Friday, April 1, 2011

From the Library of A.W. Tozer by James Stuart Bell

From the Library of A. W. Tozer: Selections From Writers Who Influenced His Spiritual Journey
The Pursuit of God was my introduction to A.W. Tozer, and I've been hooked ever since. Tozer wrote, preached, and lived with such passion for God and his Word. He was never satisfied with mere knowledge and facts, he desired to know his God intimately. I want this desire. How did he get it?

The first thing we notice about Tozer's life was his devotion to prayer and the reading of scripture. He spent time with God. He sought him in his word. These activities were to fulfill his longing for God, yet in the process left him with a hunger for more. It seems the closer he approached the Holy, the closer he wanted to be.

Tozer was also an avid reader. He read the works of great men who had walked in the faith before him. He learned from those who shared his desire. His library contained volumes written through out Christianity, even from the beginning of church history. These men taught, shaped, and encouraged, his extraordinary life.

From The Library of A.W. Tozer is a collection of  these writings that contributed to Tozer's life and ministry. The book is comprised of short selections from many different authors and works, whose names include Augustine, Anselm, Thomas a Kempis, Bunyan, Edwards, Spurgeon, and many more. They are arranged in eight chapters, each with its own topic. The book can be read as a devotional, a selection at time, or for research by looking to the corresponding chapters. Another helpful feature, is the inclusion of a short biography of each author, located in the back.

This is a great book, exposing the reader to many of the influences in Tozer's life. These are authors that I have always desired to read, but had never before been afforded the opportunity. Now that I've had a taste, I will definitely be seeking out more of their works.

I'd like to thank Bethany House Publishers for sending me this free copy for review.
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