Book Review: The Pursuit of God By A.W Tozer

In recent months I found myself in the most challenging of times as I faced unexpected and untimely tragedy. Throughout this time, I realized that I needed God’s comforting hand that has given me so much grace and mercy on many separate occasions. Ultimately, I understood that I needed to draw my eyes to the Lord and so I decided to pick up a book that seemed fitting enough to both encourage and challenge me in this endeavor. The book that I chose was “The Pursuit of God” by A.W. Tozer and after reading it I have found myself more impassioned in my pursuit of God.

Intimate Pursuit of God

If you desire to be challenged, to grow, to be examined, and to ultimately pursue God, then this book is for you. In this book, Tozer attempts to assist Christians in the continual pursuit of God. He humbly promotes intimacy with God as he candidly states, “This book is a modest attempt to aid God’s hungry children so to find Him. Nothing here is new except in the sense that it is a discovery which my own heart has made of spiritual realities most delightful and wonderful to me.” (Preface)

Introspective Pursuit of God

Although the book is a short size of 111 pages, it is overflowing with wisdom as Tozer tactfully approaches each chapter with careful consideration. Throughout the progression of the book, he gently but boldly pierces the mind of the reader in regard to the practical application of the truth we find in God’s word. It is amazing how he can address the thoughts of his readers and confront the nuanced ways that we can twist and manipulate the outworking of God’s word in our own lives. For me, this aspect of Tozer’s writing left me both convicted and refreshed.

Committed Pursuit God

Within the book, Tozer discusses diverse topics including the goal of following God first, committing ourselves to God, and comprehending the reality of God and His presence in our everyday lives. During my reading, I was especially challenged by the chapter titled The Blessedness of Possessing Nothing, when he profoundly stated, “We are often hindered from giving up our treasures to the Lord out of fear for their safety; this is especially true when those treasures are loved relatives and friends. But we need have no such fears. Our Lord came not to destroy but to save. Everything is safe which we commit to Him, and nothing is really safe which is not so committed.” (17) This was a beautiful reminder for me to keep my hands open and to commit myself, my dearest friends and family, and my things to the Lord. He ultimately cares more about me and knows what is best for me so I would be foolish to try and hold onto anything with a tight grip.

Impassioned Pursuit of God

He further challenged me personally in my attentiveness towards God and how important my relationship with Him is. In encouraging love for God among his readers, Tozer states in the chapter titled Removing the Veil, “The great ones of the kingdom have been those who loved God more than others did. We all know who they have been and gladly pay tribute to the depths and sincerity of their devotion.” (27)

Your Pursuit of God

This book is an excellent resource for those interested in a devotional read that will examine their walk and challenge their minds. It may be a short book, but I would encourage you to take your time and prayerfully consider your time with the Lord. Making this book an edition to your library will likely result in it being a treasured motivation for your pursuit of God.

 

Review by Caleb Bonney

 

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