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A never-before-published follow-up to The Knowledge of the Holy. Drawn from Tozer's sermons, this book demonstrates that by understanding the attributes of God---what he has revealed about himself---we can better grasp the Christian life of worship and service. Learn how to serve and adore your Creator, and as a result, experience fulfillment, joy, and comfort!

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764217011
ISBN-13: 9780764217012

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A.W. Tozer's Follow-up to The Knowledge of the Holy

We were created in the image of God, and to understand who we are, we need to understand who God is. His very character and nature are reflected through us. Unless we fully grasp who we are, we'll never become all God wants us to be.

Delighting in God is the message Tozer intended to be the follow-up to The Knowledge of the Holy. He demonstrates how the attributes of God--those things God has revealed about himself--are a way to understand the Christian life of worship and service. We are here to serve and adore him, but we can only fulfill that role by acknowledging who he is, which is the essence of the Christian life and the source of all our fulfillment, joy, and comfort.

Author Bio

A.W. Tozer (1897-1963) was a self-taught theologian, pastor, and writer whose powerful words continue to grip the intellect and stir the soul of today's believer. He authored more than 40 books. The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy are considered modern devotional classics. Find Tozer information and quotes at tozeraw@twitter.com.

Reverend James L. Snyder is an award-winning author recognized as an authority on the life and ministry of A.W. Tozer. His first book, In Pursuit of God: The Life of A.W. Tozer, won the Christianity Today Reader's Choice Award. Because of his thorough knowledge of Tozer, he was given the rights from the A.W. Tozer estate to produce new books derived from over 400 never-before-published audio tapes. James and his wife live in Ocala, Florida.

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  1. USA
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Your perception of God
    February 18, 2016
    SoaringEagle
    USA
    Gender: female
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    Delighting in God by A.W. Tozer, compiled and edited by James L. Snyder is a must read for all Christians. Also those seeking God would be encouraged to read this book as well as other books by Tozer. Tozer desired that people would be on fire for God, to be passionate about the things of God. To desire Him above all else.

    I found this book to be a slow read. Not because it is boring. Not at all. It is a book that makes you think (made me think), maybe even convicts. Many of the 18 chapters talk about the perception of God and how it might affect the way we see Him. This book helps us understand God better, to know the Truth. "To know God is the one passion that drives a man into the very heart of God.(pg.13)" Each chapter ends with a hymn. I enjoy reading these old hymns.

    A quote from page 21: The human heart has a thirst for God. God created us, and something in us relates to something in God. Until these two are brought together, which happens at salvation, there is restlessness within the human heart that can never be stilled."

    Tozer ends chapter 2 with his heart's desire for people who read his book: "My prayer for you is that this book will stir up in you a holy passion to know God. The sooner this book is unnecessary, the sooner you will begin to discover your relationship with God, and when that takes place, your soul will begin to sing the song of worship and praise and adoration."

    I received this complementary book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
  2. California
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    How's your soul today?
    January 6, 2016
    PossessHisPromises
    California
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
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    In a sermon in Chicago, A. W. Tozer asked the congregation to pray for him. He asked that they would pray that God would help him live long enough to write a book on the attributes of God devotionally. The Knowledge of the Holy was the answer to that prayer. The Knowledge of the Holy was the last book that Tozer wrote, but he intended to follow the book with Delighting in God. James Snyder, a recognized authority on the life and ministry of Tozer, compiled and edited Delighting in God from Tozers sermons, most preached after the publication of The Knowledge of the Holy.

    "The purpose of this book: to be faithful to point out that the evangelical church today has some serious spiritual problems, the primary one being a loss of the perception of God that has been its hallmark since its inception." (p. 58)

    This book is a call to the church, especially to the American church, to return to its first love. Tozer asserts that todays church has slipped into a Christianity that is mediocre and lacks the passion of the saints of old.

    "In the evangelical church, we seem to have a great deal of passion for everything but God. We look around for activities that consume the resources of our lives. Instead of looking around at the world, we need to look up to the source of our redemption. We are so caught up with all the modern gadgets and methods that we have lost our passion for God." (p. 20)

    Tozer is concerned with the churchs worship. Todays worship, implied by Tozer, is similar to entertainment and a means to whip up an emotional experience. He loves the old hymns that celebrate the deep truths of the Christian walk. Each chapter ends with a hymn that depicts the subject.

    This book is a call to action to Christians to examine their walk with God based upon their perception of God, asking if their God is too small.

    Delighting in God is another plea from Tozer to understand that God is bigger than we perceive. Like the saints of old delighted in God, we can delight in God who is bigger than we can imagine or understand. The Holy Spirit can kindle our desire for God to cause us to want Him more than anything else in life.

    What if we focused upon the spiritual rather than our worldly activities?

    What if we asked our Christian brothers and sisters Hows your soul this Sunday morning? rather than Who won the game last night?

    Might our hearts pant after God as the deer pants after the water brooks? (p. 198)

    I received Delighting in God from Baker Publishing Group for my honest review.
  3. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Comforting and Convicting
    December 30, 2015
    Diana Harkness
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
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    DELIGHTING IN GOD

    By A. W. Tozer

    I first stumbled on A. W. Tozer (1897-1963) a few years ago when I was engulfed in a dark night of the soul, a several-year period when I felt completely disconnected from God and desperately searched for some means to get back to a time of sweet communion and freedom. Something about the title of his book, The Knowledge of the Holy, convinced me to read it and I was hooked. It was exactly what I needed and brought light into that dark place. I read it twice, just to absorb it all. It brought my heart to its figurative knees whether I was reading in a waiting room or on my sofa.

    Now I am in another not-quite-so-dark place and Delighting in God was billed as a follow-up to The Knowledge of the Holy. Delighting in Gods chapters are short enough to be read devotionally and each begins with a prayer of preparation and ends with a hymn, most from the 18th and 19th centuries. The 18 short chapters may be pondered and stretched into a 3-week devotional. But the books own purpose is clearly stated in Chapter 5: to be faithful to point out the problems with the evangelical church. And there went any hope I had for an uplifting sequel to The Knowledge of the Holy. However, as I continued to read I found myself both comforted and convicted.

    The primary theme of the book is passion for God which we regain by contemplating God in all his aspects, beginning with the basics of how we know Him and why we may have an inadequate perception of Him, followed by expositions His attributes. Tozer also explores our limitations and the problems that occur when we hold a wrong or inadequate perception of God. He explains what it means to our lives to have a proper view Gods transcendence, His perfection, grace, mercy, and goodness.

    I have been a Christian for more than 40 years. A new Christian has no problem with passion for God, but as time passes and life becomes difficult we all may come to a place of common humanity where our minds and hearts become skewed, crooked, warped and unable to receive from God. It is at such times that books like The Knowledge of the Holy and Delighting in God come along and untwist our hearts and minds so they are positioned once again to properly appreciate and delight in God.

    This book was compiled and edited by James L. Snyder from audio recordings left by Tozer. It certainly does have the feel of an authentic Tozer for that I commend him. I was furnished a copy of Delighting in God free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Timeless and Convicting
    December 19, 2015
    Bekah
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love a timeless book. It's actually one of my big hang-ups about a lot of non-fiction published right now. There are so many references to current culture that in ten years, anyone sitting down to read will say "Oh this book is so 2015." I love finding a book that has truth embedded in it so deeply that you have no idea if it was written today or 100 years ago.

    And that's why I wanted to read Delighting God by A.W. Tozer. I've read Tozer's work before and his quotes are everywhere, because so much of what he said is concise and quotable - and truth. This book, compiled and edited by James L. Snyder just released, but it's filled with material from sermons Tozer preached throughout his ministry. {He died in 1963, if you're not familiar with him.}

    This book is very different from ones I normally read, and it took me about two weeks to read it. It's not hard to read, because Snyder worked to make the language a bit more modern than perhaps Tozer would have used in his early 1900 writing and speaking, but the content is quite deep and to be fully appreciated, it can't be read quickly. I wanted to take my time, immerse myself in the chapters, underline, mentally chew on the words, and then share my thoughts with you.

    If you're looking for a fluffy, feel-good inspirational read, this is not the book for you. If you're looking for something to challenge and convict your walk with the Lord, read this. Tozer was burdened for the church at large and how he perceived that it was becoming lukewarm. He believed people were trying to bring God down to their level and make Him more manageable in their minds rather than challenging themselves to pursue deeper levels of holiness.

    Here are just a few of the gut-punching {in a good way} quotes I underlined as I read:

    * What the Holy Spirit does not reveal to us is not worth knowing.

    * If we are going to make any kind of progress, we need to understand what we have really lost.

    * It is hard to get people to think, but it is harder still to get them to thirst.

    * When the church of Christ inhales the Holy Spirit, she must exhale everything contrary to Him.

    There were many more lines I underlined, and many I journaled about as well. This book made me squirm, and I think that's one of its best qualities. Tozer is right. While he lived in a world that was laced with a lot more legalism and a lot less grace than the one we live in today, I think his heart was in the right place {meaning he really did ache to pursue holiness over legalism}. I think many of us, even those of us who like to believe we are doing well, are in danger of being lazy and we need to be shaped up.

    That's actually the analogy I thought of when I read it. My husband and I have been working out intensely lately, and while we both would have told you beforehand that we were in decent shape, we're learning we had muscles that had grown quite lazy. Our workouts have been stretching them and hurting us - but in the long run, accomplishing good. This book is your workout to help you see the areas of life where you've been lazy and spiritually out of shape. Reading it will stretch and maybe even hurt, but at the same time, the thoughts and challenges within will push you toward holiness.

    There are some parts of this book that are repetitious {possibly because it was pulled from sermons rather than being crafted by Tozer as a book from start to finish}, and there are parts that feel legalistic when you read them. When I got to those parts, I had to think carefully about Tozer's intent and how he urged people to work out their salvation. If you have a bent toward legalism in your life, you'll want to watch that carefully as you read, because his practices can push you back toward that rather quickly.

    Those things aside, I would highly recommend reading the book, slowly, thoughtfully, prayerfully...and asking the Lord to grow and shape you through the words and convictions of Tozer. Especially if you read this at the start of a new year, I believe you'll find yourself thinking in new ways and convicted to pursue the Lord in pure, passionate ways.

    * Thanks, Bethany House, for sending a copy of this book my way in exchange for an honest review.*
  5. York, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Delighting in God
    December 10, 2015
    gcw1
    York, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    DELIGHTING IN GOD

    Never before published -follow up to The Knowledge of the Holy

    Writing of A. W. Tozer compiled and edited by James L. Snyder

    A great selection of writings and sermon notes by A W Tozer. You will discover more about who God is and why we need to worship Him. This collection compiled and edited by James L. Snyder, a pastor, for our enjoyment. These writings and notes deal with the subject of who God is and who He is not, they are easy to read and understand. If you have read any of Tozer's books you know how he loves God and his opinion about what was happening in the churches of the fifty's and sixty's. If you have not read any of his books this a good one to start with.

    I found his collection very informative and very interesting reading, it was a book that was hard to put down but needed to be so you can think about what Tozer is trying to communicate to us and understand his point of view. Sometimes his opinions may be controversial with today's teaching; they were controversial during his time as well.

    A great collection and worth reading, remember to read with an open mind.

    I received this book free from Bethany House Blogger Review Program. 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
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