Salvation is from our side a choice, from the divine side […] a conquest of the Most High God. – A. W. Tozer
With words like these, Tozer shakes the soul. He crumbles the lies we believe and calls us to the more sure way.
In these pages, Tozer says what it means to truly be saved. It is not merely to assent to Jesus and go on our same old way, but to be conquered by the Almighty God and invaded by His Spirit. A saved person is a transformed person. Let Tozer upend you in this moving prequel to The Pursuit of God. And being upended, may you be found standing upright in an upside-down world.
I always joke with my husband and children that I have an “In Case of House Fire” book pile.
When I was quite young, our pastor’s home burned down to the ground during the wee morning hours. My parents and I drove over as soon as we heard, and helped them sift through the ashes for personal items that were still salvageable. As I was helping one of their daughters scour through the rubble, she said, “I wish I’d had a small pile of treasures set aside that I could have easily grabbed.” Which got my young mind to thinking.
I remember laying in bed for a few nights after that, wondering what I should put in my small treasure pile. And while that pile has shifted and changed throughout the years, the one thing that is always a constant…and is usually the only item in my hypothetical pile…is my Bible. Now, however, my little treasure stack has grown to two.
My Bible and God’s Pursuit of Man by A.W. Tozer.
While I grew up hearing the name “Tozer,” I have never read any of his work. On a whim, I grabbed the Kindle version of The Pursuit of God and absolutely devoured it. Also, man pursuing God is something that I could easily wrap my head around. But God pursuing man? That was something I hadn’t studied much of. And so I dove into God’s Pursuit of Man with highlighters in hand. What I didn’t count on, was not being willing to stop my reading to use said highlighters. I couldn’t get enough! And when I’d finished, I knew right away that I needed to read it a second time; this time, slowing down to highlight certain passages.
The book is only about 140 pages long and is pretty easy to move through. However, the wisdom he shares is heavy and tightly-packed, worthy of slowing down to really comprehend what is written. There were times that I felt like the author handed me a box of Truth-bombs, then walked away grinning while I unpacked and wrestled with it. And I loved, loved, loved that he talked about the Holy Spirit in such depth.
Bottom Line: Some books are meant to be devoured. This book is meant to be consumed.
There aren't to many books where I say that every, single, Christian needs to own it, but anything, and I do mean ANYTHING from Tozer is a must own. I have come to find that he is one of my favorite authors and his profound words still ring true today.
God's Pursuit of Man is the prequel to another book that Tozer wrote titled The Pursuit of God. I highly suggest you read as much Tozer as you possibly can, but this one book is truly amazing. Start with this one. It will help you understand why you need to make sure you are giving your everything to God and your faith and help you analyze whether you are doing just that or are you just giving a half version of what your faith can be.
I know that Tozer can be a little intimidating and trust me, I was a little concerned as to whether I would gain anything or even understand his teachings and writing since I am not a minister or biblical scholar, but I came to find out while reading this, that yes, I can gain a TON and further my walk with God so much more now that I have introduced Tozer's writing into my life. He has a way of being truly convicting and extremely educating all at the same time, but not in a way that feels like he is talking down to you. It feels like he really wants to help you get to know God more and find a closer relationship with Him.
I highly, HIGHLY suggest that you start reading Tozer's writing if you want to deepen your walk with God. You will never know how great his teachings are until you pick this book up and read it for yourself. I know that I can't get enough of Tozer now!