The Counselor: Straight Talk About the Holy Spirit
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The Counselor will leave you with a deep longing to be filled with the blessed Spirit. Gifted at bringing lofty thoughts down low, Tozer explains clearly who the Spirit is and what it means to know Him. May The Counselor help you to cultivate sweet communion with God, that you may have joy, peace, life, and power in Him.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8 X 5.2 X 0.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1600667961
ISBN-13: 9781600667961

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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 Spirit—that 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."

Author Bio

A.W. TOZER began his lifelong pursuit of God at the age of seventeen after hearing a street preacher in Akron, Ohio. A self-taught theologian, Tozer was a pastor, writer and editor whose powerful use of words continues to grip the intellect and stir the soul of today's reader. Among his best-loved books are the classics The Pursuit of God and The Attributes of God.ANITA M. BAILEY was a close associate of A. W. Tozer and the managing editor of The Alliance Witness, a publication of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

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  1. Jimmy Reagan
    West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Convicting!
    May 19, 2017
    Jimmy Reagan
    West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Heres another Tozer title that elicits soul searching. Moody Publishers now prints several of his titles and this one is slightly longer than some of the others I have seen. As you can imagine, this is another volume on the Holy Spirit. That was always a favorite subject for Tozer and he doesnt disappoint here. He reminds us of the Person of the Holy Spirit and entices us to be filled with the Spirit. If you are a Tozer reader, that will come as no surprise. Though he returned to this theme again and again in his writings, this one is the best Ive seen from him on the subject so far.

    He begins by explaining the Holy Spirit comes only when Jesus Christ is glorified. That entire chapter was outstanding and a great springboard for the book. He is in no way trite when he argues that the Holy Spirit doesnt come through the intellect. In chapter 3 he comes at our churches. He says, The Holy Spirit can be absent and the pastor goes on turning the crank, and nobody finds it out for years and years. Ouch!

    He is very sensible in what can be replicated from Pentecost and what cannot. He believes that the filling of the Spirit always arrives in an instant. In chapter 6 he turns the spotlight on we readers and how to evaluate. In the next chapter he explains spiritual gifts followed by the probing chapter on what we really need. The last chapter is a plea to be holy and not block the fullness of the Spirit.

    Add this title to the string of pearls known as Tozers writings. Its another winner.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  2. Brianna
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Counselor
    January 16, 2017
    Brianna
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    In The Counselor, Tozer presents some excellent questions, provoking the reader to consider the absence of thorough, accurate teaching about the Holy Spirit in many churches. Throughout The Counselor, Tozer uses various analogies and stories to further explain his points. This is particularly helpful for readers who might struggle to get past his astute writing style. He also emphasizes the importance of founding beliefs upon Scripture and not basing beliefs off of hearsay or tradition.

    Readers looking for a light, effortless read should think twice before picking up The Counselor by A.W. Tozer. Personally, I found it difficult to become absorbed in The Counselor. Though the content is challenging and thought-provoking, the astute language and writing style required a lot of focus. I certainly expanded my vocabulary while reading The Counselor! Some sentences are repetitive; however, it seems Tozer utilizes the repetition for emphasis.

    Finally, I found chapter 8, Cultivating the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit, particularly challenging. Im sure whether this Tozer used simpler writing in chapter 8, or if the content was of a familiar nature to me. Consequently, I intend to read The Counselor again and trust it will be easier to absorb the content without focusing on the writing style.

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in order to write an honest, unbiased review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  3. HeidiMarie
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    The Counselor
    June 16, 2016
    HeidiMarie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    The 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.
  4. Seito
    Brooklyn
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Insight
    September 14, 2015
    Seito
    Brooklyn
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I 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!
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