Book Review of 'Born After Midnight', by A.W. Tozer
*A free copy of this book was given to me by Moody Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The year was 1959, long before A. W. Tozer could have imagined the status of the church today in the United States; and yet somehow, he captured in his work, ‘Born After Midnight’, the essence of a church where seeking after self, has replaced seeking after Jesus Christ. Where enjoyment of life on planet earth, has replaced longing for the afterlife where believers will walk forever in the presence of the Lord.
From the beginning, his words stirred my heart. His concepts are weighty and deep, and each chapter is best slowly digested and pondered independent of the whole. In fact, this book would make an excellent devotional by focusing on one chapter each week. I recommend not reading it all at once, because the spiritual insights introduced require contemplation, prayer and action.
‘Born After Midnight’ is an excellent resource for rediscovering traditional church thought and doctrine to help counteract heretical humanistic philosophies such as self-awareness and self-fulfillment that have crept into the church. There were a few areas of Tozer’s thoughts I found to be bordering on legalism: but overall, he provides an excellent framework for reigniting a personal passion for Christ. I especially appreciated these words:
“It is time that we Christians wake up to the fact that the world cannot help us in anything that matters. Not the educators nor the legislators nor the scientists can bring us tranquility of heart, and without tranquility, whatever else they give us is useless at last. For more than half a lifetime I have listened to their promises, and they have failed to make good on one of them. To turn to God is now the reasonable thing to do; we have no second choice. “Lord, to whom shall we go: Thou alone has words of eternal life.” (John 6:68).