Like Eating Unseasoned Chicken; Good for You but Not the Most Enjoyable
May 6, 2016
It is always a challenge to read a book about what God is like, but writing one would be nearly impossible. There is no doubt that God cannot be put in a box, but we can strive to know Him through His attributes. Tozer defines an attribute as "something which God has declared to be true of Himself." (pg. 17) Just as in the first volume of the same title, he sets out to tell us what God is like, specifically His self-existence, transcendence, eternalness, omnipotence, immutability, omniscience, wisdom, sovereignty, faithfulness, and love. The reason for such a book about what God is like comes from the desperate need for Christians to know God deeply. As Tozer writes, "This tragic and frightening decline in the spiritual state of the churches has come about as a result of our forgetting what kind of God God is." (pg. 11) This is the central motive of the book.
Although this book is a monumental addition to studying the character of God, it is like eating dry, unseasoned chicken; it is nutritious and healthy, but it is definitely not the most tasty and enjoyable to digest. It is not like reading a book on Christian living or even a theological treatise. It is in its own category, which is fitting for a finite book trying to describe an infinite being. Many will undoubtedly find this work too dense and others may think it not applicable to daily life. But just as some people enjoy the natural essence of unseasoned meat and others the marinade of every spice under the sun, this book will be edifying no matter who reads it.
I received this book free from the publishers in return for an honest review.
"The Attributes of God, Volume 2" is a sermon series/Bible study on the attributes of God. The writing style was casual and very easy to read and understand. A Bible study was included at the back of the book for those desiring to use this book as a group Bible study. The content is fully relevant to today's world.
Tozer looked to Scripture to answer "What is God like? What does God say about Himself?" He came to balanced, Bible-based conclusions. He didn't let one attribute dominate the others but viewed them as being in perfect harmony with each other. He made some excellent, thought-provoking points. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, and I'd recommend it to others. Perhaps for use as a devotional reading?
The attributes covered in this volume were: God's self-existence, transcendence, eternalness, omnipotence, immutability, omniscience, wisdom, sovereignty, faithfulness, and love.
If your Christian life has become dull and boring, with the same old cycle over and over again then this book is for you. Tozer has a way of elevating the mind and bringing freshness to stale thoughts about God. A high view of God will lead to a radically changed lifestyle because we become like what we worship. Read with caution.