The Pursuit of God is one of A.W. Tozer’s most famed works, and rightfully so. In The Pursuit of God, Tozer urges the reader to replace our often low thoughts of God with a lofty view of Him, and to be still and enjoy His presence more fully.
As I read through The Pursuit of God, I was overwhelmed with the reminder of the kindness of God in pursuing me, so that I could pursue Him. At the very outset of the book, Tozer reminds the reader that “before a man can seek God, God must first have sought the man. Before a sinful man can think a right thought of God, there must have been a work of enlightenment done within him” (17). These lines summarize much of The Pursuit of God. Throughout the pages of this book, Tozer lead me to love God more, to rejoice in His pursuit of me, and to desire to continue joyfully seeking God. Tozer reminds us that “the way to deeper knowledge of God is through the lonely valleys of souls poverty and abnegation of all things” (29). Throughout The Pursuit of God, Tozer focuses on knowing God: not focusing on doctrine or a complex theology, but rather developing a loving relationship with God.
Tozer identifies in this book one of the biggest problems plaguing the church: love of doctrine without loving to follow Christ. This book is an invitation to pursue Christ, and to seek Him above all else. If you are not following after Him, your doctrine really doesn’t matter – it is not going to save you. This is an incredibly important reminder, especially for those of us who spend much time studying doctrine: it is not doctrine that saves you! Love God first, and your love for studying the Word will follow.
At the end of each chapter, Tozer shares a short prayer to re-focus the reader on their joyful pursuit of knowing God more fully. I love the way that he does this, because I feel that it reinforces Tozer’s primary goal with this book: that is, the priority of a relationship with the Lord. More than anything else, this book will guide you to slow down and listen to the Lord.
All in all, I really loved this book, and would recommend it to anyone who wants to know and to love God better. I love to recommend pretty much all of the books that I have reviewed on here, because they have all been carefully selected as books that I think will serve as an encouragement to me and hopefully my readers as well. Throughout The Pursuit of God, I was overwhelmed by the kindness of God, and hope that if you choose to read it your spirits will be renewed and you too will love the Lord more than you did before you read this book.
Tozer, A.W., The Pursuit of God. Chicago: Moody Press, 2015. 144pp. Paperback, $12.99.
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Thanks to Moody Press for the review copy!