Good day my friends and fellow bookworms, today I am bringing you my thoughts on the Christian theological modern classic, The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine by A.W. Tozer, which was first published in 1948. Having never read anything by this author before, I put it forward as an option for my church’s book club after it was recommended to me on Goodreads, and it was chosen as our November 2022 read.
Immediately, I ordered a second hand copy (in good condition) and got reading. The Pursuit of God is a slim volume, coming in at just over 120 pages, that is broken up into 11 chapters. In which, former pastor and editor, Aiden Wilson Tozer lays out a simple and practical study into the human heart’s eternal thirsting after God, even if many don’t realise or admit it, as well as imparting the riches of God’s grace when we walk in step with Him.
Even with its diminutive size, this was a book I found I needed to take my time over, and my progress through it was made even slower due to difficulties with health and work. Then unfortunately, I was too fatigued to attend the club’s meeting, in early December 2022, so I never got to hear everyone else’s full thoughts on it. However I hope they found it as helpful a read as I did.
In particular, I was helped and strengthened in my own faith by Tozer’s discussion of how Jesus’ life-giving touch can open and/or improve our senses to see, hear and feel the presence of God; like learning to ride a bike: it is something we never lose even if we grow rusty or lazy. Each chapter also ends with an inspiring prayer based on the topic discussed – Many of which I bookmarked to use myself, then and later.
I also found myself challenged by Tozer’s argument that we are not to possess anything. However this is not to just include the obvious things like money, cars, clothes, etc; but also the gifts, talents, family and friends God blesses us with. All should be turned over to God, for they are only on loan to us while we live upon the Earth (1 Corinthians 4:7). Since trying to implement this in my own life and prayer, I found my anxiety over them lessen.
Overall, I thought The Pursuit of God was a well-written and well-argued theological read, that I found helpful and in some parts challenging for my own faith journey. I will definitely be up for reading more by this author too.
My Rating: Good
Now over to you: Have you read this or other books by this author? Any Christian book recommendations? Please let me know in the comments below, as I love to chat books!
2 thoughts on “📖 The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine by A.W. Tozer (1948) ⭐⭐”
This is sitting in my TBR pile and I look forward to reading it! I’m hoping to get to it following Easter.
Kelly, I pray you will find this as helpful a read as I did 🙏