"We have done nothing until we have left the world and set our faces toward the city of God in hard, practical reality." —A. W. Tozer
Readers love Tozer the way we love friends who tell the hard truth. The truth is often bitter, but if we are wise we will drink it down, and we'll be thankful we did. In Culture, A. W. Tozer tells it how it is: to follow Christ toward heaven is to invite trouble in this world.
Within these pages are reflections on the true nature of the church, the cost of following Jesus, and the blessed hope of the heaven-bound.
Read Culture to be made sober, determined, and bold in a world that would rather you quietly blend in.
The dictionary defines culture as “a particular stage of civilization.” In other words, culture is constantly being molded by those who are exercising influence on it at a particular moment. What about Christians? How are they supposed to influence culture? That is a subject that can be so perfectly addressed by A.W. Tozer in a collection of insights in the book with the apropos title “Culture.”
A.W. Tozer was a man ahead of his time. Although born in 1897, he had a God-given knack for reading the current culture, ascertaining how the church was influencing or being influenced by civilization, and making accurate predictions of what was coming next. This amazing foresight was on display throughout his long and extensive preaching and writing ministry.
“Culture” is a collection of chapters from more than a dozen of his books. Time and time again you will read how accurately he read the trends in civilization and warned the church how she should respond. Today we have the advantage of looking around us to see how many of his unheeded warnings have come to make up our current culture.
I love the sub-title for this book: “Living as Citizens of Heaven on Earth.” Although Tozer is no longer with us, his wise words still are. And it’s still not too late for the church to heed his words and make the changes he outlined. Anyone who believes that Christians can still make a difference in our culture will enjoy reading “Culture.”
A.W. Tozer's writings make you wonder if he had a telescope that could see into the future. Because even though his writings are from the deep past, it is as if he is seeing our world today and writing in the midst of it.
In this edition on Culture, Tozer writes on 24 issues that address living as a Christian in an UnChristian culture. This book is a brief collection of his thoughts that he penned on being light in a dark world.
Once you dive into this book, you will see that Tozer has a clear gauge on what it means to live for Christ, no matter what century he was in. That is what makes Tozer so unique...is that he was so fixated on Christ that everything he said & wrote was and is relevant to all generations.
Once again, I highly recommend this brief title from Tozer. It is full of biblical truth & ought to be pondered on.
Culture presents the truth concerning faith, holiness, righteousness, living as a Christian, the church as God meant it to be, church leaders, our choices, and so much more. Culture tells of the world we live in and the world we are to work towards. A. W. Tozer does not waste time tickling the ears of those who read his words. He tells it how it is regardless of the thoughts and opinions of others; whether good or bad.
I could not put Culture down. A. W. Tozer has awakened my soul and set it on fire for the Lord. This is what my soul thirsted to hear…and now it hungers for more. My eyes have been opened to the truth, no matter how hard some of it may be to swallow, I receive it in its entirety. Now I can see clearly what needs to be changed in my life and what I need to look out for in concerning my choices and decisions. This is no longer my life to live, but a life given to the Lord that I may serve Him and follow His direction and purpose for me. For the Lord’s way is much better than my own way. I highly recommend Culture to all!
Sometimes it feels like the culture is against us. Scratch that. Most of the time it feels like the culture is anti-Christian, and increasingly Christians feel uncomfortable with what passes at right, wrong and trendy among the people that we live in. It seems like more and more often our beliefs are completely opposed to the beliefs that we see modeled around us. So, what are we to do? How are we to live? These are the very thoughts that are spoken and questions that are answered in Culture: Living as Citizens of Heaven on Earth–Collected Insights from A.W. Tozer.
A.W. Tozer was a Christian theologian, writer and pastor who lived in the first half of the twentieth century, and he wrote often about how following Christ is inviting trouble in the world, as well as how we should live as citizens of heaven. This book is a small sampling of 24 pieces of writing on what it means to be a Christian in a world that is largely uninterested in Christ. This book covers topics such as, truth, the meaning of the church, the veracity of Scripture, and how Christians should live in this world while maintaining their identities as citizens of another.
The book is short, only 164 pages, but it is very deep. I spent much of the time I was reading it underlining passages and thinking about the words that had been written. Especially helpful to me were such writings as walking the “spiritual-or-secular” tightrope, the sacrament of living and why the world cannot receive Jesus. Tozer also speaks sternly to the church on why we’re losing our impact on the world and what our churches should actually look like.
I found this to be an excellent collection of Tozer’s writing, and if you’ve never been exposed to Tozer’s writing, an excellent introduction to his work. It made me put some of the books that these excerpts were taken from on my “to-read” list, and I’m excited about the idea of spending more time in his writing soon.
This is one of those books that was hard to put down and is hard to do a review for, because I have so much I could write about it, all good! A few of you know Tozer is one of my favorites, the way he writes is so relevant for today's world as it was back when he lived. His words speak the truth from God's Word. A couple sections in this book convicted me deeply, so I am pondering on those words and praying about them. In this book you can feel how Tozer's desire for the church is to keep it full of Biblical truth! So many of the churches today have gone astray or have turned to more entertainment, then sharing the truth of God's Word.
The are 24 short chapters, but even though short chapters, they are very deep! The first chapter brought light to an area I have struggled in. He talks about sacraments and the spiritual slavery bondage vs. sacramental quality of everyday living, which was so eye opening to me. When I was young I was taught in the church, we had to do our hail Mary's, use holy water, observe lent, holy week, etc...But those are not necessary, they mean nothing if we our heart is not truly worshiping. I loved what Tozer said, "we do not know when we are well off". Christ freed us from that! "Motive is everything. Let a man sanctify the Lord God in his heart and he can thereafter do no common act. All he does is good and acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."
"Shall we preserve the truth and the practice of the truth, or shall we alter it just comfortable in order to be more popular, gain more adherents, and get along easier with the world?" I have for one been a part of churches that either bend or stick to truth. That is a hard place to be in. I have learned sticking to truth and not bending to the world is right! Not always easy and fun, but then it wouldn't be truth and I wouldn't be glorifying God. There are so many consequences when you bend the truth, and Tozer shares more about those in the book.
I highly recommend this book to all!