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Book Review: From The Library of A.W. Tozer, Selections From Writers Who Influenced His Spiritual Journey compiled by James Stuart Bell

Published by Bethany House February 2011/ 411 pages
Non-Fiction/A.W.Tozer Classic Writer
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A. W. Tozer, or Aiden Wilson Tozer was a pastor, evangelist and writer that has greatly influenced our modern day evangelists, and influenced those of us who have read his books. He was born in 1897 and began serving as pastor at an Alliance Church in Chicago in 1928. While at this church he wrote 2 books that are considered classics, The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy. Many considered him to have been a prophet that was needed during a time in the church when it desperately needed shepherding. There is a short biography of this great man provided in the front of the book.

The book is organized in such a way that it would be easier to read as a daily devotional.
There are 8 chapters and in each of these chapters are given various writers through the ages that have contributed to Tozer's thinking and growth. Each of these writers have 1 to 3 pages in length of a short synopsis from one of their books. Some examples of writers are John Calvin, D. L. Moody, Thomas A Kempis, John Bunyan, G. Campbell Morgan, Samuel Rutherford, Martin Luther, and William Law.
My favorite quote is from Martin Luther (chapter 7, An Introduction to Saint Paul's Letter to the Romans).

"Faith is a living, bold trust in God's grace, so certain of God's favor that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it. Such confidence and knowledge of God's grace makes you happy, joyful and bold in your relationship to God and all creatures. The Holy Spirit makes this happen through faith. Because of it, you freely, willingly and joyfully do good to everyone, serve everyone, suffer all kinds of things, love and praise the God who has shown you such grace. Thus, it is just as impossible to separate faith and works as it is to separate heat and light from fire!"

In the foreword James Stuart Bell writes of "the Society of the Burning Heart"--Christians who "long to know God with all their heart and soul".
Is your heart burning with the desire to know God with all your heart and soul?

"I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead." Philippians 3:10-11 NIV

Thank you to Bethany House for my free review copy. 

Blissful Reading!


I almost requested this book from Bethany House... but ultimately turned it down because it's so long. But I think this would make a wonderful daily devotional. Thanks for the great review!