*I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Title: Three Spiritual Classics in One Volume
Author: A.W. Tozer
Published: April 3, 2018
Genres: Non-fiction, Christian, Theology
Synopsis: What Tozer lacked in formal education, he more than made up for in experiential wisdom. Tozer was a man who really knew God, and it showed. People came from all over to hear his sermons because they knew they would go home more in awe of God. That’s why millions keep coming back to his writings, but particularly these three books.
Considered to be Tozer’s greatest works, Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God, and God’s Pursuit of Man are now available in a single volume. In 3 Spiritual Classics, you will discover a God of breathtaking majesty and world-changing love, and you will find yourself worshipping through every page. Encounter Tozer and the God worth worshipping today.
My dad has owned some Tozer’s books for ages. I grew up seeing them on the bookshelf and around the house. I remember flipping though a little book of quotes that sat on one of the side tables in the living room, but never actually reading it from start to finish.
A few years ago, I decided I wanted to try to read one of Tozer’s books so my dad and I could have something to talk about, but I had no idea where to start. After going to the bookstore with my dad, he picked up this book and said something like, “These are the three books I don’t own in one volume, and the font size is great!” I recognized the cover from MP News Room’s list of books for review, and told him I could request it in exchange for an honest review. So not only would I finally read a Tozer book (or well, three!), I could do something nice for my dad. 🙂
The Knowledge of the Holy is the first book in this three book bind-up. It was first published in 1961 and is about the attributes of God. A verse that comes to mind is Proverbs 9:10. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
The first chapter titled “Why We Must Think Rightly About God” jumps right in saying, “What comes to mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” How true that is!
The first few chapters set the stage, then Tozer moves onto the self-existence, self-sufficiency, and eternity of God. A lot of these topics are the mysteries of God since the human mind can’t fully understand.
Other topics Tozer talks about is God’s immutability, divine omniscience, wisdom, omnipotence, transcendence, omnipresence, faithfulness, goodness, justice, mercy, grace, love, holiness, and sovereignty.
One of my favorite quotes from the book is:
“Among the sins to which the human heart is prone, hardly any other is more hateful to God than idolatry, for idolatry is at bottom a libel on His character. The idolatrous heart assumes God is other than He is—in itself a monstrous sin—and substitutes for the true God one made after its own likeness. Always this god will conform to the image of the one who created it and will be base or pure, cruel or kind, according to the moral state of the mind from which it emerges.”
The Pursuit of God and God’s Pursuit of Man are the next two books. From what I’ve seen, God’s Pursuit of Man is Tozer’s “profound prequel to The Pursuit of God”, but it was published two years later (correct me if I’m wrong, sometimes Goodreads has inaccurate dates).
So my first thoughts reading Tozer is that he’s easy to understand, but sometimes I found him kind of hard to follow. These short books are packed with quite a bit of depth in their short chapters, so you will learn a lot in a short amount of time. I think that instead of reading this like a novel, next time I will read it like a devotional and really reflect on what each chapter says and do a personal bible study over it, since at the end of each book are notes and scripture sources.
I think this is a great book, and a must have for every Christian. I just checked Amazon (US), and The Pursuit of God is free on Kindle, so if you want to try Tozer out for yourself, this is a good place to start. 🙂 Here’s the link for ya.