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Review: The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W.Tozer

Title: The Knowledge of the Holy
Author: A.W.Tozer (1897-1963)
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers 1978
Genre: Non-fiction
Labels: God, Knowing God, God's Attributes
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 128
Rating: 5 Stars
The Knowledge of the Holy   -     
        By: A.W. Tozer
"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us."  page 1
Jesus asked a similar question in Mathew 16:13 and Luke 9:18, "Who do the crowds say that I am?"
In The Knowledge of the Holy, Tozer attempts in human words to explain the attributes of God. To capture in words the majesty of God, or His sovereignty, or His infinitude----is impossible. Because, human words with human explanations fall short. Tozer has been interpreted and described as an evangelical mystic, because of his ethereal writing, and his use of quotes from Catholic mystics.
The word mystic means, "a person who seeks to by contemplation and self-surrender to obtain unity with or absorption into the deity or the ultimate reality, or who believes in the spiritual apprehension of truths that are beyond understanding." From Oxford Pocket Dictionary.
Tozer's "unity" and "absorption" is in God's Spirit, not in an empty god. And his "spiritual apprehension of truths are beyond human understanding."

This is the second book I've read of Tozer's, I've loved both books.
I wanted to mention in the above summary about Tozer's mystic reputation because there are readers who do not read his works because of this. Possibly they are frightened of him, or think his writings are heresy. They fail to understand he's human, and we will never 100% agree on what another human may think or speak or write, this includes Christian's. We can though read with a discerning and Spirit-filled mind of Christ.
Often while reading I had to back up and re-read a sentence or paragraph, his expressions are deep.
They also pierce the heart and are convicting. For example:
"Left to ourselves we tend immediately to reduce God to manageable terms. We want to get Him where we can use Him, or at least know where He is when we need Him. We want a God we can in some measure control. We need the feeling of security that comes from knowing what God is like, and what He is like is of course a composite of all the religious pictures we have seen, all the best people we have known or heard about, and all the sublime ideas we have entertained." page 8
My favorite two chapters were chapter 8---God's Infinitude, and Chapter 11---The Omnipotence of God.
These were also the chapters I read twice.
In chapter 22 Tozer addresses free-will. 

Favorite Quotes:
  • From chapter 1: "The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him. It begins in the mind and may be present where no overt act of worship has taken place." page 3
  • From chapter 7: "We who live in this nervous age would be wise to meditate on our lives and our days long and often before the face of God and on the edge of eternity. For we are made for eternity as certainly as we are made for time, as as we are made for time, and as responsible moral beings we must deal with both." page 41---I felt this quote was very applicable for us during this time of grieving after the shooting/murders in Connecticut.
  • From chapter 11: "We rest in what God is." page 62
  • From chapter 21:"Until we have seen ourselves as God sees us, we are not likely to be much disturbed over conditions around us as long as they do not get so far out of hand as to threaten our comfortable way of life." page 103
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