The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
Initially written in 1982, this book is just as applicable for today. It actually serves as the anthesis for many of the current Christian books that gather a following. It seems that most of us stand in line to buy books focused on us. The self-help mentality drives us to improve prayer, Bible reading, communication, witnessing, leadership, and anything else would make us better. Tozer challenged me to pursue God rather than self-improvement, then let God improve me as I surrender to him.
Tozer doesn’t propose that we roll over, go to sleep, and wait for God to “fix” us. In fact, he believes that we must pursue God even after finding him. He says that the roots of our hearts have wrapped around things other than God – many of them good things, but things nonetheless. “The world is perishing from a lack of knowledge about God, and the church is famishing from a lack of his presence.”
Most personal for me was his discussion of “self” sins. These sins are so much a part of my character that only the light of the Holy Spirit can make it visible to me. Self-pity, self-confidence, self-sufficiency, and self-admiration are a few examples. Tozer feels that the sin of self-promotion is so common among Christian leaders that it has become acceptable, maybe expected, rather than challenged.
This book is brief enough that it remains engaging throughout. It will challenge you.
My notes on this book can be downloaded in MS Word format from the blue “FILES box” in the left side-bar of this blog.