on the path to a closer walk with God.


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“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” This thirst for an intimate relationship with God, claims A.W. Tozer, is not for a select few, but should be the experience of every follower of Christ. Here is a masterly study of the inner life by a heart thirsting after God. Here is a book for every child of God, pastor, missionary, and “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” This thirst for an intimate relationship with God, claims A.W. Tozer, is not for a select few, but should be the experience of every follower of Christ. Here is a masterly study of the inner life by a heart thirsting after God. Here is a book for every child of God, pastor, missionary, and Christian. It deals with the deep things of God and the riches of His grace. In The Pursuit of God, Tozer sheds light on the path to a closer walk with God.

30 review for The Pursuit of God: Complete and Unabridged Economy Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Scott Stoinis

    I bought this book for myself and was so moved by it that I reread it chapter by chapter often as my nightly devotional. I personally found it to be one of the best books to fill me with hope! This is the best edition of it available at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Pursuit-God-W-... I bought this book for myself and was so moved by it that I reread it chapter by chapter often as my nightly devotional. I personally found it to be one of the best books to fill me with hope! This is the best edition of it available at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Pursuit-God-W-...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    First Review I hesitate to call Tozer a theologian because his approach to Christianity and the practice of faith is very practical. He is very well read and often deals with theological topics but he typically scoffs any intellectual dealings with faith and puts forth his down to earth alternative. The description of "down to earth" only goes so far, because Tozer is also very clearly a mystic. He focuses on experience, feeling and hearing God's voice as important to faith. He also emphasizes th First Review I hesitate to call Tozer a theologian because his approach to Christianity and the practice of faith is very practical. He is very well read and often deals with theological topics but he typically scoffs any intellectual dealings with faith and puts forth his down to earth alternative. The description of "down to earth" only goes so far, because Tozer is also very clearly a mystic. He focuses on experience, feeling and hearing God's voice as important to faith. He also emphasizes those to the point of relegating scripture to a close second in matters of faith. I liked the book (this is my second time through it). Tozer has many good observation about a life of faith and good insight can be gained from reading this book. I am just not sure it strong enough to stand by itself as a guiding text for the Christian life. ---------------------------------------- Second Review I revisited Tozer recently and concluded that I was a bit too rough on him in the first time around. It was obvious from my third reading that Tozer is a thinker. The reason from his initial distancing of his argument from scripture is because God needs to be viewed as a person to be interacted with and not a distant deity to give lip service. I still agree with most of what I said I just think that Tozer has better theological backing than I had once thought. His theology is intact and his view of scripture is sound. Personally I was struck by what he had to say this time. Tozer has some good insights that struck me at the core of my being. I will be chewing on this book for a while.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kurt Nelson

    Broke down in tears reading one of Tozer's prayers. Praise God for the hour I spent reading part of it today, it was as if God was hear with me sharing the wisdom from the book! Incredible book that taught me to slow down and listen to God.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Fergus

    A.W. Tozer says if we seek meaning in our lives by pursuing a Real, Living God, we will soon find the tables turned. For so desirous is He of giving true meaning to anyone who seeks him, God will then start pursuing US. For the rest of our lives. We’ll try telling a barefaced lie - and God will hound us down. We’ll find a certain lady deucedly attractive - and He’ll shout, “now what in tarnation d’you think YOU’RE doing?” We’ll ask Him for a special favour - and He’ll heap it into our lap a HUNDR A.W. Tozer says if we seek meaning in our lives by pursuing a Real, Living God, we will soon find the tables turned. For so desirous is He of giving true meaning to anyone who seeks him, God will then start pursuing US. For the rest of our lives. We’ll try telling a barefaced lie - and God will hound us down. We’ll find a certain lady deucedly attractive - and He’ll shout, “now what in tarnation d’you think YOU’RE doing?” We’ll ask Him for a special favour - and He’ll heap it into our lap a HUNDREDFOLD. Don’t believe me? Just try to find Him in your life. Seriously. Once you’re hooked, you’re hooked. He doesn’t fool around. You don’t dare mess with Him. But oh, how you cringe when the storm clouds gather... And guess what? He’s still right there, showing you a way OUT of your mess. Some folks say that’s all nonsense. That life is what you make it. But wait 20 or 30 years, and SEE what they’ve made of it - for by then, they’ve been given stale black bread for their banquet. Life is what you make it? No, we’re a piece of clay in the hands of the Almighty. If he can’t make anything of you, into the fire you go. Will you get a second chance? Time will tell... If you want frank, straight-up writing shooting straight from the hip, Tozer will deliver. Brought up poor, hungry and illiterate in rural Pennsylvania at the turn of the twentieth century, he rarely knew rest from his labours. Life was tough. But, meandering brokenly homeward after a gruelling day of back-breaking work, young Aiden heard snippets of a street preacher’s message at the centre of town. How can we be saved, the message probably went? Salvation is a free gift. Our work doesn’t save us - never has and never will. Only the free gift of supernatural Love will. Well, so Tozer then did the impossible - he pursued God. Yikes! When the scales fell wonderfully fell from his eyes, he KNEW God’s Love had always pursued him. In his parents’ corrections and disciplines. In the dinner that every night, miraculously appeared on the supper table. In the robin that woke him up for another day of relentless work, serenading and INSPIRING him. This was the Way. God had GIVEN the Way to him. No, friends, it was not by painstakingly memorizing who begat whom in the Book, or studying a foreign language, or even having great insight into the meaning of scripture. No. It was by insight into Real, Simple Being. And that Being, as Love - the Beatles once sang - is ALL YOU NEED.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Clark Goble

    My review of this book can be summed up in four words – it blew me away! Tozer identifies one of the major problems in our Church today. As a Church, we are creating a new breed of Christian who understands doctrine better than at any point in history yet fails to understand what it truly means to be a follower of Christ. Having identified the problem, Tozer offers a beautiful solution that is more practical and mystical than theological. His book is an invitation for the the reader to seek God a My review of this book can be summed up in four words – it blew me away! Tozer identifies one of the major problems in our Church today. As a Church, we are creating a new breed of Christian who understands doctrine better than at any point in history yet fails to understand what it truly means to be a follower of Christ. Having identified the problem, Tozer offers a beautiful solution that is more practical and mystical than theological. His book is an invitation for the the reader to seek God above all else. While many Christian writers invite the reader to seek God to the point of making a decision for Christ, Tozers encourages the Christian to make the seeking of God the continual foundation upon which their life is built on. Tozer’s book served to draw me closer to God and instilled in me the desire to come even closer. It is a book I am sure to read often in the future and gladly add to my list of essential reads. You will also be glad to know the book is free on the Kindle! Happy reading, Clark.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Angela Wallace

    I read this book over and over. It's the one I'd pick to have on a desert island. The way Tozer talks about faith and living the Christian life--he takes what religion has turned into complicated and noncommittal routines and returns to the blessed simplicity of what it means to pursue God, to fully engage your heart with His. I can't write a review that will do the book justice. It's a short one and can be read in one day, so see for yourself.

  7. 5 out of 5

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    “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” In this beautiful, theologically accurate yet original and deep insight into the relationship of a Christian with God, A. W. Tozer forces the readers to question the intensity of our desire for Him, our will to always put Him first and the authenticity of our pursuit for His full presence in our everyday life. It is easy to feel the presence of God when we pray, worship or read the Scriptures, it's less eas “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” In this beautiful, theologically accurate yet original and deep insight into the relationship of a Christian with God, A. W. Tozer forces the readers to question the intensity of our desire for Him, our will to always put Him first and the authenticity of our pursuit for His full presence in our everyday life. It is easy to feel the presence of God when we pray, worship or read the Scriptures, it's less easy to live our lives having in mind that God is here, with us, every day; He is everywhere, and if we just open our ears and listen, we can hear Him and feel His presence in everything we do. This book describes the beautiful, incredibly intense pull that a Christian feels when he/she thinks about God - a similar sensation to the desire for a loved one when we first met them - and in doing so encourages us to always pursue this pull, and never let it grow cold. If you ever experienced that pull, the intensity of that emotion, the tears falling down your eyes when you can really feel that the Lord is good and that He loves us and protects us, you know what the author is talking about. If you want to know more about this relationship and about its theological and scriptural references, thus growing as a Christian and never leaving the honeymoon phase with God, you should definitely read this classic. On the other hand, if you are not a believer and you just want to know more about what it means to be a Christian, and maybe you only saw people in Church checking their phones while the preacher is teaching, check this out and maybe you'll realize why we're all so crazy about this Lord of ours! 🤩 A beautiful, deep, short book, which shows the incredible knowledge and sensitivity of the author. An example of the fact that you can be both educated and emotionally and spiritually involved in a subject. My favourite quote from the book: “Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become 'unity' conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.”

  8. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Wilson

    I read this many moons ago, and just now listened to it again. Very edifying book, with some brilliant sections.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Tozer writes, "The modern scientist has lost God amid the wonders of His world; we Christians are in real danger of losing God amid the wonders of His Word." Discuss what you feel Tozer means by the second half of his statement. I’m not sure, but I think he fears we are in danger of living too much by our head knowledge, which is indeed a real danger for christians. We accept with our mind the theological truths of the Bible, but do not show by our actions that we have truly taken them to heart. G Tozer writes, "The modern scientist has lost God amid the wonders of His world; we Christians are in real danger of losing God amid the wonders of His Word." Discuss what you feel Tozer means by the second half of his statement. I’m not sure, but I think he fears we are in danger of living too much by our head knowledge, which is indeed a real danger for christians. We accept with our mind the theological truths of the Bible, but do not show by our actions that we have truly taken them to heart. Give a favorite quotation from the book and discuss why and how it impacted you. “Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshippers men together, each one looking away to christ are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become “unity” conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.” This stood out because it is so easy to get caught up with reacting to the people around you instead of looking to God to give you the ability to love them. How will what you read in this book affect your relationship with Jesus? It definitely makes me think about really pursuing God, rather than just being happy with whatever level of spiritual growth I’ve already attained.

  10. 5 out of 5

    ij

    An interesting and inspirational guide for Christians seeking to get closer to God. The book is public domain and is available free from many sources. I downloaded free, from Amazon, to my Kindle. I listened to it on LibriVox, also free, as I read on Kindle. It is about a two (2) hour read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    This book would/will/does require thought and a solid grounding in the Bible. I find the central theme to be of immense and transcendent value. The theme dealt with has to do with the basic idea of "finding God" vs. "knowing God" vs. "growing in God"... I could say a lot but as those reading this will be not only atheist vs. theist but also Christians of various denominations. There are places I must disagree with some of whats taught here, but that does not mean that I disagree with the basic po This book would/will/does require thought and a solid grounding in the Bible. I find the central theme to be of immense and transcendent value. The theme dealt with has to do with the basic idea of "finding God" vs. "knowing God" vs. "growing in God"... I could say a lot but as those reading this will be not only atheist vs. theist but also Christians of various denominations. There are places I must disagree with some of whats taught here, but that does not mean that I disagree with the basic point of view. I can and do highly recommend this for Christians seeking a closer relationship with God. I won't go into basic disagreements as the bottom line is that I don't think "where we disagree" is on a point of doctrine that would "force" two Christians to have a major disagreement (though some of course would/will. We do always manage that don't we?) As I said excellent book. Recommended especially for Christian readers.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristian Kilgore

    My fourth reading of this classic proves once again that it never fails to challenge, to encourage, and to satisfy. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. AW Tozer's genuine passion for God and to see others encounter and draw near to God is unmistakable. He is relentless with his courageous call for a life lived in opposition to nominal Christianity. Casual, or common, Christianity is not a legitimate option in Tozer's view of things. The book is basically the author's attempt to walk throu My fourth reading of this classic proves once again that it never fails to challenge, to encourage, and to satisfy. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. AW Tozer's genuine passion for God and to see others encounter and draw near to God is unmistakable. He is relentless with his courageous call for a life lived in opposition to nominal Christianity. Casual, or common, Christianity is not a legitimate option in Tozer's view of things. The book is basically the author's attempt to walk through the disciplines, or methods of pursuit. He makes a case for each aspect of intentionally growing in knowledge and love for God through exploring the essence of each practice, not so much in mechanics but in spirit. He leaves room for the reader to "fit" each method to his/her own unique personality, but he is intractable with regard to the importance and meaning of each of them. I will continue to re-visit this every couple of years. This work, along with few other selections, becomes a diagnostic tool for my heart. It is a barometer of my dedication to being a disciple and pursuer of Christ.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Every Christian should read this book. This book had clairification backed up with scripture. As I was reading, I had a longing in my heart. It's focus is on the Lord, not on what I can do better, or what I need to do, or need not do. It was about surrending and the importantance of knowing who God is. In my own walk with the Lord, I am amazed every year on what there is to know about the Lord, his character, his desires and how much I lack. This book is a freeing that it releases many lies that Every Christian should read this book. This book had clairification backed up with scripture. As I was reading, I had a longing in my heart. It's focus is on the Lord, not on what I can do better, or what I need to do, or need not do. It was about surrending and the importantance of knowing who God is. In my own walk with the Lord, I am amazed every year on what there is to know about the Lord, his character, his desires and how much I lack. This book is a freeing that it releases many lies that as christians we can believe. If we believe a lie, we are in bondage in that lie. Only the truth will set us free to love and to surrender. It shows the importance of being well fed with a body of other believers. How we are to beseech the lord to show us his Glory. He is well pleased to show us his mercy but on his terms and not on ours. Which again leads to a total surrender. I loved how each chapter ended in a heart-felt prayer to the Lord. This book is a blessing to read over and over again.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy

    I have been wanting to read this book for a long time, and I am amazed that as I completed this book I wondered that had I read it sooner it would not have been as impacting. As is the way with God, timing is everything-perfect and precise. I will warn this is not a casual read. I found myself reading and re-reading paragraphs over and over. He has a dizzying intellect and an ability to reach to the heart of things which often is no casual venture. My favorite sections regarded pride, God's inst I have been wanting to read this book for a long time, and I am amazed that as I completed this book I wondered that had I read it sooner it would not have been as impacting. As is the way with God, timing is everything-perfect and precise. I will warn this is not a casual read. I found myself reading and re-reading paragraphs over and over. He has a dizzying intellect and an ability to reach to the heart of things which often is no casual venture. My favorite sections regarded pride, God's instruction on holiness, the duality of our existence and how the mundane tasks of daily life may be accepted by God as our worship. The simplicity of the pursuit and how our fallen nature and desires complicate the journey resonate with me. I do highly recommend this book for those honestly seeking God. In fact, I plan to get a hard copy as it seems to be one of those books I would turn to time and time again for a perspective check and maybe even a new insight should I mature in my walk. May God bless your journey to seek Him wholly!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Excellent book. Rich in theology and scripture, and also full of practical wisdom. It challenged and encouraged me and I highly recommend!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Drew Dixon

    This book was one of the most fruitful and refreshing school assignments I've ever received. I have heard much talk of Tozer lately and now that I have read him I understand why. Every sentences drips with wisdom that has been soaked in much prayer. He writes beautifully and poetically. Such crafted language is beautiful enough to make one want to pursue God. Yet it is not the outer beauty of the writing that captures a person in this book, it is the passionate heart-filled exhortations which ov This book was one of the most fruitful and refreshing school assignments I've ever received. I have heard much talk of Tozer lately and now that I have read him I understand why. Every sentences drips with wisdom that has been soaked in much prayer. He writes beautifully and poetically. Such crafted language is beautiful enough to make one want to pursue God. Yet it is not the outer beauty of the writing that captures a person in this book, it is the passionate heart-filled exhortations which overflow with love for Jesus that make one desire to pursue God after reading this book. Tozer writes not only with passion, but also with God-exalting humility. This is seen in his own description of the book: "This book is a modest attempt to aid God's hungry children so 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 most delightful and wonderful to me. Others before me have gone much father into these holy mysteries than I have done, but if my fire is not large it is yet real, and there may be those who can light their candle at its flame." I have found light in this book that has enlightened my dull vision and warmth which has impassioned my heart. I greatly recommend this book for anyone who wishes to draw nearer to and deeper with God.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rick Dugan

    Considering Tozer wrote this classic on an all night train from Chicago to Texas, I'm challenged to redeem the time I spend on airplanes! This intensely spiritual yet practical book gets beyond emotive arguments for pursuing God. Tozer stimulates a hunger for God and teaches us to find him in various ways and placed. He kindles the fire so that we become dissatisfied to religious programs and orthodox theology alone. Nothing less than the presence of God will satisfy. I was especially challenged Considering Tozer wrote this classic on an all night train from Chicago to Texas, I'm challenged to redeem the time I spend on airplanes! This intensely spiritual yet practical book gets beyond emotive arguments for pursuing God. Tozer stimulates a hunger for God and teaches us to find him in various ways and placed. He kindles the fire so that we become dissatisfied to religious programs and orthodox theology alone. Nothing less than the presence of God will satisfy. I was especially challenged by the chapters on meekness, possessing nothing, hearing the voice of God, and apprehending God by faith. Difficult yet worthy goals of discipleship. A book worth your time.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bookish Ally

    I would recommend this to any Christian. In fact, once I finished, I ran down to Barnes & Noble and bought 2 extra copies for friends. I took my time to read it (4.5 months). Read it, shared excerpts with others, meditated on it. This explores the importance of passion in seeking God by a man who lived with passion for God. It is so easy to get distracted by a noisy and demanding world and this book is spiritual succour I would recommend this to any Christian. In fact, once I finished, I ran down to Barnes & Noble and bought 2 extra copies for friends. I took my time to read it (4.5 months). Read it, shared excerpts with others, meditated on it. This explores the importance of passion in seeking God by a man who lived with passion for God. It is so easy to get distracted by a noisy and demanding world and this book is spiritual succour

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kiel

    This beautiful little book is a must-read for every Christian. I will be rereading it again, hopefully in the near future. Tozer has a sensitive heart, but he also isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. I underlined and copied out many meaningful lines on which to meditate later. This book is a call to the heart of the believer to get back to the very basic gospel and to seek the Lord with all of oneself. Truly challenging and encouraging at the same time!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gumble's Yard

    A simple but powerfully written book, originally published in 1948, and which I read in 5 sessions for a weekly discussion with a Christian friend. The book eschews the complexities of theology for a simple and practical focus on the face and presence of God throughout our lives (putting other distractions aside).

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Larimer

    The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer 1897-1963 is a non fiction inspirational Christian book. A.W. Tozer became a Christian after hearing a street preacher in Akron, Ohio. He was a self taught theologian. He was a pastor, writer, teacher . His books are often used by pastors in sermons. This book is considered a classic. It draws and shows the reader their need for a deeper relationship with God. It is well written and well respected in the Christian world. The book describes who God is and makes t The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer 1897-1963 is a non fiction inspirational Christian book. A.W. Tozer became a Christian after hearing a street preacher in Akron, Ohio. He was a self taught theologian. He was a pastor, writer, teacher . His books are often used by pastors in sermons. This book is considered a classic. It draws and shows the reader their need for a deeper relationship with God. It is well written and well respected in the Christian world. The book describes who God is and makes the reader want to know Him on a deeper level. This book was given to me by Bethany publisher to read and review . The opinions are my own. Thank you to the author and publisher for allowing me to read and review this book. I will share my review on facebook, goodreads, Amazon, my blog , bookbub, with church staff.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    One of the most profound books I’ve ever read was A.W. Tozer’s book The Pursuit of God. Even before I ever read this book and before I even heard of John Piper, God was already laying the foundations in my heart, teaching me the discipline of seeking Him. “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:5 esv When I first read The Pursuit of God it was like water to my dry soul. I h One of the most profound books I’ve ever read was A.W. Tozer’s book The Pursuit of God. Even before I ever read this book and before I even heard of John Piper, God was already laying the foundations in my heart, teaching me the discipline of seeking Him. “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:5 esv When I first read The Pursuit of God it was like water to my dry soul. I hadn’t ever read anything like it and I couldn’t put it down. Since them I have read it more times than I can count. I now have the added advantage of having it on audio, so I listen to it regularly. Each time I read it I am encouraged in a new way. I think it would be in line with Tozer to say that we do not take the time to truly study anything anymore. With the dawn of the digital age, we are more susceptible to just move on to the next book without actually grasping everything there is to know in the last one. The Pursuit of God is one of those books that ought to be studied by everyone. It’s not very long, but each chapter is very deep. While there are several orthodoxy points I would probably take issue with, I cannot read The Pursuit of God without worshiping. Ever chapter finishes with a prayer that convicts my heart and brings the lessons that much closer to my soul. Next week WOTG will dedicate the whole week to specific lessons from The Pursuit of God and Tozer’s life. I hope that you’ll find value in the lessons, but more-so, I hope you find the time to not only ready Tozer, but to study and know him as you pursue God. Check out my book reviews every Wednesday at worthyofthegospel.com

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    "God is here when we are wholly unaware of it. He is manifest only when and as we are aware of his presence. On our part there must be surrender to the Spirit of God, for His work it is to show us the Father and the Son. If we cooperate with Him in loving obedience, God will manifest himself to us, and that manifestation will be the difference between a nominal Christian life and a life radiant with the Light of His face." I am thankful for this book at this time in my life. I feel like it taugh "God is here when we are wholly unaware of it. He is manifest only when and as we are aware of his presence. On our part there must be surrender to the Spirit of God, for His work it is to show us the Father and the Son. If we cooperate with Him in loving obedience, God will manifest himself to us, and that manifestation will be the difference between a nominal Christian life and a life radiant with the Light of His face." I am thankful for this book at this time in my life. I feel like it taught me things I hadn't considered before, and showed me the areas where I was deficient in my relationship with Christ. I will be reflecting upon this book for weeks to come.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brandon R

    If only 6 stars was an option.... I believe a must read for those whom the Lord has called into fellowship with him. This book places knowledge in its proper place and penetrates straight to the heart. Correct heart posture is our ONLY hope in pursuing God and his righteousness. What a blessing knowledge can be, but only if the heart is truly the Lords.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brian Ming

    A classic, by one of the greatest minds and theologians of our time. Although written a long time ago, the content still holds true. It challenged me. Encouraged me. After reading this I can honestly say, "I want more of God." And isn't that the point?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cara DeBenedictis

    Amazing book. I read it over the course of a month just taking it chapter by chapter because the chapters do a good job of standing alone. This book is a good medium between a Christian life feel good/little theology book and a theologically dense book. It had some really profound statements that impacted my life and are backed with scripture, what’s more to like! 5 stars because I think the way I read it (slow and discussing with others) is the way it should be read and was hugely impactful! Also Amazing book. I read it over the course of a month just taking it chapter by chapter because the chapters do a good job of standing alone. This book is a good medium between a Christian life feel good/little theology book and a theologically dense book. It had some really profound statements that impacted my life and are backed with scripture, what’s more to like! 5 stars because I think the way I read it (slow and discussing with others) is the way it should be read and was hugely impactful! Also I want to read this again every year so I think that makes it 5 stars too.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    This book stirred my passions, drew me in with the intense beauty of God, while at the same time gripped me with conviction. The core of this writing lies in the fact that before a person determines to seek out God, God has been already been pursuing him..."The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him; and all the while we are pursuing Him we are already in His hand: "Thy right hand upholdeth me." I am dumbfounded. Other concept This book stirred my passions, drew me in with the intense beauty of God, while at the same time gripped me with conviction. The core of this writing lies in the fact that before a person determines to seek out God, God has been already been pursuing him..."The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him; and all the while we are pursuing Him we are already in His hand: "Thy right hand upholdeth me." I am dumbfounded. Other concepts that have helped me: [For those who intend to gaze forever upon Jesus] "God takes this intention for our choice and makes what allowances he must for a thousand distractions which beset us in this evil world...we can...comfort ourselves with the knowledge that a habit of soul is forming which will become after a while a sort of spiritual reflex requiring no more conscious effort on our part." [Faith is a gaze of the heart at God and as we form an] "inward habit of beholding God. A new set of eyes (so to speak) will develop within us enabling us to be looking at God while our outward eyes are seeing the scenes of this passing world." The Chapter Titles:(my interpretation in parenthesis) 1:Following Hard After God 2:Blessedness of Possessing Nothing 3:Removing the Veil (Barrier to God) 4:Apprehending God (Personal Relationship with God) 5:Universal Presence (Omniscience) 6:Speaking Voice (His Word is Written and Speaks) 8:Gaze of the Soul (Developing Faith) 8:Restoring the Creator-creature Relation (A Proper Perspective of the Temporal and the Eternal) 9:Meekness and Rest (The Burden of Self-Love) 10:Sacrament of Living (The Undivided Life) I understand that the book intended to address some misdirected/erroneous ideas and practices within Christianity at the time of Tozer's writin, so some sections seem over-accentuated. But overall, this is a good resource for recharging the fire in following Christ.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    This little classic is a gem and is actually available for free in e-versions! Tozer speaks in plain language about profound spiritual realities ranging from our longing for God to the blessedness of possessing nothing to the quality of meekness to the way we divide sacred from secular in our lives. He explores how it is that we open ourselves up to God and hear God. While there are points at which his references are plainly connected to his own time, this is more than made up for by the spiritu This little classic is a gem and is actually available for free in e-versions! Tozer speaks in plain language about profound spiritual realities ranging from our longing for God to the blessedness of possessing nothing to the quality of meekness to the way we divide sacred from secular in our lives. He explores how it is that we open ourselves up to God and hear God. While there are points at which his references are plainly connected to his own time, this is more than made up for by the spiritual richness in these pages. We used this for a book discussion and each chapter provided us with 45 minutes of rich content for discussion and the prayers at the end of each chapter became our prayers to end our time together.

  29. 4 out of 5

    John Kirkwood

    I rarely hand out five stars. But this book is worth it only considering the prayers at the end of every chapter. However, the content of the book is filled with wonderful insights, the likes of G. Campbell Morgan and Alexander McLaren. It's a short read but full of dynamite. You can spend many hours meditating on what you will read here.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    I have so many highlights, it's hard to sit down and pick the best. Excellent book!

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