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Publication Date: 2016
"We live between two mighty events…"
Advent is as much about looking back as it is looking aheadback to Christs incarnation, ahead to His return. From Heaven combines A. W. Tozers best reflections on these two themes to help us better appreciate the season of Advent. Each daily reading is paired with Scripture for meditation, drawing our attention to the rising light of Christ.
"I am struck with the wonder and the significance of the limitless meaning of these two words, He came. Within them the whole scope of divine mercy and redeeming love is outlined." A. W. Tozer
Chapter titles include:
- Christmas Reformation Long Overdue
- The Meaning of Christmas
- The Logic of the Incarnation
- Divine Love Incarnate
- God Manifest in the Flesh
- What the Advent Established
Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Very Tozer ChristmasDecember 1, 2016Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My growing-up Christmases were heavy on Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman. Linuss hushed tones filled me in on the true meaning of Christmas via our first colored t.v., but I wanted that story to take center stage for my own children. The celebration of Advent has been key for our family in spreading out the teaching, the excitement, the special family activities, and the wonder of the incarnation over the entire month of December.
This year, for our daily Advent devotional, we are gathering around From Heaven, a 28-Day Advent collection compiled from the sermons, books, and editorials of beloved 20th century pastor and writer, A.W. Tozer. As we light the candles and sing the carols, we will be savoring the familiar story against the backdrop of Tozers unique insights:
On the Incarnation
Nobody has ever seen God, but when Jesus Christ came He showed us what God is like.
The Word became flesh . . .What we have here is one of the darkest mysteries of human thought: How the Deity could cross the wide yawning gulf that separates what is God from what is not God.
On the Meaning of Christmas
It does seem strange that so many persons become excited about Christmas and so few stop to inquire into its meaning, but I suppose this odd phenomenon is quite in harmony with our unfortunate human habit of magnifying trivialities and ignoring matters of greatest import.
On the Gospel
If the tender yearning is gone from the advent hope today there must be a reason for it: [we] emphasize the utility of the cross rather than the beauty of the One who died on it. . . What He did for me seems to be more important than what He is to me.
On Jesus Mission
It could have been very easy for God to have loved us and never told us. God could have been merciful toward us and never revealed it. . . . The eternal Son came to tell us what the silence never told us. He came t tell us that God cares and God loves and God has a plan and Gods carrying out that plan.
On Christs Second Advent
We live between two mighty events that of His incarnation, death, and resurrection, and that of His ultimate appearing and the glorification of those He died to save. This is the interim time for the saints but it is not a vacuum. He has given us much to do, and He asks for our faithfulness.
Blessings to you at the beginning of this season of advent as we celebrate Jesus coming to Earth From Heaven and as we anticipate the appearing of Jesus Christ: whom having not seen, we love; in whom, though now we see Him not, yet believing, we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, (I Peter 1:7,8).
This book was provided by Moody Publishers in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
SnickerdoodleSarahGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This Devotional will get you into the true Christmas spiritNovember 18, 2016SnickerdoodleSarahGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5From Heaven: A 28-day Advent Devotional with excerpts from the works of A.W. Tozer, is one of the strangest devotionals I have ever encountered (though I haven't looked at or read many). Strange in a good way though. When I think of devotionals, I think of generally light portions of readings per day, with a verse of Scripture that is contemplated at a high level and that is then meant to be applied to oneself in an extremely personal way. Tozer's devotional, like any devotional, has a small reading for any given day, but the content of the reading is anything but small and goes much further than provoking one to mere introspection, it provokes one to contemplate the true awesomeness of our God and His love and grace.
There are things in this devotional that I was delightfully surprised to see in a Christmas devotional (or any devotional for that matter), like, "Put the emphasis where the Bible puts it, on the Christ at the right hand of God, not on the babe in the manger." And, "Among the harmful abuses of the Christmas season in America is the substitution of Santa Clause for Christ as the chief object of popular interest, especially among the children. The morality of Mother Goose stories and fairy tales has been questioned by serious -minded Christian parents, but my opinion is that these are relatively harmless because they are told as fiction and the child is fully aware that they are imaginary. With Santa Claus it is not so. The child is taught falsehood as sober truth and is thus grossly deceived during the most sensitive and formative period of his life."
This devotional will get you into the true Christmas spirit (and I'm not saying this sarcastically). You will contemplate with awe the fact that God sent Christ to come at all, "What would be the logical mission upon which God would send His Son to the world? We know what our nature is and we know that God knows all about us and He is sending His Son to face us..Our own hearts-sin and darkness and deception and moral disease- tell us what His mission should be. The sin we cannot deny tells us that He might have come to judge the world!" You will dwell upon the wonder of the work of God in salvation in sending His own Son to save us, and that this Son is God Himself in the flesh, come to bring us His righteousness and come not just to dwell among His people for a short time, but Who dwells IN His people. You will also contemplate Christ's second coming and be shocked that you do not long for it as you ought, "Another reason for the absence of real yearning for Christ's return is that Christians are so comfortable in this world that they have little desire to leave it.We want to reserve the hope of heaven as a kind of insurance against the day of death, but as long as, we are healthy and comfortable, why change a familiar good for something about which we actually know very little?... Again, in these times religion has become jolly good fun right here in this present world, and what's the hurry about heaven anyway? Christianity, contrary to what some had thought is another and higher form of entertainment. Christ has done all the suffering. He has shed all the tears and carried all the crosses; we have but to enjoy the benefits of His heartbreak in the form of religious pleasures modeled after the world but carried on in the name of Jesus. So say the same people who claim to believe in Christ's second coming."
All in all, though there were a few statements I did not agree with (like the parts where Tozer describes God's love for us as COMPELLING Him to do certain things rather than God being in complete control of His own love), but for the most part I really liked this devotional, and highly recommend it. As I mentioned earlier, it will get you into the true Christmas spirit!
Many thanks toMoodyPublishersfor sending me a free review copy of this book (My review did not have to be favorable)
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Preparing our Hearts for Christmas and the Return of ChristOctober 22, 2016Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As Christmas approaches, each year I look for an Advent book that will keep the "reason for the season" in perspective. One that will focus my mind on Christ, who He is and why He came. I feel like in the midst of all the chaos and materialism, that is important for me.
I enjoy reading Tozer because I feel like He had a close relationship with God - one that spilled over into his life and words. This advent book is hardback small and pocket size. It would easily fit in your purse or glove box to read on the go as you sit in car pool lines or wait at a doctors office. I also love the beautiful cover. The verses inside are offset in purple -a royal color.
It begins with "The lost Presence" in the garden because of their sin and follows with "The Fullness of Time" , when He comes again as the Word in flesh and dwells among us. Tozer goes on to share man's relationship with God and vise-versa. He shares the message of Christmas and the impact this event had on the lives of men. He encourages us to prepare our hearts not just for Christmas but ultimately for Christ's return. I guess in a sense you could say this advent book is not simply written with Christmas in mind, but also with the perspective that as we celebrate prepare to Celebrate His birthday, we also prepare our hearts for His second coming. I believe this is a collection of thoughts and sermons from his ministry.
I am excited to have this little book to read through this year for Advent. It is divided into four weeks with 28 days, depending on how Christmas falls, it may be necessary to adjust the readings accordingly.
I highly recommend this book provided to me free from the publisher. I was not required to review this book in a positive manner and all opinions are my own.
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