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West Union, OH
5 Stars Out Of 5
April 4, 2017
West Union, OH
Im one of those people who find A. W. Tozer to be an incredibly challenging writer. Having always loved his more famous books, Im enjoying discovering his lesser-known titles published by Moody Publishers including this little gem called Paths to Power. Its a small book that you could probably read in one enjoyable sitting, though its thoughtful paragraphs might call for a slower perusal.
This title is subtitled Living in the Spirits Fullness. As you may know, thats a prevalent subject and Mr. Tozers writings as he laments the anemic state of Christianity in a way few writers do today. Chapter 1, entitled Power in Action, describes the deadness of our day and our bizarre acceptance of it. Chapter 2 gets quite doctrinal on us as he says, God cannot do our repenting for us. Youll find a lot to think about in that chapter. The third chapter discusses The Fruits of Obedience and how we have removed the idea of obedience from our lives by mistakenly describing it as a works-salvation approach.
Chapter 4 takes the famous text of Hosea 10:12 explains how miracles follow the plow. Chapter 5 discusses doctrinal hindrances while chapter 6 explains how power comes through the Out-poured Spirit. To get a feel for the flavor of this book you should read where he says, another thing that greatly hinders Gods people is a hardness of heart caused by hearing men without the Spirit constantly preaching about the Spirit. See what I mean? Chapter 7 is a concluding chapter that discusses the relationship between unity and revival.
As always, you cant go wrong with A. W. Tozer and I highly recommend this book!
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Ive received A.W. Tozers Paths to Power from Moody Publishers. Although short in length, the stimulating message in this book encourages the Christian to honestly, and thoroughly, examine his, or her, life so that the Christian can truly understand, and live out (or, should I say, obey) the Word of God.
Tozers argument is brief, poignant, insightful, and hard-hitting, but encouraging. And, he presents seven major positions which he has carefully identifies as hindrances to the modern Churchs ability to function effectively as the First Church did. These are:
The modern Churchs general lack of understanding, focus and commitment to its God-given mission, purpose, and work in the earth.
Mans failure to identify and carry-out his earthly duties, versus Gods duties.
To carry out the instructions for godly living which God carefully provided in the Holy Bible.
The lack of productivity in the modern Church, and resulting inability to demonstrate the fruits of Gods Word.
The easily observable phenomenon that the lifestyles of many modern Christians looks more similar to that of their non-Christian counterparts than those of the early Church.
The lack of outpourings of the Holy Spirit into the lives of the modern Christian Church, and some of the unscriptural teachings and beliefs concerning it which are held by many modern Christians.
The lack of unity which is very evident and widespread in the modern Church.
Although this book was first published in the 1940s, its description of a modern Church which (1) fails to demonstrate the power of God, and (2) to take full responsibility for its own sinful actions, (3) confuses the Bibles teachings on such foundational teachings as atonement, redemption, salvation, justification and grace, in order to justify a life which exhibits questionable morals, (4) and over-emphasizes the grace of God, (5) the lack of spiritual unity which is still widespread throughout the modern Church, and a plethora of other serious matters which ultimately result in the generally, powerless modern Christianity which we can easily see, today one that is in great contrast to the Christianity of the First Church.
Paths to Power is the first book by A.W. Tozer that Ive read, and now, I expect to include his works in my home library because his approach to teaching biblical concepts seems to be simple, straightforward, and heartfelt. His passion for the Christian to truly know God is evident from the beginning to the end of this book. Moreover, his usage of plain and clear language makes this book usable and enjoyable for the serious student of the Bible, and for the person who is simply curious to know more about the Christian life.
I highly recommend this book to every member of every church, and to every Christian especially to those who are members of, or are influenced by Western Christianity, because, with this book, Tozer is challenging and encouraging every person who considers himself, or herself, to be a Christian to undergo self-evaluation and to compare his, or her, life to the teachings of the Bible, and to make the changes in the areas of that life, as needed.