Mornings with Tozer Review

Book Review: 

Summer is always a busy time of year. Nice weather leads to more outside time, opportunities to get together with others, and a desire to explore new places.

Due to where we live Spring often mimics Summer, leading to an early start of a busier schedule. With cooler days and longer nights gone it is harder for me to want to work my way through a book requiring a lot of brain power from me. I would rather read things which leave me nuggets of thoughts to chew on as I go through my day…so I began a new daily devotional – Mornings with Tozer: daily devotional readings compiled by Gerald B. Smith.

While A. W. Tozer died about 55 years ago, his words are as relevant today as they were at the first half of the 20th Century. Compiling readings from various sermons and writings of Tozer, Gerald B. Smith has put together a year long devotional which readers can start from an y point during the year.

The beginning of the book includes a single-paged Preface, followed by the very first devotional. Each page long devotional corresponds to a date on the calendar, starting with January 1st. The beginning of each month has a special page, making it easier to know where you are at in the devotionals.

While there is a devotion for each day of the year, one need not be confined by that outline. You can take them in any order you like or start from the beginning in the middle of June and still be okay doing a devotional a day.
At the top of each devotional is a date, a title or theme for the day, and a Bible reference passage. Following these are the devotional reading and a prayer.

There are no illustrations, closing remarks, or bibliography, as the Bible is the only book referenced. The end of the book has several blank pages which would be helpful for keeping notes or writing thoughts.

I appreciated the devotionals referring only back to the Bible instead of other sermons or books written. The devotions were easy to follow, referenced what the passage was talking about, and not written in a feel-good, “you can improve yourself” way. It was also easy to read through them in a short time if that is all I had, as the devotions themselves were not inherently in-depth, or to take longer and look at the passage for further readings.

One small detail which annoyed me, and I skipped over, were the prewritten prayers. I think of prayer as a personal conversation between God and the person praying. In that understanding, reading through or reciting a prewritten prayer prepared by someone else is about as personal as my husband only telling me he loves me by reading off greeting cards. Not too bad once in a while, but it would get old quickly if he did it every day.