The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine

The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine

“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” This thirst for an intimate relationship with God, claims A.W. Tozer, is not for a select few, but should be the experience of every follower of Christ. Here is a masterly study of the inner life by a heart thirsting after God. Here is a book for every child of God, pastor, missionary, and...

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Title:The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine
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The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine Reviews

  • Angela Wallace

    I read this book over and over. It's the one I'd pick to have on a desert island. The way Tozer talks about faith and living the Christian life--he takes what religion has turned into complicated and noncommittal routines and returns to the blessed simplicity of what it means to pursue God, to fully engage your heart with His. I can't write a review that will do the book justice. It's a short one and can be read in one day, so see for yourself.

  • Cynthia Vogel

    Feeling humbled to write a review on a book written by such a man of deep faith as AW Tozer. Nonetheless, I will do so in hopes of convincing some of you to take the plunge. It's a short book 122 pages....the language is a tad archaic but by no means insurmountable.

    The thing that most struck me was the importance of keeping our gaze on the Lord no matter what we are doing at the time. No act can be unholy if attempted while keeping our eyes on the FAther. No place is more holy than another. No

    Feeling humbled to write a review on a book written by such a man of deep faith as AW Tozer. Nonetheless, I will do so in hopes of convincing some of you to take the plunge. It's a short book 122 pages....the language is a tad archaic but by no means insurmountable.

    The thing that most struck me was the importance of keeping our gaze on the Lord no matter what we are doing at the time. No act can be unholy if attempted while keeping our eyes on the FAther. No place is more holy than another. No conversation or task mundane if undertaken with our eyes on the face of God. While it sounds a bit intimidating to train ourselves to focus on two things at once, certainly we do so all the time. Just as our stomachs growl and we are reminded constantly that we are hungry...yet we do not often have the leisure to go and eat immediately ...so we feel both our hunger and the importance of the task at hand. This is indeed a holy habit worthy of developing.

    Thus the "Gaze of the Soul" chapter impressed me maybe more powerfully than did some of the others And the chapter entitled "Apprehending God" speaks of how we can experience God with every one of our faculties. And it is the person who is deficient in faith who fails to intimately know the God whom they claim to worship. Just as we know that the world in which we live is real: and we experience it with our senses...so too the maker of the world can be experienced through the experience of the world God created. WE know him too by the words written in the Scriptures....we know him as an act of our faith.

    I could write more...but Tozer says it so much better than I...pick up a copy --better yet download it...I think it is free at Amazon.

  • Clark Goble

    My review of this book can be summed up in four words – it blew me away! Tozer identifies one of the major problems in our Church today. As a Church, we are creating a new breed of Christian who understands doctrine better than at any point in history yet fails to understand what it truly means to be a follower of Christ.

    Having identified the problem, Tozer offers a beautiful solution that is more practical and mystical than theological. His book is an invitation for the the reader to seek God a

    My review of this book can be summed up in four words – it blew me away! Tozer identifies one of the major problems in our Church today. As a Church, we are creating a new breed of Christian who understands doctrine better than at any point in history yet fails to understand what it truly means to be a follower of Christ.

    Having identified the problem, Tozer offers a beautiful solution that is more practical and mystical than theological. His book is an invitation for the the reader to seek God above all else. While many Christian writers invite the reader to seek God to the point of making a decision for Christ, Tozers encourages the Christian to make the seeking of God the continual foundation upon which their life is built on.

    Tozer’s book served to draw me closer to God and instilled in me the desire to come even closer. It is a book I am sure to read often in the future and gladly add to my list of essential reads.

    You will also be glad to know the book is free on the Kindle!

    Happy reading, Clark.

  • Kristian Kilgore

    My fourth reading of this classic proves once again that it never fails to challenge, to encourage, and to satisfy. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. AW Tozer's genuine passion for God and to see others encounter and draw near to God is unmistakable. He is relentless with his courageous call for a life lived in opposition to nominal Christianity.

    Casual, or common, Christianity is not a legitimate option in Tozer's view of things. The book is basically the author's attempt to walk throu

    My fourth reading of this classic proves once again that it never fails to challenge, to encourage, and to satisfy. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. AW Tozer's genuine passion for God and to see others encounter and draw near to God is unmistakable. He is relentless with his courageous call for a life lived in opposition to nominal Christianity.

    Casual, or common, Christianity is not a legitimate option in Tozer's view of things. The book is basically the author's attempt to walk through the disciplines, or methods of pursuit. He makes a case for each aspect of intentionally growing in knowledge and love for God through exploring the essence of each practice, not so much in mechanics but in spirit. He leaves room for the reader to "fit" each method to his/her own unique personality, but he is intractable with regard to the importance and meaning of each of them.

    I will continue to re-visit this every couple of years. This work, along with few other selections, becomes a diagnostic tool for my heart. It is a barometer of my dedication to being a disciple and pursuer of Christ.

  • Kurt Nelson

    Broke down in tears reading one of Tozer's prayers. Praise God for the hour I spent reading part of it today, it was as if God was hear with me sharing the wisdom from the book! Incredible book that taught me to slow down and listen to God.

  • Ij

    An interesting and inspirational guide for Christians seeking to get closer to God.

    The book is public domain and is available free from many sources. I downloaded free, from Amazon, to my Kindle. I listened to it on LibriVox, also free, as I read on Kindle.

    It is about a two (2) hour read.

  • Mike

    I hesitate to call Tozer a theologian because his approach to Christianity and the practice of faith is very practical. He is very well read and often deals with theological topics but he typically scoffs any intellectual dealings with faith and puts forth his down to earth alternative.

    The description of "down to earth" only goes so far, because Tozer is also very clearly a mystic. He focuses on experience, feeling and hearing God's voice as important to faith. He also emphasizes th

    I hesitate to call Tozer a theologian because his approach to Christianity and the practice of faith is very practical. He is very well read and often deals with theological topics but he typically scoffs any intellectual dealings with faith and puts forth his down to earth alternative.

    The description of "down to earth" only goes so far, because Tozer is also very clearly a mystic. He focuses on experience, feeling and hearing God's voice as important to faith. He also emphasizes those to the point of relegating scripture to a close second in matters of faith.

    I liked the book (this is my second time through it). Tozer has many good observation about a life of faith and good insight can be gained from reading this book. I am just not sure it strong enough to stand by itself as a guiding text for the Christian life.

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    I revisited Tozer recently and concluded that I was a bit too rough on him in the first time around. It was obvious from my third reading that Tozer is a thinker. The reason from his initial distancing of his argument from scripture is because God needs to be viewed as a person to be interacted with and not a distant deity to give lip service.

    I still agree with most of what I said I just think that Tozer has better

    theological backing than I had once thought. His theology is intact and his view of scripture is sound.

    Personally I was struck by what he had to say this time. Tozer has some good insights that struck me at the core of my being. I will be chewing on this book for a while.

  • Mike (the Paladin)

    This book would/will/does require thought and a solid grounding in the Bible. I find the central theme to be of immense and transcendent value.

    The theme dealt with has to do with the basic idea of "finding God" vs. "knowing God" vs. "growing in God"...

    I could say a lot but as those reading this will be not only atheist vs. theist but also Christians of various denominations. There are places I must disagree with some of whats taught here, but that does not mean that I disagree with the basic po

    This book would/will/does require thought and a solid grounding in the Bible. I find the central theme to be of immense and transcendent value.

    The theme dealt with has to do with the basic idea of "finding God" vs. "knowing God" vs. "growing in God"...

    I could say a lot but as those reading this will be not only atheist vs. theist but also Christians of various denominations. There are places I must disagree with some of whats taught here, but that does not mean that I disagree with the basic point of view.

    I can and do highly recommend this for Christians seeking a closer relationship with God.

    I won't go into basic disagreements as the bottom line is that I don't think "where we disagree" is on a point of doctrine that would "force" two Christians to have a major disagreement (though some of course would/will. We do always manage that don't we?)

    As I said excellent book. Recommended especially for Christian readers.

  • Douglas Wilson

    I read this many moons ago, and just now listened to it again. Very edifying book, with some brilliant sections.

  • Sarah

    Tozer writes, "The modern scientist has lost God amid the wonders of His world; we Christians are in real danger of losing God amid the wonders of His Word." Discuss what you feel Tozer means by the second half of his statement.

    I’m not sure, but I think he fears we are in danger of living too much by our head knowledge, which is indeed a real danger for christians. We accept with our mind the theological truths of the Bible, but do not show by our actions that we have truly taken them to heart.

    G

    Tozer writes, "The modern scientist has lost God amid the wonders of His world; we Christians are in real danger of losing God amid the wonders of His Word." Discuss what you feel Tozer means by the second half of his statement.

    I’m not sure, but I think he fears we are in danger of living too much by our head knowledge, which is indeed a real danger for christians. We accept with our mind the theological truths of the Bible, but do not show by our actions that we have truly taken them to heart.

    Give a favorite quotation from the book and discuss why and how it impacted you.

    “Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshippers men together, each one looking away to christ are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become “unity” conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.”

    This stood out because it is so easy to get caught up with reacting to the people around you instead of looking to God to give you the ability to love them.

    How will what you read in this book affect your relationship with Jesus?

    It definitely makes me think about really pursuing God, rather than just being happy with whatever level of spiritual growth I’ve already attained.

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