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The Knowledge of the Holy

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The Knowledge of the Holy by popular evangelical author and Christian mystic A.W. Tozer illuminates God’s attributes—from wisdom, to grace, to mercy—and in doing so, attempts to restore the majesty and wonder of God in the hearts and minds of all Christians. A modern classic of Christian testimony and devotion, The Knowledge of the Holy shows us how we can rejuvenate our p ...more
Paperback, 117 pages
Published October 6th 1978 by HarperOne (first published 1961)
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Светлана Scripture records that Jesus had four brothers and at least two sisters, in Mark 6:3 and Matthew 13:55-56. Technically, though, they are all half-sibl…moreScripture records that Jesus had four brothers and at least two sisters, in Mark 6:3 and Matthew 13:55-56. Technically, though, they are all half-siblings, since Jesus did not have an earthly, biological father.
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Joanna Jones
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I have always enjoyed Tozer. He is direct and yet gentle as he exhorts his readers to walk closer to the Lord. ‘Knowledge of the Holy’ is a classic Tozer work. I bought this book at discounted price from here: ...more
Aug 13, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People with the right hearts but wrong heads, sadly the exact opposite of who will probably read it.
Having never before read A.W. Tozer, I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book, and if I expected anything I'm not sure that this was it.

The Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God: Their Meaning in the Christian Life is a study in the unstudiable. It is a scrutiny of that which is inherently inscrutable. It is therefore I think doomed from the start, for the knowledge that it would convey is inexpressible and the wisdom it would impart is far beyond man's understanding.
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great book!

There was a story I learned growing up. Five blind men who did not know what an elephant was like found an elephant. Since they could not see, they felt around to imagine what an elephant would be like. One felt the leg and said, "An elephant is like a tower!". Another felt the trunk and said, "No! it is more like a python!". Another felt the tail and said," No! An elephant is more like a rope!". Another felt the stomach and said," You are all wrong! An elephant is like a big sack!" T
Robbie Pruitt
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Nothing is more important than a right understanding of God, or "thinking rightly about God." In Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer states, "The Church has surrendered her once lofty concept of God and has substituted for it one so low, so ignoble, as to be utterly unworthy of thinking, worshipping men." Tozer is addressing idol worship that many fall into by thinking wrongly about God.

It is into this reality that Tozer speaks in his book, Knowledge of the Holy, which is an excellent study of the
Natalie Weber
Oct 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a brief, but classic, work that I read in preparation for a Bible study in which I was involved this fall. There are 23 chapters, each only several pages long, that expound on some of the many attributes and aspects of God’s nature. A statement in the preface encapsulates nicely why it is so critical to study God: “It is impossible to keep our moral practices sound and our inward attitudes right while our idea of God is erroneous or inadequate.” In the first chapter, Tozer adds, “A right ...more
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read 2012: I read this book at a rate of one chapter each morning, kind of ‘devotional theology’ to go along with regular bible reading and prayer. It was an experiment, and it was great – it may reveal more about my personality than anything else, but I find this kind of theological reading much more encouraging and practically helpful than typical devotional material that I have read in the past. The book itself is known as a classic, and deservedly so. Tozer’s intense, earnest style is perfec ...more
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another of Tozer ' s gems. A description of a selection of God's attributes. It is popular now to talk of God in terms of being a god of love. This diminishes Him by making him into a god of one dimension. God operates with an infinite number of attributes ( many we are most likely unaware of) and all simultaneously and equally. By limiting Him we reduce his influence on the world and our lives. ...more
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
A.W. Tozer begins chapter one saying, "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." This is more or less an agreeable statement, however, the view Tozer takes of God is in many ways an antithesis of who God is. The most profound offence is his neglect of the love of God. While for Tozer everything else such as God's Justice and Omnipotence is a scriptural certitude but when it comes to the sentence "God is love," suddenly Tozer becomes a 19th century B ...more
Michael Locklear
"The Knowledge of the Holy" is a wonderful classic by A. W. Tozer, where he deals with the Divine Attributes of God, such as:
The self-existence of God
The self-sufficiency of God
The immutability of God
The eternity of God
The wisdom of God
And more... His faithfulness, love, mercy, grace, holiness, sovereignty, that He is all-knowing (omniscience), all-powerful (omnipotent) and ever-present (omnipresence).
This is a marvelous little classic worth reading and meditating over. Add it to your li
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. I loved the whole premise of keeping God exalted above all, and our main concern. When you get focused enough and in love enough with just who God is and what he’s done for you, you become truly satisfied. We as humans could definitely use that reminder of God more often. Just forgetting the world and following Christ with everything you are. Hard to keep in mind constantly.
Ayden Osman
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing and I would recommend it to every Christian our there! It’s extremely important to know who our Lord is, and this book covered that so well! It can be a bit of a hard read, but when you figure out what he’s saying, you not only feel super smart because you know what he’s talking about, but you also learn so much! It’s very well written, and a very important read.
Oct 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Michael by: Rodney Cripps
In this work, Tozer tackles arguably the most important question in life—Who is God? He correctly ascertains that so as we think about God, so as life goes. And in his attempt to tell what God is like, he succeeds in at least outlining the major characteristics of God as held by classical, orthodox Christianity.
I’d venture to guess that concepts of God’s unity, simplicity, and being aren’t being discussed, much less understood, outside of a few seminaries, and most of them Catholic. The forma
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology, christian
An exceptional book that serves as a condensed systematic theology. Very simple and easy-to-read, with brief but deep chapters. Each chapter covers an aspect of God and is continuously pointing to how majestic God truly is. This is not meant to be a "one-stop-shop" for your theology but it's a fantastic starting point for beginning a study. ...more
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great classic to read and have available on your bookshelf. The language and message is rich - despite the short book, it took me some time to really meditate and think through. I disagreed with a few concepts but these are minor in comparison with the wisdom and sound theology throughout. Worth the read.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every Christian should read this book.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Almost every heresy that has afflicted the church has arisen from believing about God things that are not true or from overemphasizing certain true things to overshadow others that are equally true." A wonderful exploration into the truths of God and the importance of recognizing that all of these attributes are present all of the time, without contradiction.

Tozer doesn't leave the book without challenging us to put that knowledge into action as "there is a glorified Man on the right hand of t
Jessica Craig
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
“God is a Person and can be known in increasing degrees of intimate acquaintance as we prepare our hearts for the wonder.”
This book was SO good, only gave it 4 stars because it was so hard for me to read... so that’s on me haha. This book brought to light the importance of pursuing knowledge of the Lord, which then leads us to live out of our awe & fear of who He is. This grew my prayers & changed the way I approach Him. I learned a lot and definitely need to read it again to help it sink in mor
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This treasure trove of a book dovetailed beautifully with Pastor’s current series studying the attributes of our great God.
Tyler Gray
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
took so long for me to read this. highly, HIGHLY recommend. i wish i could give it an extra half star. this book did so well of providing overviews of many attributes of God, why we know they’re true, and why they matter. It kept things simple in the best way possible!
Brett Monge
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Each chapter discusses attributes of God. Theological, precise, common-sense and very quotable. Lots of good nuggets in a book of about 120 pages.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this little book. A.W. Tozer explores the many attributes of God in a way that is refreshing and life-giving. I suggest reading this book slowly to be able to take it all in.
Leslie Godwin
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Knowledge of the Holy, by A.W. Tozer, was my first experience actually reading something by the famous, often quoted Tozer. I have to say it wasn't quite what I expected. The Knowledge of the Holy explores the nature of God by looking at *some* of His attributes. This wouldn't be my go-to for new believers. The speech is lofty and Tozer uses circular logic/reasoning at times. That being said, there were some really great analogies and metaphors, and a few of the chapters really stirred my af ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book causes you to think of God in all his majesty and glory. It did so by exposing how my thinking of God was a lot lower than it should be considering the awesome and glorious majesty of God. A true desire to know God as revealed in his word will inevitably result in true and reverent worship of him both privately and publicly.

Tozer shows that we will never fully understand God because he is beyond us. However what he has given us in his word is enough to drown us in his awe and majesty.
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Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent, concise primer on the attributes of God.
Bryce Beale
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I could not give this book fewer than five stars—it was a formative work for me years ago (alongside Tozer’s other work The Pursuit of God), and rereading it once more has only solidified its importance for me.

The book’s main claim is that the plight of contemporary, American Christianity is its low view of God, its loss of the concept of divine majesty. “Contemporary” for Tozer was decades ago but his remarks are more, not less, relevant today.

To combat this, Tozer offers some twenty chapters
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2021
I love his conclusion: "There is a glorified Man on the right hand of the Majesty in heaven faithfully representing us there. We are left for a season among men; let us faithfully represent Him here." ...more
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Tozer had a way of writing that just inspires the very highest thoughts of our magnificent God. In this book he steps through the major attributes of God. His ideas about a few of the attributes were fresh and inspiring. Because of that, sometimes he would err on the side of not coming down on the side. But it was great to be reminded that there are things about God that we can muse and ponder and never get a full answer for because of our finite minds. I read through this kind of fast. If I eve ...more
Lyn Mahler
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This Christian classic should be read and reread by anyone seeking to understand the character of God. Written in short, but deep chapters, each covers a singular attribute of God and with impeccable logic, Tozer intertwines them to bring us near to the Divine.
Abby Brown
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I appreciated Tozer’s method of explaining attributes of God. It was refreshing to read about the importance of His attributes as well as the what that means when the Christian approaches God (or the world). I did not, however, appreciate Tozer’s take on God’s love. He seemed quite agitated with the fact that the Bible says “God is love” and believes that this statement implies we ought to worship love as we worship God. He wanted to note that the Bible should say “God is what love is” because t ...more
Hannah Roberts
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tozer wrote this well. I finish praising God. I think all who read this will finish praising Him, desiring to acquaint oneself with Him more and obey His word.
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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").

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