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The Pursuit of God

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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
Paperback, 132 pages
Published November 12th 2009 by Martino Fine Books (first published 1948)
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Shari In the 1993 edition, see the bottom of page 106 and the top of page 107 in Chapter 9. "The meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his…moreIn the 1993 edition, see the bottom of page 106 and the top of page 107 in Chapter 9. "The meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. ... He knows he is as week and helpless as God has declared him to be, but paradoxically, he knows that the same time that he is, in the sight of God, more important than angels."(less)
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Mike
Mar 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Review

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
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Kurt Nelson
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
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.
Clark Goble
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Angela Wallace
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
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.
Douglas Wilson
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this many moons ago, and just now listened to it again. Very edifying book, with some brilliant sections.
Sarah
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
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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
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Cynthia Vogel
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Chrissy
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Ij
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians, or those seeking knowledge about getting closer to God.
An interesting and inspirational guide for Christians seeking to get closer to God.

The book is public domain and is available free from many sources. I downloaded free, from Amazon, to my Kindle. I listened to it on LibriVox, also free, as I read on Kindle.

It is about a two (2) hour read.
Jeanie
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
Adam
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Drew Dixon
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rick Dugan
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Considering Tozer wrote this classic on an all night train from Chicago to Texas, I'm challenged to redeem the time I spend on airplanes!

This intensely spiritual yet practical book gets beyond emotive arguments for pursuing God. Tozer stimulates a hunger for God and teaches us to find him in various ways and placed. He kindles the fire so that we become dissatisfied to religious programs and orthodox theology alone. Nothing less than the presence of God will satisfy.

I was especially challenged
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Brian Ming
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic, by one of the greatest minds and theologians of our time. Although written a long time ago, the content still holds true. It challenged me. Encouraged me. After reading this I can honestly say, "I want more of God."

And isn't that the point?

Pamela
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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Bob
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jimmy Reagan
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book holds a rightful place on the list of the greatest Christian books of all time. Of the many outstanding books that A. W. Tozer wrote, “The Pursuit of God” is his most popular. If you have ever looked for this title in used bookstores, you probably found it terribly worn. That ragged condition would be from both use and from the inferior binding that I have noticed in many old editions. Moody has thankfully provided us here with an edition that is both economical and of a quality made t ...more
Mary
Apr 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
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
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Mike Duncan
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Ashley (5171MilesBooks)
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
"God is here when we are wholly unaware of it. He is manifest only when and as we are aware of his presence. On our part there must be surrender to the Spirit of God, for His work it is to show us the Father and the Son. If we cooperate with Him in loving obedience, God will manifest himself to us, and that manifestation will be the difference between a nominal Christian life and a life radiant with the Light of His face."

I am thankful for this book at this time in my life. I feel like it taugh
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Lori
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
James
Jan 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
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.
John Kirkwood
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rarely hand out five stars. But this book is worth it only considering the prayers at the end of every chapter. However, the content of the book is filled with wonderful insights, the likes of G. Campbell Morgan and Alexander McLaren. It's a short read but full of dynamite. You can spend many hours meditating on what you will read here.
Kristy
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Patricia
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I have so many highlights, it's hard to sit down and pick the best. Excellent book!
Laura
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has totally changed how I think of my faith. I am looking forward to seeing if I'm still impacted by this book weeks and months from now. I wrote down pages and pages of quotes and notes from this book! Such wonderful reminders here of how following Christ is a LIVING, personal, relevant, daily thing- THE most (only) important thing in my life.

Tozer is a great example of how a PhD level of education isn't necessary for someone to be intelligent or faithful- only the Holy Spirit is nee
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Miles Smith
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Venerable, and still magnificent

Few Christian authors have been able to capture the simple fundamentals of the gospel without resorting to platitudes, to formulaic and typically silly metaphors, or to snobbish over reliance on "liturgy," etc. Tozer offers a vision of the Christian life that any Christian, be they a newly converted beggar or saint of old, needs to be reminded of.
Martha
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enlightening and confirming. This is a wonderful classic to help direct my life focus toward God.

This work confirms the other studies I have been enjoying. I have been participating in a small group study at church called Freedom Course. Its goal is to help the student to discern the difference between living in the tree of knowledge, which brings death, or living in the tree of life that brings freedom. I thought that this audio book would compliment the group study and my Bible reading and it
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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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