A.W. Tozer: Three Spiritual Classics in One Volume Review

Book Review: 

The first thing I must say is that Tozer writes beautifully! His way with words and flowing prose made these books a delightful read. His writing was so superb that I had to restrain myself from highlighting every other sentence. I also enjoyed the poetry and hymns he included throughout these books. It made for a richer reading experience. Now for the specifics.

The Knowledge of the Holy
In The Knowledge of the Holy, Tozer studied the various attributes of God from his incommunicable ones like the self -existence of God, or his self-sufficiency, to his communicable ones like His goodness, love, holiness, etc.
In Tozer’s day (and ours too), Christians had a low view of God. He said in the preface, “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.” Therefore, he wrote this book to help Christians regain a higher view of God and rediscover His majesty and grandeur.
The Knowledge of the Holy has 23 chapters. The first one is an explanation of why it is critical we think rightly about God, and the remaining sections are God’s various attributes.

As mentioned previously, Tozer’s goal in writing this book was to reacquaint us with God’s majesty. And he hit his target outstandingly! The Knowledge of the Holy explained the attributes of God in such a profound way that it can only give the reader a high view of God. By the time I finished this book, I just wanted to fall on my knees in awe, sing the hymn How Great Thou Art, and chant with the psalmist, “Who is like the LORD our God, the One who sits enthroned in high?” (Psalm 113:5)
The knowledge of the Holy improved my perspective of God and gave me a much higher view of Him. Meditating on His awesomeness and greatness blew away my finite mind, and it changed the way I pray and the way I worship.

The Pursuit of God
In this book, Tozer shows us what it means to pursue God in our ever busy and crowded lives. Tozer was concerned that evangelicals spent a lot of time studying the Holy scriptures without taking time to be still and experience God’s closeness and presence.
He said, “The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His presence, and may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.” Consequently, Tozer wrote this book so that believers hungry to experience God and hungry to enjoy His sweet presence can find Him. The Pursuit of God is divided into ten chapters, and each shows a different way we can pursue God and experience Him.

Tozer also did a fantastic job of showing us how to experience God’s presence. He wasn’t teaching mysticism and sensuality, as it is common in many churches today. His was a biblical teaching on knowing God experientially.

I was familiar with Matthew 6:33, which says to seek God’s kingdom and righteousness first, but I never realized what it entailed. This book shone a light on it and taught me what it looks like to genuinely pursuing God. The Pursuit of God also made me realize that I long for worldly things more than I long for God. And this conviction alone made this book worth it. Now, I have this hunger and longing to know God and pursue Him and pray that it surpasses every other desire in my life. Tozer also included short prayers at the end of each chapter, which I thought was helpful.

God’ Pursuit of Man
God’s Pursuit of Man is the prequel to The Pursuit of God. In this book, Tozer teaches us the real meaning of salvation and what it means to be “conquered by the Almighty God and invaded by His Spirit.” Tozer wrote this book because he felt an unbearable burden to write and wanted to remind us of the power of God and the importance of being Spirit-filled. God’s pursuit of man also has ten short chapters, each of which addresses an aspect of God’s redemptive acts.

I enjoyed this book a little less than the other two, but it was still outstanding. I especially liked that Tozer mostly focused on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Most books about salvation usually focus on the atoning work of Christ, so it was refreshing to read more on this aspect of God’s redemptive work.

Overall, I genuinely enjoyed all three books, and I wholeheartedly recommend it! Even though it was written a while back, it is still relevant in our day, and reading it will bless you. It certainly blessed me!

*Moody Publishers graciously gave me a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.*