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  1. thechristianscribe
    Arizona
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Tozer on Prayer
    May 26, 2019
    thechristianscribe
    Arizona
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    One of the best books on prayer! With his raw honesty and easy to understand and relate writing style, Tozer's words convict you. It causes you to self- analyze your prayer life and evokes the conviction we need to up our prayer life. This is a collection of sermons, essays, and portions from his previous books on the subject of prayer.

    The sections are short, followed by Seaver's commentary and then some questions at the end for reflection. This is a great collection of writings from Tozer's best on prayer. I found myself highlighting and writing on the margins, which is something I don't do often. So much of what he discusses is very relatable and powerful, you'll probably need a highlighter as well. This is a book I can see myself rereading again.

    I received a copy of this book from Moody in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
  2. A.S. Lester
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Little Book on Prayer
    September 22, 2016
    A.S. Lester
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am a big fan of A.W. Tozer. He is passionate, practical, and communicates with Holy prayer-by-tozerSpirit conviction. The fact that his words continue to be complied and offered in print form attests to his faithfulness and fruitfulness as a minister of the gospel. In this new book, Prayer: Communing With God In Everything, W.L. Seaver has pulled together various insights from Tozer on the subject of prayer, included his own additional comments, and provided reflection and application aids to help the reader both understand the nature of prayer and move towards cultivating a deeper intimacy with the Lord in prayer.

    As previously mentioned, the book is not a how-to manual on prayer, nor is it an in-depth consideration of the Lords Prayer, or any other prayer recorded in Scripture for that matter. Instead Seaver has examined the countless volumes of Tozers works and complied numerous excerpts that touch on the nature of prayer. As a result, the reader is left with a multifaceted perspective on what it means to stay in daily communion with the Father.

    The book has two main divisions, Tozer Writings and Tozer Sermons, which make up twenty-eight chapters. Dont let the twenty-eight chapters intimidate you, however, as the total page count of the book is only around 215 (so the chapters are short and manageable enough, even for those with busy schedules). Tozer Writings are short selections from an assortment of his various books, while Tozer Sermons include thoughts related to prayer from some of his sermons. All chapters conclude with a Reflect and Apply section to help the reader think through and internalize the content.

    Strengths

    The book is typical Tozer, which is a good thing. He writes with a piercing and penetrating insight into the human heart. One of my favorite quotes from the book reads, Prayer at its best is the expression of the total life (17). Seaver notes the statement is both simple and complex (19). For the believer who is in right relationship with God, prayer is nothing more than the natural outflow of all things. It is as simple as communing about life with the Father. To try and teach someone how to do this, as Tozer notes, is about as absurd as trying to explain someone how to fall in love (back cover). Yet the practice of prayer can be extremely complex and frustrating, especially for the believer who is not walking closely with the Lord. For him prayer can feel more like a taxing duty or discipline, rather than the delight of the soul in communion with the Father.

    Another much needed insight that Tozer shares has to do with our tendency to compartmentalize our lives. One of the greatest hindrances to internal peace the Christian encounters is the common habit of dividing our lives into two areasthe sacred and the secular (23). Such a faulty perspective leads us into thinking that some acts glorify God more than others. For example, we assume God is more pleased when we are at church than at work, or God receives more glory when we are teaching others a Bible lesson rather than talking to our neighbor down the street.

    The reality is much different, as everything can be done in a way that would glorify God. Tozer develops this thought: we need to realize and practice every day that there is no non-sacred act. For instance, mowing the yard, washing the dishes, cleaning a garage, getting some exercise, organizing a shelf, writing a report, and hundreds more such secular acts should not rob us of intimate fellowship and prayer with God but should enrich it (28). We dont always think of our ordinary life in this way, yet communing with God in the normal routines of everyday life is precisely what the nature of prayer is all about:

    It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it. The motive is everything. Let a man sanctify the Lord God in his heart and he can thereafter do no common act. All he does is good and acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For such a man, living itself will be a priestly ministration (35).

    Weaknesses

    Perhaps the most glaring weakness of the book relates not to the content that was included, but to that which is surprisingly lacking. There is no consideration of the Lords Prayer, or His High Priestly Prayer, or any of the other great prayers recorded in Scripture. It is hard to imagine a book on prayer that does not include any of the classical examples of prayer. Yet, for better or worse, that is exactly what Seaver has compiled here. Given he chose to only draw from Tozers writings, however, it is understandable that he was limited in what works he could include.

    Because the structure of the book is not focused on any particular passage or example, it can lend itself to being misunderstood and taken out of context. A good example of this can be found in chapter 12, Three Ways to Get What We Want. I would assume Tozer is speaking about things that are not contrary to Gods revealed will for the believer. Unfortunately that distinction isnt made in the chapter itself, which leaves the content open for erroneous application. I should point out that Seaver does clarify the larger context of what Tozer was saying (96), but one cant help wonder that such clarifications would not be necessary if the structure of the book was different.

    Still, it should be noted that the book delivers on its claim to be a collection of Tozers thoughts on prayer. If you enjoy Tozer and desire to have a deeper understanding on the nature of prayer, youre going to love this book!

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
  3. Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A.W. Tozer: Thoughts on Prayer
    April 8, 2016
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5




    There are so many books and authors out there that I know are amazing, and that Im really missing something by never having made them a priority. Tozer is my undiscovered author, and its not as if I havent delighted in brief quotations of his words a mix of the understated and the profound. It is even true that portions of his sermons read online have jolted me awake to Gods holiness and drawn me closer to the rosy glow of truth.

    Now, thanks to W.L. Seaver, Ive spent some focused time with Tozers writing, for he has compiled Tozers insights on prayer from sixteen of his books and several sermons. Prayer: Communing with God in Everything is a skillfully curated scrapbook that captures Tozers knack for portraying the majesty of God in all things. While prayer is portrayed in all its efficacy and mystery, it is still abundantly clear to the reader that God will never be other than Himself, no matter how many people pray, nor how long, nor how earnestly.

    Having said that, Tozer urges believers to:

    pray past the ordinary into the unusual;

    enter the prayer chamber filled with faith and armed with courage;

    bring his will into line with the will of God so God can do what he has all along been willing to do.

    Three features of these collected insights are most helpful:

    1. Mr. Seaver has organized the material so that excerpts concerning the correction of common misconceptions about prayer are grouped together, as are motivational excerpts for making the most of ones prayer life. Each chapter has been labeled with its source and date of publication for ease of future study.

    2.For readers who are new to reading theology, W.L. Seavers commentary following each chapter will be a confidence builder, answering the question: Did I get the point here? For the teacher who needs resources to fuel a class on prayer, the work of compiling material, writing questions for reflection, and making application with specific Scripture passages has already been done.

    3.Tozers sermon transcripts reveal his pastoral heart and his deep conviction of the enduring truth of Gods Word. Step-by-step and story-by-story, principles and examples from Scripture become recommendations from an older and wiser friend who is in awe of God, who has seen with his own eyes that God will make iron swim, and who challenges his listeners to join him on their knees.

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    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.

  4. danni
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    wonderful
    February 7, 2023
    danni
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is one in a series of compilations of A.W. Tozer's teachings, sermons, and other works. The other books in the series include Worship, Discipleship, Culture, Jesus, and Church. I have had the opportunity to read all of these and they are phenomenal so nonetheless I had the same expectation of this one.

    The best way to describe this book is quoting the back cover description: "Prayer compels us not just to pray, but to have a life that prays." This encompasses the entire purpose of the book and what any reader will gain from their time in the book.

    The book is structured with two parts and twenty eight total chapters. Part One includes compilations of Tozer's writings while part two includes compilations of Tozer's sermons. Each chapter is formatted with a Reflect and Apply section that really adds to the depth of the entire book.

    Seaver does add his commentary throughout the book regarding Tozer's teachings but also expounding on Tozer's teachings.

    As I've always said, Tozer is one of the greatest theologians of our times and anyone would gain wisdom from his teachings.

    I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
  5. gcwfarmgirl
    Ohio
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Reminder to Pray
    February 13, 2018
    gcwfarmgirl
    Ohio
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A compilation of A.W. Tozer sermons and book excerpts, along with commentary (the 'Exploring with Tozer') and questions provided by W.L. Seaver, who compiled this book.

    A.W. Tozer's Prayer offers you a look at what your prayer life should look like, why you need to pray and how to do it. Because it is a compilation it makes a great devotional (the chapters don't carry over each chapter is a different topic).

    The chapters are short but not to short and the questions though provoking. Whether your prayer life is constant or nonexistent, this book is a great read.

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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