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Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
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Tozer for the Christian Leader: A 365-Day DevotionalA.W. TozerMoody Publishers / 2015 / Trade Paperback$12.99 Retail:
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"We have done nothing until we have left the world and set our faces toward the city of God in hard, practical reality." A. W. Tozer
Readers love Tozer the way we love friends who tell the hard truth. The truth is often bitter, but if we are wise we will drink it down, and we'll be thankful we did. In Culture, A. W. Tozer tells it how it is: to follow Christ toward heaven is to invite trouble in this world.
Within these pages are reflections on the true nature of the church, the cost of following Jesus, and the blessed hope of the heaven-bound.
Read Culture to be made sober, determined, and bold in a world that would rather you quietly blend in.
contemplativereflections5 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: CultureNovember 24, 2017contemplativereflectionsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0In "Culture," A.W. Tozer urges Christians to be mindful that all things shall pass but we will stand one day to give account to our Maker. Alike the other Tozer books published by Moody Press, this volume is a collection of writings and sermons through the years that center around the subject of Christianity and culture. The particular challenge I perceive in compiling this book is that Tozer was an exemplary preacher and all his sermons contain valuable applications that relate to how Christians ought to interact with the world. Thus, readers may find that each chapter topic diverges significantly in being somewhat more or less connected to the main theme of culture. For example, Chapter 8 is about paying income tax to the government while Chapter 22 involves how science and philosophy are inferior to Christ. In each chapter, Tozer is unapologetically resolute in his defense of orthodox Christian doctrines and beliefs arguing that the ways of the world are staunchly against what the Bible teaches. One part of the book that caught my attention is Tozer's explanation of how the cross intersects with every part of our lives. Tozer begins by outlining how we often try to segregate our religious life from all other aspects thinking that Christianity is just another component of our routines. However, the preacher argues that genuine faith will not allow us to compartmentalize our lives to mitigate the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Moreover, faith in Jesus compels us to subject every part of our lives to God in ways that are often completely contrary to what the world teaches. Despite being ostracized and ridiculed by the those around us, we will enjoy deeper fellowship with God when every corner of our lives is subjected to Him.
I would recommend this book to all Christian believers who hope to be a powerful witness for Christ to those around them. Tozer would likely be appalled by how many preachers and churches today dilute the gospel in the name of cultural relevance. Christians should neither retreat into enclaves to escape the world's influence nor lower God's standards for the sake of gaining more converts. Rather, we should immerse ourselves in the ebb and flow of life while being salt and light in a generation that is increasingly hostile to God and His people. Our mission is not to create heaven on earth but to prepare our hearts by living upright, holy lives for when our true King returns to make all things new.
In compliance with Federal Trade Commission guidelines, I received a review copy from Moody Press in exchange for a book review.