Jesus: The Life and Ministry of God the Son--Collected Insights from A. W. Tozer

Jesus: The Life and Ministry of God the Son--Collected Insights from A. W. Tozer

by A. W. Tozer

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Jesus: The Life and Ministry of God the Son--Collected Insights from A. W. Tozer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Natonito More than 1 year ago
[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Moody Publishers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] It is perhaps little surprise that the author had enough comments about Jesus Christ and His life and purpose to make enough material to combine from several of his books into a collected volume.  Indeed, it is likely that many such authors have that kind of material [1].  The question, of course, is what one does with that material and how one discusses it.  This book is a case where the author is perhaps not the ideal person for the task he has set for himself.  To be sure, Tozer is strong-minded as far as Evangelicals go when it comes to doctrinal matters, and that is certainly the case here (even where our beliefs differ).  Yet there is something of the graciousness that one would expect in the subject that is a bit missing, and that is missing largely because the author spends so much time being tough on doctrine (and tough on people) that he does not strike one as the best example to be writing about Jesus. This book of a bit more than 150 pages is divided into seventeen chapters, each of which ends with some reflection questions for the reader.  The author discusses Jesus as the self-existent God (1), as God's express image (2), and as the creator, sustainer, and benefactor (3).  He discusses such matters as the mystery of the incarnation (4), the center of all (6), a miracle worker (7) as well as the people's savior (8).  He speaks of Jesus Christ as the remedy (9), the offering (10), our mediator (11), and he speaks quite eloquently about the resurrection (12), the ascension (13), and the role of Jesus Christ as the high priest (14) who is ever with us (15).  To be greatly appreciated are his comments about the second coming (16) that are pretty strongly worded against amillennialism, before closing, fittingly, with a look at Jesus Christ as the head of a new creation (17).  There are definitely some aspects of Jesus' life and ministry (like Jesus as the Lord of the Sabbath) that are overlooked here, and the author seems to be a bit harsh on people like Philip as being full of calculations. It appears at times as if the author takes his own grievances out on his biblical interpretations. There is certainly much to appreciate here for many readers.  Reading Tozer's thoughts on anything is enjoyable and insightful, regardless of what the subject may be.  Given the importance of grace, though, to Jesus' ministry, it would seem as if one would look for someone who was more gracious than Tozer to be the one writing the book.  Even so, if you happen to pick up this book looking for generally sound doctrine and some tough-minded statements about Jesus Christ and His role in salvation and in the lives of believers, you will find what you are looking for and will likely enjoy it.  The questions for this book are definitely strong as well, though it is unclear who wrote them, and some of them are well worth thinking about and for some readers perhaps well worth writing about them as blog entries or short reflection pieces.  Whether or not many readers make use of this depends on a lot of factors.  I am not sure how many people will think of Tozer's thoughts on Jesus to be something that would be their cup of tea, especially when there are so many options to choose from--I suppose the sales numbers will have to tell that tale for themselves. [1] See, for example: https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2018/02/24/book-review-jesus-and-
MikeCWatt More than 1 year ago
A.W. Tozer is known for his deep yet devotional literature. I recently read through this gem, which is really a collection of gems from Tozer’s treasury of writings. The book is subtitled, “The Life And Ministry of God The Son- Collected Insights From A.W. Tozer.” The book chapters are laid out in excellent outline form. The table of contents reads like a theology outline on the doctrine of Christ beginning with Chapter 1 entitled, “The Self-Existent God” and ending with the last chapter named, “The Head of New Creation”. I came away from this read in awe of Christ, challenged to trust Him more, and drawn to deeper worship of Christ, my Savior. Tozer’s writings always do that for me. Moody Publishers did an excellent job of bringing all of these great writings together in outline form. Every reader will have a greater understanding of theology (doctrine) but also drawn into a deeper doxology (worship) of Christ, our King. If you have not yet read any of Tozer’s works, this book is a great place to start. Note: I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
michellepopewelch More than 1 year ago
A. W. Tozer, one of the most prominent theologians of his time, is truly an inspiration to anyone who desires a deeper, more meaningful relationship with Christ. His reminder that everything but Jesus "shrinks in stature and significance" boldly states the obvious. Nothing but Jesus. This book is also a reminder that God uses us when and how He desires, oblivious to what man thinks of our status in life. Written by a self educated man with no formal schooling, A. W. Tozer's "Jesus" takes the reader to an intimate place where we see just what we need to grow our relationship with the only one who loves us unconditionally. The only one who truly cares about our future. The only one who desires us to be in His presence for eternity. This book is a collection of writings from Tozer's various books and sermons focusing specifically on Jesus Christ, God the Son. It should find it's way into every believer's collection and should be read regularly to inspire us to remember just what is important in our lives.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was an amazing and compelling to read which is very inspire and giving all us about the knowledge that we almost forgot with everyday life living trying to get passed day by day. This book will help you support yours love for Jesus and inspire you to find your life in Him. This kind of spiritual will opening verses of Genesis, giving us an opportunity to face our own fait and inspire life in God. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. " I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review