A. W. Tozer: Three Spiritual Classics in One Volume: The Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God, and God's Pursuit of Man

A. W. Tozer: Three Spiritual Classics in One Volume: The Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God, and God's Pursuit of Man

by A. W. Tozer

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ISBN-13: 9780802418616
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Edition description: Combined
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 117,391
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

A.W. TOZER began his lifelong pursuit of God at the age of seventeen after hearing a street preacher in Akron, Ohio. A self-taught theologian, Tozer was a pastor, writer and editor whose powerful use of words continues to grip the intellect and stir the soul of today's reader. Among his best-loved books are the classics The Pursuit of God and The Attributes of God.

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A. W. Tozer: Three Spiritual Classics in One Volume: The Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God, and God's Pursuit of Man 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
amandainpa 6 months ago
Non-fiction is something that I don’t particularly enjoy picking up but I almost always find that I benefit from the time I’ve spent reading it. This collection of 3 of A.W. Tozer’s Classic works (The Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God, and God’s Pursuit of Man), took me several months to read but the time spent was definitely worthwhile. I’ve always wanted to read something by Tozer as he was a very well respected theologian who spoke the truth. This book brings 3 of his greatest works together in one volume that I will return to again and again. I did struggle a bit at first with the writing as the books were written in 1948, 1950, and 1961. The language is different from the language of today, which slowed me down at times. The first book, The Knowledge of the Holy was about the attributes of God and discovering who He really is and who He is not. I have learned about God all through my life in church but never have I seen it broken down so clearly as it is in this book. I love how Tozer has a chapter for each attribute and he explains further how God fits that attribute. The second book, The Pursuit of God, was my favorite of the three. It discusses the importance of man’s pursuit of God and how we can pursue Him. Tozer discusses removing the veil that is inside of us…a veil that separates us from being close to the Lord…a veil that is made of self (selfishness, self-pity, self-love, self-righteousness). This chapter resonated deeply within me. To think that this book was written in 1948 amazes me…how much more do people suffer from this problem now than they did then? There were so many treasures found in this book that all of the pages in my copy have been highlighted and sometimes annotated. The third book, God’s Pursuit of Man discusses what it means to be truly saved. This book did not flow as well as The Pursuit of God to me but there were still some gems in it. I enjoyed how Tozer discusses the Holy Spirit, and His important work in our lives. Often, the spirit is not discussed (or “forgotten” as Tozer states). Overall, this was an excellent collection that I highly recommend. I know that this will be a book that I will never get rid of and will return to in the future. My Overall Rating 4 stars I received this book from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
JournalOfABibliophile 6 months ago
The Knowledge of the Holy is the first book in this three book bind-up. It was first published in 1961 and is about the attributes of God. A verse that comes to mind is Proverbs 9:10. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding." The first chapter titled "Why We Must Think Rightly About God" jumps right in saying, "What comes to mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us." How true that is! The first few chapters set the stage, then Tozer moves onto the self-existence, self-sufficiency, and eternity of God. A lot of these topics are the mysteries of God since the human mind can't fully understand. Other topics Tozer talks about is God's immutability, divine omniscience, wisdom, omnipotence, transcendence, omnipresence, faithfulness, goodness, justice, mercy, grace, love, holiness, and sovereignty. One of my favorite quotes from the book is: "Among the sins to which the human heart is prone, hardly any other is more hateful to God than idolatry, for idolatry is at bottom a libel on His character. The idolatrous heart assumes God is other than He is—in itself a monstrous sin—and substitutes for the true God one made after its own likeness. Always this god will conform to the image of the one who created it and will be base or pure, cruel or kind, according to the moral state of the mind from which it emerges." The Pursuit of God and God's Pursuit of Man are the next two books. From what I've seen, God's Pursuit of Man is Tozer's "profound prequel to The Pursuit of God", but it was published two years later (correct me if I'm wrong, sometimes Goodreads has inaccurate dates). So my first thoughts reading Tozer is that he's easy to understand, but sometimes I found him kind of hard to follow. These short books are packed with quite a bit of depth in their short chapters, so you will learn a lot in a short amount of time. I think that instead of reading this like a novel, next time I will read it like a devotional and really reflect on what each chapter says and do a personal bible study over it, since at the end of each book are notes and scripture sources. I think this is a great book, and a must have for every Christian.  *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
ksteml1 12 months ago
It is my strong conviction that every believer would benefit from being an avid reader of A.W. Tozer, especially his works found in the compliation of his works known as “Three Spirtual Classics in One Volume.” It is not for naught that these writings are labeled as classics, for the wisdom and spirtual truth found in them are timeless. In these classics, one learns how to rightly think of our God, how to live out our faith in day to day life, and the proper way in which to view our relationship with our Almighty God. I would highly recommend this book to believers everywhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Three Spiritual Classics in One Volume contains three books, The Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God, and God’s Pursuit of Man. In The knowledge of the Holy Tozer writes about understanding the attributes of god. Tozer goes on to explain how many Christians today don’t have a correct conception of who God is. It breaks down many misrepresentations and misunderstandings of God’s nature. In the pursuit of god Tozer explains how sin, self, and pride are stumbling blocks preventing true union with God. In this the reader will gain greater clarity on how to pursue God and follow Him. In gods pursuit of man Tozer explains that, though man is commanded to seek God, their ability to do so is quintessentially established in his persistent pursuit of them. It is only when the person humbly recognizes their dependence on the sovereign God that they are freed to seek after their creator. I really enjoyed this book and found its content to be inspiring and insightful. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to be challenged in their faith and grow closer in their relationship with God. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Zach995 More than 1 year ago
Three Spiritual Classics in One Volume contains three books, The Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God, and God's Pursuit of Man. In The knowledge of the Holy Tozer writes about understanding the attributes of god. Tozer goes on to explain how many Christians today don’t have a correct conception of who God is. It breaks down many misrepresentations and misunderstandings of God's nature. In the pursuit of god Tozer explains how sin, self, and pride are stumbling blocks preventing true union with God. In this the reader will gain greater clarity on how to pursue God and follow Him. In gods pursuit of man Tozer explains that, though man is commanded to seek God, their ability to do so is quintessentially established in his persistent pursuit of them. It is only when the person humbly recognizes their dependence on the sovereign God that they are freed to seek after their creator. I really enjoyed this book and found its content to be inspiring and insightful. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to be challenged in their faith and grow closer in their relationship with God. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the works of A.W. Tozer have been around for a while (he lived from 1897-1963), it seems like just recently I have been hearing more people mention his books. Tozer’s books are considered Christian classics, and now three of them have been combined into one volume: The Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God, and God’s Pursuit of Man. This was my first time reading Tozer, and I can see why he is considered one of the greatest Christian authors of the twentieth century. Let me say upfront that this is not “light” reading. The spiritual truths that he explores are weighty and profound. It is simply amazing that he is a “self-taught theologian” without formal training. Although some of his prose could be considered old-fashioned, the subjects he covers in these books are timeless. For example, in The Pursuit of God, Tozer addresses the busyness of life and urges us to be still in order to personally experience God. This 471 page book would be a valuable addition to every Christian library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When someone pens a list of "Spiritual Classics," it's unlikely that many modern authors/theologians are going to make that list. When we think of the classics we think of works authored by the likes of Calvin, Spurgeon, and Bavinck. There is typically, however, a very small batch of "modern" theologians whose names may sneak onto such a list, one of whom, no doubt, is A.W. Tozer.  If you've ever read any of my reviews you may have noticed a word I tend to use on books that don't strike me as particularly substantive. I typically call those books "thin" theologically. Books that are "thin" might be those that fall under the "Christian Living" genre or something similar. A.W. Tozer's writing is the antithesis to "thin" theology. He writes with a distinctively robust theology, a substantive, impactful God-centered way of writing. And the Three Spiritual Classics in One Volume, which Moody Publishers has produced, includes his three most impactful books, his magnum opus if you will: The Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God, and God's Pursuit of Man.  Tozer has a unique way of getting right to the meat of an argument or topic, throwing a sort of spiritual punch to the gut. I think specifically about The Pursuit of God, in which he very keenly provides insight into much of the spiritual laziness that plagued his day, and which, maybe to a greater degree, plagues our current day. Without stating it in these exact words, Tozer echoes in much of his writing Calvin's conclusion that we can arrive at no true knowledge of ourselves until we are confronted with a true knowledge of God. So, for that reason and others, I'm sure, all of Tozer's writings are distinctively God-centered.  All that to say, what you'll find in this spiritual classic is worth your time. In fact, I would argue that we need to be reading Tozer and others like him much more today than we're reading our contemporary pastor-theologians. In this three-in-one set, you're sure to be struck by the glory of God, you'll certainly experience the sweetness of conviction, you'll be challenged, and you'll be encouraged. It is absolutely required reading for any Christian today. Go pick this one up and keep it on your nightstand for repeated reading.  I received this book free of charge from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.