Book: The Pursuit of God
Author: A. W. Tozer
Year Published: 1945ish
Genre: Christian non-fiction
Overall Rating: 5 stars
Target Audience: People who really want to know the person of God.
Romance: Only that of the relationship between God and humans.
Plot: In this book, Tozer sets out to discuss the difference between the old, passionate Christians who wrote love songs and poetry to God and the modern Christians who look on God as more of an intellectual figure. Tozer argues that it is impossible to know God only thinking of him as an abstract figure, and to enjoy his presence we must think of God as a person. Tozer argues that the only way to do this is to abandon fleshly instincts as much as possible so that there is as few barriers as possible between our spirit and God’s. Only then can we experience God as he truly is.
Thoughts: This book is pretty amazing. Tozer addresses the modern church (now the generation of our grandparents or parents in the 1940s) and states everything that is wrong with the church. Apathy and complacency ruled the church then, and now we see the results of that apathy in the real world. Many people are unable to see God even though they live in constant reminder of his presence. I liked how intelligent this man sounded. You could really tell he was educated and informed about religious topics, which is a complaint that some non-Christians have about how Christian leaders are not intelligent and blindly lead people into faith. I think anyone that is not happy with their current religious state can benefit from reading this book. In addition, Margaret gave this book to me, so it will always have a special place in my heart.