This was a difficult read. Not in a negative sense but in a more literal sense. The message was dense and full of serious theology. I loved it! I love books like that, but it was hard to digest. It was hard because it got me at the heart, the centre of my whole being and caused me to really ponder on how much my heart really longs for God…
This post will be a review on the wonderful book, ‘The Pursuit of God’ by A. W. Tozer.
“Be thou exalted” is the language of victorious spiritual experience. It is the little key to unlock the door to great treasures of grace. A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, page 78.
- Unfolding thoughts. Tozer writes this book as though it were a collection of letters or journal entries of his findings and deeper understanding of God. I love that, personally, because I can relate to that style of writing. I love to write of what the Lord is teaching me in my journal as a way of keeping track of the lessons taught and also as a way of thinking through my thought processes and clearly laying them out.
- It challenges you. As I mentioned briefly above, this book got to the heart of the matter. It’s title alone ‘The Pursuit of God’ allows you to recognise that this is an ongoing journey if you will, a battle. Through the Christian walk it can sometimes feel like that, where you are fighting to see clearly and to stay focused on the prize – eternity with Our Father, knowing Him more and more – forever. It makes you examine your own heart (besides, if a openly Christian book does not do this you have to question why not?!)
- It uncovers the hunger past men of the faith had for God… and you desire that too! Whilst reading this book, many wonderment statements came into my mind. “This is so amazing, look what God downloaded into this man!”, “So powerful”, “I want to search God’s Scriptures and know more about this bit…” Pursuing God is truly about getting to know Him more, sitting in His Word, reading it for yourself and asking the Lord to break it down for you.
Let the average man be put to the proof on the question of who is above, and his true position will be exposed. Let him be forced into making a choice between God and money, between God and men, between God and personal ambition, God and self, God and human love, and God will take second place every time. Those other things will be exalted above. However the man may protest, the proof is in the choices he makes day after day throughout his life. A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, page 78.
Style and Writing
- It’s timeless. People say times have changed with information and technology expanding rapidly, but it terms of human battles and struggles, nothing is new under the sun. A. W. Tozer’s writing is as though he were talking about todays affairs: not dedicating enough time to the Word, being distracted, man being their own god, pursuing our own goals rather than the will of our Father in Heaven. Those are all too common excuses, which although the book was written in the 50’s, are very relevant in today’s world. These are the last and evil days, yesterday, the 1900’s and 2000 years ago.
- The chapters were essays in themselves. Each chapter could stand alone if it were taken away from the rest of the book. That’s how focused and fine tuned it was. They were written with exhortation and warning. There was always a beginning a middle and an end to his points, yet they all flowed together to make his one major point about the pursuit of God.
- Has many quotable sentences. The book is full of perfectly worded sentences that could dazzle anyone reading your Facebook status or morning tweet.
I’ll leave you with a quote from the preface by Tozer himself:
For it is not mere words that nourishes the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience they are not the better for having heard the truth. The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and centre of their hearts. A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, page 5.
Only God can break our stone cold hearts to fill us with His love, His grace and the knowledge of Himself so that then, and only then, can we truly pursue Him
Thanks for reading!