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The Pursuit of God

4.37 of 5 stars 4.37  ·  rating details  ·  25,480 ratings  ·  748 reviews
2009 reprint of 1948 First edition. Aiden Wilson Tozer (1897-1963) was an American Christian pastor, preacher, author, magazine editor, Bible conference speaker and spiritual mentor. Hailing from a tiny farming community in western Pennsylvania, his conversion was as a teenager in Akron, Ohio. In 1919, five years after his conversion, and without formal theological trainin ...more
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Published November 12th 2009 by Martino Fine Books (first published 1948)
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I hesitate to call Tozer a theologian because his approach to Christianity and the practice of faith is very practical. He is very well read and often deals with theological topics but he typically scoffs any intellectual dealings with faith and puts forth his down to earth alternative.

The description of "down to earth" only goes so far, because Tozer is also very clearly a mystic. He focuses on experience, feeling and hearing God's voice as important to faith. He also emphasizes th
Kurt Nelson
Broke down in tears reading one of Tozer's prayers. Praise God for the hour I spent reading part of it today, it was as if God was hear with me sharing the wisdom from the book! Incredible book that taught me to slow down and listen to God.
Mike (the Paladin)
This book would/will/does require thought and a solid grounding in the Bible. I find the central theme to be of immense and transcendent value.

The theme dealt with has to do with the basic idea of "finding God" vs. "knowing God" vs. "growing in God"...

I could say a lot but as those reading this will be not only atheist vs. theist but also Christians of various denominations. There are places I must disagree with some of whats taught here, but that does not mean that I disagree with the basic po
Clark Goble
My review of this book can be summed up in four words – it blew me away! Tozer identifies one of the major problems in our Church today. As a Church, we are creating a new breed of Christian who understands doctrine better than at any point in history yet fails to understand what it truly means to be a follower of Christ.

Having identified the problem, Tozer offers a beautiful solution that is more practical and mystical than theological. His book is an invitation for the the reader to seek God a
Angela Wallace
I read this book over and over. It's the one I'd pick to have on a desert island. The way Tozer talks about faith and living the Christian life--he takes what religion has turned into complicated and noncommittal routines and returns to the blessed simplicity of what it means to pursue God, to fully engage your heart with His. I can't write a review that will do the book justice. It's a short one and can be read in one day, so see for yourself.
Tozer writes, "The modern scientist has lost God amid the wonders of His world; we Christians are in real danger of losing God amid the wonders of His Word." Discuss what you feel Tozer means by the second half of his statement.
I’m not sure, but I think he fears we are in danger of living too much by our head knowledge, which is indeed a real danger for christians. We accept with our mind the theological truths of the Bible, but do not show by our actions that we have truly taken them to heart.
Kristian Kilgore
My fourth reading of this classic proves once again that it never fails to challenge, to encourage, and to satisfy. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. AW Tozer's genuine passion for God and to see others encounter and draw near to God is unmistakable. He is relentless with his courageous call for a life lived in opposition to nominal Christianity.

Casual, or common, Christianity is not a legitimate option in Tozer's view of things. The book is basically the author's attempt to walk throu
Cynthia Vogel
Feeling humbled to write a review on a book written by such a man of deep faith as AW Tozer. Nonetheless, I will do so in hopes of convincing some of you to take the plunge. It's a short book 122 pages....the language is a tad archaic but by no means insurmountable.

The thing that most struck me was the importance of keeping our gaze on the Lord no matter what we are doing at the time. No act can be unholy if attempted while keeping our eyes on the FAther. No place is more holy than another. No
Jan 21, 2012 Chrissy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nancy, Terri
Shelves: christian-study
I have been wanting to read this book for a long time, and I am amazed that as I completed this book I wondered that had I read it sooner it would not have been as impacting. As is the way with God, timing is everything-perfect and precise.

I will warn this is not a casual read. I found myself reading and re-reading paragraphs over and over. He has a dizzying intellect and an ability to reach to the heart of things which often is no casual venture. My favorite sections regarded pride, God's inst
Drew Dixon
This book was one of the most fruitful and refreshing school assignments I've ever received. I have heard much talk of Tozer lately and now that I have read him I understand why. Every sentences drips with wisdom that has been soaked in much prayer. He writes beautifully and poetically. Such crafted language is beautiful enough to make one want to pursue God. Yet it is not the outer beauty of the writing that captures a person in this book, it is the passionate heart-filled exhortations which ov ...more
"How tragic that we in this dark day have had our seeking done for us by our teachers. Everything is made to center upon the initial act of 'accepting' Christ (a term, incidentally, which is not found in the Bible) and we are not expected therafter to crave any further revelation of God to our souls."

"The pronouns my and mine look innocent enough in print, but their constant and universal use is significant. They express the real nature of the old Adamic man better than a thousand volumes of the

It has been my goal to read many of those considered great Christian thinkers in the past. A.W. Tozer is one of those men who has often been quoted by people I know so I decided that I would at last read his most famous work. While I enjoyed it, and agree with the concept within, as an entire work - for this moment - I found it too short and too brief in the ways it covered various topics. But this might be just at this moment. Perhaps the next time I read it I will discover a new and greater de
I read this on my Kindle, and my 14 pages of highlights and notes are testament to the fact that I found it highly interesting and helpful in my understanding of how to have a personal relationship with a living God. The bottom line idea that Tozer wishes to portray is that we must use the analogy of any personal relationship we wish to cultivate. "We have almost forgotten that God is a Person and, as such, can be cultivated as any person can." If we want to have a better relationship with a per ...more
Every Christian should read this book. This book had clairification backed up with scripture. As I was reading, I had a longing in my heart. It's focus is on the Lord, not on what I can do better, or what I need to do, or need not do. It was about surrending and the importantance of knowing who God is. In my own walk with the Lord, I am amazed every year on what there is to know about the Lord, his character, his desires and how much I lack. This book is a freeing that it releases many lies that ...more
One of the most profound books I’ve ever read was A.W. Tozer’s book The Pursuit of God. Even before I ever read this book and before I even heard of John Piper, God was already laying the foundations in my heart, teaching me the discipline of seeking Him.

“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:5 esv

When I first read The Pursuit of God it was like water to my dry soul. I h
I picked this one up, probably, b/c it was short and I'd never read anything by Tozer. I'd heard, when I was young and impressionable, that he was on the "mystical" side of things, and that, at first, scared me and, later, intriguied me.

Tozer describes relationship w/ God in nontraditional terms, which could be mystical or could just be refreshingly innovative. His language transcends the ordinary and ventures into philosophy and even physics. "There must be somewhere a fixed center," he writes
Mike Duncan
Apr 06, 2013 Mike Duncan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: and Christian or someone interested in Christianity.
I read as many books as I can find about Christianity and this book came highly recommended. I find in this book a profound love for Christ by Mr. Tozer. This is a must-read for any Christian. Every chapter ends with a short prayer, that I read out loud every time I read the book. It will instill a greater knowledge and understanding of Christ's love for you every time you read it. I won't give any details away because I believe the book needs to be read to understand what I'm writing. There are ...more
This little classic is a gem and is actually available for free in e-versions! Tozer speaks in plain language about profound spiritual realities ranging from our longing for God to the blessedness of possessing nothing to the quality of meekness to the way we divide sacred from secular in our lives. He explores how it is that we open ourselves up to God and hear God. While there are points at which his references are plainly connected to his own time, this is more than made up for by the spiritu ...more
This book was a free Kindle download on my iPhone, and if I had realized what a treasure I've been carrying with me, I would never have looked at Facebook or any other app. I knew in the back of my head that this was classic Christian Literature, but I found it so practically applicable to the culture today. I found myself reading and re-reading certain pages, not because they were difficult to understand, but because I was in awe of how these words on the page so accurately summed up the strugg ...more
This was a May re-read. Tozer is an incredibly rich writer which defies easy categorization. Your everyday evangelical, fundamentalist mystic radio-preacher from a few decades back. So much here that is worth digesting slowly. With as much as I read, it is sometimes daunting dipping back to old favorites. Will they hold up? Will they be good as I remember them? In this case, just rewards--Tozer is the real deal.
This has been a great book to read and listen to simultaneously while being off work due to an injury. I found this book to be refreshing, encouraging,and challenging. I loved the prayers at the end of each chapter, which help one start to put into practice these great seeds of the Christian faith gleaned by Tozer.
I have so many highlights, it's hard to sit down and pick the best. Excellent book!
Tim Baumgartner
There's a lot of great nuggets in here [although some things written seemed a bit aged]. Tozer has some great reminders in here and as I worked through the book, it was awesome to see how so much of what I read for my devotions matched with things I was reading in his book. Moreover, I was exposed recently to the 'Top 50 Books That Influenced Evangelicals' [from 2006]. As I scrolled down the list, I noticed this book was NOT included. However, I saw his book "Knowledge of the Holy' was included. ...more
Adam Shields
Short review: Increasingly I am finding books of real worth that need multiple readings. I am intentionally scheduling these books to be re-read and most of them are even richer the second time. This is my first reading of The Pursuit of God, but it is on my 'read again' list. If you are serious about seeking after God, this is one of the better books on the theology and practical working out of how to do that. It is not a 'spiritual disciplines' book like Richard Foster, but does include some o ...more
This book stirred my passions, drew me in with the intense beauty of God, while at the same time gripped me with conviction. The core of this writing lies in the fact that before a person determines to seek out God, God has been already been pursuing him..."The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him; and all the while we are pursuing Him we are already in His hand: "Thy right hand upholdeth me." I am dumbfounded.

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"Shoreless Ocean, who can sound Thee?"

I think to some extent this book is self-selecting. In other words, you would never read it if there wasn't a high likelihood that you would enjoy it. And I did enjoy it! That being said my overall take on Tozer is that he has some great insights and the only criticism I can make is that at times he seems to downgrade (mildly and not without charity) those of us who take an intellectual approach to faith and its practice. I do agree with Tozer that the major
Far different from the cool, intellectual books that have become my norm, Tozer writes from a deeply devotional viewpoint. Tozer's undeniable love for God expressed in his work is sadly lacking precise and coherent articulation. His deeply devotional perspective leads him to indulge in many metaphors and hyperboles that were irritating to read due to their obvious lack of precision, their ambiguity, and their more or less anti-intellectual nature. Also, Tozer claims on more than one occasion tha ...more
Dave Johnson
well, to everyone reading this review, i guess you'll have to go out and buy this book, because this is one of the best and most inspiring christian books out there. i actually listened to this as an audiobook, but i'm also going to buy the actual printed book because i want to go back and read this with my eyes and underline some of the good parts.

with a subject like pursuing God, many authors could easily go into the vein of oughts and duties, and how much we should be chasing after God, etc.
This is a book that is at once complex yet uplifting. Tozer is an inspirational man, in the introduction it is mentioned that he would read Shakespeare on his knees because seeking truth and seeking God were one and the same to him. The truths that he presents in the book are so fundamental, so simple, yet so often overlooked, even in the lives of people we consider "good" Christians.

Tozer's main point is this: Let God be your only treasure. In the beginning, man's heart held only God. All other
Matt Ely
A confusing read to be sure. Tozer stands at the root of what we would now call Christian evangelicalism, in fact he uses the term as well as "conservative" to describe his own theology. The book was published in 1948, so it's interesting to see exactly what he's comparing himself against.

The book seems to address Christians exclusively, making the now-outdated assumption that the biggest threats to the faith are lax spiritual lives and also Catholicism. Although he shows a clear basis in the c
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Aiden Wilson Tozer was an American evangelical pastor, speaker, writer, and editor. After coming to Christ at the age of seventeen, Tozer found his way into the Christian & Missionary Alliance denomination where he served for over forty years. In 1950, he was appointed by the denomination's General Council to be the editor of "The Alliance Witness" (now "Alliance Life").

Born into poverty in we
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“God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which he must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.” 291 likes
“Jesus calls us to his rest, and meekness is His method. The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort.” 127 likes
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