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Pastor A.W. Tozer, author of the Christian classics The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy, was a complex, intensely private, deeply spiritual man, and a gifted preacher whose impact for the kingdom of God is immeasurable. In this thoughtful biography, bestselling author Lyle Dorsett traces Tozer's life from his humble beginnings as a Pennsylvania farm boy to his heyday as a Chicago pastor---when hundreds of college students would travel to his South Side church to hear him preach and thousands more heard his Sunday broadcasts on WMBI---to his final pastorate in Toronto. From his conversion as a teen to his death in 1963, Tozer remained true to one passion: to know the Father and make Him known, no matter what the cost. The price he paid was loneliness, censure from other, more secular-minded ministers of the times, and even a degree of estrangement from his family. Read the life story of a flawed but gifted saint, whose works are still impacting the world today.
Hear two powerful messages from A.W. Tozer for free at www.tozerpulpit.com.
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Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2008
Adam MillerCape Cod, MA5 Stars Out Of 5A Passion For God offers a remarkable glimpseApril 26, 2012Adam MillerCape Cod, MAIn our week-long study of A.W. Tozer's The Pursuit of God I thought it would be fitting to review the most recent biography written on the life of this extraordinary man.
A Passion For God is the title of Lyle Dorsett's latest biography featuring the life of Aiden Wilson Tozer. The title perfectly describes the persistent devotion that Tozer had in pursuing God and describes the intimacy he had with the Almighty. The book offers an amazing insight into Aiden's journey from a small farm in western Pennsylvania and into the hearts of so many devout followers of Christ. While no work could really get into the mysteries of what led and directed Tozer, A Passion For God offers a remarkable glimpse into the circumstances that led to this uneducated preacher's rise to scholarship.
The book begins by showing Aiden's humble beginnings and takes us to his lonely conversion. One thing that is remarkably true about Tozer is, midst a vibrant ministry, he felt incredibly alone. Through all of the hardships and accomplishments of his life, Tozer felt that there were few who understood him and there wasn't much companionship in following after Christ.
While many biographies tend to veil the true nature of their subject, preferring to touch on the highlights instead of the valleys, Dorsett reveals that A.W. Tozer was just as flawed as any other man. It is incredibly important to realize where Tozer came from and to see all of the factors that shaped his worldview and ministry.
It is astounding to see that, while Tozer was leading the pack in pursuing God, he had neglected to pursue his wife Ada and her interests. There seems to be a close connection to being a spokesperson for intimacy with God and struggling in family life. Even John Piper has openly expressed the issues he has faced with his ministry and marriage. Perhaps we can learn to be both passionate in our love for God and attentive to the needs of our loved ones.
After long admiring the man, it was incredibly valuable to read about his life. Too often we can follow the teachings of those we look up to without heading the struggles they had to circumnavigate along the way.
Dorsett does an excellent job at honoring the man and revealing who he really was, to the extent that his family acknowledges this biography as the complete source for knowing and understanding this remarkable man. If you have been impacted by the writings of A.W. Toze, I encourage you to read the story of his life in A Passion For God by Lyle Dorsett.
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Karen McgrawLEEDS, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5HARD TO PUT DOWN BUT HARD TO READ AT TIMESSeptember 17, 2011Karen McgrawLEEDS, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4THIS IS A GOOD BOOK AND I HAVE ENJOYED READING IT. THERE WERE TIMES WHEN IT WAS DIFFICULT TO COMPREHEND HOW A MAN SO CLOSE TO GOD COULD NOT FIND A WAY TO BE A LITTLE CLOSER TO HIS WIFE AND MOTHER OF HIS SEVEN CHILDREN. I ENJOYED THE FACT THAT IT DOES NOT TRY TO PUSH MY BELIEFS IN ANY CERTAIN FASHION.
althea77EuropeAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5outstanding biographyJuly 28, 2011althea77EuropeAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A great biography of a very unique Christian . Impossible to put down. I highly recommend it and will be ordering " A passion for souls" soon. Lyle Dorsett is a rare writer.
Simon FournierQuebec city, CanadaAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Reading a biography has never been so uplifting!July 8, 2011Simon FournierQuebec city, CanadaAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Aiden Wilson Tozer believed that anything "new" in Christianity would be moldy in a few years. We have to agree with him even if only because his writings are still having an impact on us readers almost fifty years after his death.
This biography is honest and faithful to recall the historical and religious context in which this modern-day prophet lived and ministered. Great read!
Jean Hardy5 Stars Out Of 5January 19, 2010Jean HardyDr. Tozer life was lonely but that was his choice. He had a awesome relationship with the Lord. A place we all need to reach to make a difference.