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Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8 X 5.2 X 0.5 (inches)|
Straight talk about the Holy Spirit.
When the Holy Spirit is confined to creeds, the church becomes like a land with no water or a kite with no wind. In his life and writings, A.W. Tozer was insistent that the church reclaim a practical theology of the Holy Spiritthat it actually know Him.
The Counselor will help you cultivate sweet communion with God. Gifted at bringing lofty thoughts down low, Tozer explains clearly who the Spirit is and what it means to know Him. His words will leave you with a deep longing to be filled with the blessed Spirit, to have joy, peace, life, and power in Him.
"[The Holy Spirit] wants to be Lord of your life, to possess you so that you are no longer in command of the little vessel in which you sail."
HeidiMarie2 Stars Out Of 5The CounselorJune 16, 2016HeidiMarieQuality: 5Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2The Counselor by A.W. Tozer is a book about the Holy Spirit. Tozer talks about the need for the Holy Spirit in our lives, the role in our lives, and how to be filled with the Spirit. He also explains what it really means to know Jesus, not just know about Him, and how so many churches today are lacking the presence of the Holy Spirit. Tozer passed away in 1963, so obviously this was written quite a while ago, though the content remains true.
I didn't really like this book, and I think that had to do mostly with the fact that this is an old book. It was pretty dry, not at all personal, and definitely read like it was old; the style is very outdated. When reading books on Biblical study, I really enjoy when the author is humorous and uses everyday situations to explain what they are saying. This book didn't have that feel at all. Instead of a friendly voice, I felt like someone was lecturing me, which I did not enjoy. Also, all of the Bible verses were in KJV, which is probably the worst person for communicating more difficult concepts to a wide variety of audiences. I thought that this actually came across as rather condescending or pretentious.
I also found that Tozer constantly repeated himself. In a paragraph or section, he would state the same point over and over again with different wording. I actually struggled to write a short summary at the beginning of this review because he pretty much just said the same few things over and over again. Finally, Tozer often discussed concepts, events, or theories without ever explaining them, which made it more difficult to keep up. He did make some really great points here and there, but overall it just didn't hold up.
Overall, I didn't enjoy reading this book. I selected it to review because I wanted to learn more about the Holy Spirit, as I feel that it's the part of the Trinity that can be the most complex to understand and isn't discussed as often, but I didn't get that at all. I had a really hard time paying attention as I read, and I won't be reading it again or lending it out.
I gave the book 2/5 stars, and I would only recommend it to someone who is going to school to study the topic. Otherwise, I would go with a different book on the subject.
*I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
SeitoBrooklynAge: 35-44Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful InsightSeptember 14, 2015SeitoBrooklynAge: 35-44Gender: MaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I found this book to be a very quick read. That is the only negative thing I'd have to say about it. It is a wonderful quick read with a lot of meat in this short book. What a wonderful perspective on the Holy Spirit! Theologically sound, biblical and very insightful. Great read from one of my favorites, A.W. Tozer!