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The Early Tozer: A Word in Season is a compilation by James L. Snyder containing selected articles by A. W. Tozer from his earliest years. In the1940s and 50s, A. W. Tozer wrote a regular column for the Alliance Weekly, and this book is a selection of many of those editorials (all published before Pursuit of God). In fact, these editorials were instrumental in getting Tozer elected to the office of editor of Alliance Weekly from 19501963.
Tozer opens with a reminder that we are all in debt to God for His grace. The rest of the chapters fall into place from this cornerstone of the belief. Tozer covers such issues as repentance, public readings of Scripture, and the notion that a church's ministry is a gauge of its spiritual well-being. He urges sincerity among believers, for them to be in fellowship with one another and with God.
Tozer stands firm in his theology and his unapologetic criticisms of the modern church. He declares that the most important thing is a right relationship with God, while reminding his readers that as believers, they are saved by the grace of God on His terms, as well as revealing anew the importance of surrendering to His will.
JAMES L. SNYDER is the pastor of the Family of God Fellowship in Ocala, FL, a Christian and Missionary Alliance church. He is recognized as an authority on the life and ministry of A. W. Tozer, and has written a number of books as well as numerous essays in Christian periodicals about Tozer. Snyder has a weekly radio ministry and writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column: "Out to Pastor." In Pursuit of God: The Life of A. W. Tozer, Snyder's first book, won the Reader's Choice Award in 1992 by Christianity Today. He has authored and edited 27 books. Through more than 40 years of ministry, he and his wife, Martha, have been involved in three church-planting projects prior to their current ministry. They have three children and nine grandchildren.