[Conversion] is not an end but an inception, for now begins the glorious pursuit, the heart’s happy exploration of the infinite riches of the Godhead...'O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more... I am ashamed of my lack of desire. I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still...' (The Pursuit of God, Ch. 1)
Readers may assume A.W. Tozer was a stern old patriarch, but he was a ‘regular guy’ with a wry sense of humor. After reading this book, I learned that my father had met him. In 1962, he and Dad spoke at the same church, and Tozer asked him, “What’s the last thing you do before you preach?” Dad expected something profoundly spiritual, but Tozer said, “Check your zipper.” He wanted nobody to be distracted from God’s Word!
Because of poverty, Tozer never completed high school, yet his writings reveal one of the 20th century’s greatest minds–wise, as described in I Cor. 1:17-2:16. Tozer reached people not just in churches, but also on sidewalks, trains or buses (he never owned a car). While he pastored churches in West Virginia, Chicago, and Toronto, his writings inspired Christians everywhere. His tombstone reads: A. W. Tozer, 1897-1963, a man of God.
From 1950, Tozer edited the Alliance Weekly for a dozen years. Just after publishing The Pursuit of God, one of his editorials said, “It will cost something to walk slowly in the parade of the ages, while excited men rush about confusing motion with progress. But it will pay in the long run and the true Christian is not much interested in anything short of that.” The Pursuit of God may make us think of hurry, but don’t be misled: Tozer teaches us to ‘walk slowly,’ doing so for ‘the long run.’ There is no shortcut to godliness.
Any of his ten short chapters may change your life; don’t skip his Preface, or the prayers closing each chapter. Following Hard After God echoes David’s hunger for God in Psalm 63. The Blessedness of Possessing Nothing will help you to resist idolatry by treasuring God above all. The Gaze of the Soul points to ways in which faith means truly looking unto Jesus. Meekness and Rest will lead you–like Jesus–to entrust your reputation and self-esteem to our Heavenly Father, to relax about what people think of you. Each page will increase your longing to draw closer to your Creator.
The Pursuit of God has been made available for check-out from the ABEFC library, along with other titles in The Bookshelf.