The Dangers of a Shallow Faith: Awakening from Spiritual Lethargy

The Dangers of a Shallow Faith: Awakening from Spiritual Lethargy


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The Dangers of a Shallow Faith: Awakening from Spiritual Lethargy by A. W. Tozer

Spiritual lethargy is one of the greatest dangers to confront a believer in his or her day-to-day walk with God. A. W. Tozer said, “There are only three directions from which danger comes to the Christian life. They are the world through which we journey, the god of this world and our own mortified flesh.” In this never-before-published book, the renowned teacher issues a clarion call for all Christians to awaken to the times in which we live and stand boldly against spiritual and moral slumber. Tozer’s focus is on those few believers who will heed the call to arouse themselves rise up in the face of the great temptation to malaise that is before us, believing that God always begins with one or two who hear and heed His voice, and refuse to become weary in their pursuit of Him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830762040
Publisher: Gospel Light Publications
Publication date: 05/17/2012
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

A.W. TOZER began his lifelong pursuit of God at the age of 17 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 believer. He authored more than 40 books, and The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy are considered modern devotional classics.

JAMES L. SNYDER is the pastor of the Family of God Fellowship in Ocala, Florida, a Christian and Missionary Alliance church (1973 to present). He is recognized as an authority on the life and ministry of A. W. Tozer, and has written a number of books as well as numerous essays in Christian periodicals about Tozer. He has a weekly radio ministry, writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column carried by 35 newspapers, as well as over a dozen monthly magazines, both online and print.

Table of Contents

Foreword Pastor Gary Wilkerson 5

Introduction: A True Prophet of the Church 7

Part I The Dangers Facing the Evangelical Church

1 At the Brink of Apostasy 13

2 Seeking a Substitute for God 27

3 The Platform for False Teaching 39

4 The Effect of Spiritual Lethargy 51

5 The Process of Backsliding 61

6 The Irrepressible Law of Consequence 71

Part II The Challenges Facing the Evangelical Church

7 The Sources of Danger in the Church 83

8 The Danger of Victory and Defeat 93

9 The Danger of Bondage and Liberty 103

10 The Danger of Idleness and Busyness 115

11 The Danger of Prosperity and Adversity 127

12 The Danger of Postponed Living 141

Part III The Path to Overcoming These Challenges

13 Resisting the World's Propaganda 155

14 Contemplating Our Ways 167

15 Living the Dynamics of God's Kingdom 179

16 Getting Ready to Fight the Good Fight 191

17 Living as an Intentional Christian 205

A Short Biography of A.W. Tozer 213

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The Dangers of a Shallow Faith: Awakening from Spiritual Lethargy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every person who claims to be a Christian needs to read this book
BrianIndianFan More than 1 year ago
For not having graduated from any seminary and being taught by the Holy Spirit with the Bible open in front of him, A.W. Tozer has been called a prophet by many people. It is this humble education and willing spirit that has allowed Tozer to call the church to rise above being ordinary to become the transformative force it can be. In this short tome, Tozer outlines not only the dangers facing the evangelical church, but also the challenges facing it. Not being content with just identifying a problem, Tozer goes on to show the way to overcoming spiritual lethargy in the church. Though a multitude of examples, he tries to exhort the church to look to God only and not settle for something less. The words coming from his pen are not harsh or condescending, but born of a spirit in tune with God and heartbroken at the prospect of seeing the church washed up on the shores of irrelevance. He decries "observers" and "spectators" of current churches and calls them to be active members of worship. He even raises the bar include "anticipatory" prayer - praying before the Lord in advance of any situations that may arise. He cites the example of Jesus in the Garden, praying in advance of his torture and crucifixion for the strength and energy to carry out His Father's will. He is not content with ritual; he even suggests reading your Bible at breaks or lunch and praying where you can so that you can stay connected with God. In this, Tozer provides practical advice that makes being a more relevant Christian into a series of easy to achieve steps rather than climbing of a mountain. BOTTOM LINE: If you feel your spiritual life has plateaued or if you desire more from your Christian walk, this is the book for you.