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“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” This thirst for an intimate relationship with God, claims A.W. Tozer, is not for a select few, but should be the experience of every follower of Christ. Here is a masterly study of the inner life by a heart thirsting after God. Here is a book for every child of God, pastor, missionary, and“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” This thirst for an intimate relationship with God, claims A.W. Tozer, is not for a select few, but should be the experience of every follower of Christ. Here is a masterly study of the inner life by a heart thirsting after God. Here is a book for every child of God, pastor, missionary, and Christian. It deals with the deep things of God and the riches of His grace. In The Pursuit of God, Tozer sheds light on the path to a closer walk with God....

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The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine Reviews

  • Mike
    2019-01-09 20:22

    First ReviewI hesitate to call Tozer a theologian because his approach to Christianity and the practice of faith is very practical. He is very well read and often deals with theological topics but he typically scoffs any intellectual dealings with faith and puts forth his down to earth alternative. The description of "down to earth" only goes so far, because Tozer is also very clearly a mystic. He focuses on experience, feeling and hearing God's voice as important to faith. He also emphasizes those to the point of relegating scripture to a close second in matters of faith. I liked the book (this is my second time through it). Tozer has many good observation about a life of faith and good insight can be gained from reading this book. I am just not sure it strong enough to stand by itself as a guiding text for the Christian life. ----------------------------------------Second ReviewI revisited Tozer recently and concluded that I was a bit too rough on him in the first time around. It was obvious from my third reading that Tozer is a thinker. The reason from his initial distancing of his argument from scripture is because God needs to be viewed as a person to be interacted with and not a distant deity to give lip service. I still agree with most of what I said I just think that Tozer has better theological backing than I had once thought. His theology is intact and his view of scripture is sound. Personally I was struck by what he had to say this time. Tozer has some good insights that struck me at the core of my being. I will be chewing on this book for a while.

  • Kurt Nelson
    2018-12-25 21:25

    Broke down in tears reading one of Tozer's prayers. Praise God for the hour I spent reading part of it today, it was as if God was hear with me sharing the wisdom from the book! Incredible book that taught me to slow down and listen to God.

  • Clark Goble
    2019-01-17 17:07

    My review of this book can be summed up in four words – it blew me away! Tozer identifies one of the major problems in our Church today. As a Church, we are creating a new breed of Christian who understands doctrine better than at any point in history yet fails to understand what it truly means to be a follower of Christ.Having identified the problem, Tozer offers a beautiful solution that is more practical and mystical than theological. His book is an invitation for the the reader to seek God above all else. While many Christian writers invite the reader to seek God to the point of making a decision for Christ, Tozers encourages the Christian to make the seeking of God the continual foundation upon which their life is built on.Tozer’s book served to draw me closer to God and instilled in me the desire to come even closer. It is a book I am sure to read often in the future and gladly add to my list of essential reads.You will also be glad to know the book is free on the Kindle!Happy reading, Clark.

  • Angela Wallace
    2019-01-14 01:05

    I read this book over and over. It's the one I'd pick to have on a desert island. The way Tozer talks about faith and living the Christian life--he takes what religion has turned into complicated and noncommittal routines and returns to the blessed simplicity of what it means to pursue God, to fully engage your heart with His. I can't write a review that will do the book justice. It's a short one and can be read in one day, so see for yourself.

  • Douglas Wilson
    2018-12-27 19:04

    I read this many moons ago, and just now listened to it again. Very edifying book, with some brilliant sections.

  • Sarah
    2019-01-13 17:26

    Tozer writes, "The modern scientist has lost God amid the wonders of His world; we Christians are in real danger of losing God amid the wonders of His Word." Discuss what you feel Tozer means by the second half of his statement.I’m not sure, but I think he fears we are in danger of living too much by our head knowledge, which is indeed a real danger for christians. We accept with our mind the theological truths of the Bible, but do not show by our actions that we have truly taken them to heart.Give a favorite quotation from the book and discuss why and how it impacted you.“Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshippers men together, each one looking away to christ are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become “unity” conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.” This stood out because it is so easy to get caught up with reacting to the people around you instead of looking to God to give you the ability to love them.How will what you read in this book affect your relationship with Jesus?It definitely makes me think about really pursuing God, rather than just being happy with whatever level of spiritual growth I’ve already attained.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-01-10 17:15

    This book would/will/does require thought and a solid grounding in the Bible. I find the central theme to be of immense and transcendent value. The theme dealt with has to do with the basic idea of "finding God" vs. "knowing God" vs. "growing in God"...I could say a lot but as those reading this will be not only atheist vs. theist but also Christians of various denominations. There are places I must disagree with some of whats taught here, but that does not mean that I disagree with the basic point of view.I can and do highly recommend this for Christians seeking a closer relationship with God.I won't go into basic disagreements as the bottom line is that I don't think "where we disagree" is on a point of doctrine that would "force" two Christians to have a major disagreement (though some of course would/will. We do always manage that don't we?)As I said excellent book. Recommended especially for Christian readers.

  • Cynthia Vogel
    2019-01-15 20:05

    Feeling humbled to write a review on a book written by such a man of deep faith as AW Tozer. Nonetheless, I will do so in hopes of convincing some of you to take the plunge. It's a short book 122 pages....the language is a tad archaic but by no means insurmountable. The thing that most struck me was the importance of keeping our gaze on the Lord no matter what we are doing at the time. No act can be unholy if attempted while keeping our eyes on the FAther. No place is more holy than another. No conversation or task mundane if undertaken with our eyes on the face of God. While it sounds a bit intimidating to train ourselves to focus on two things at once, certainly we do so all the time. Just as our stomachs growl and we are reminded constantly that we are hungry...yet we do not often have the leisure to go and eat immediately we feel both our hunger and the importance of the task at hand. This is indeed a holy habit worthy of developing.Thus the "Gaze of the Soul" chapter impressed me maybe more powerfully than did some of the others And the chapter entitled "Apprehending God" speaks of how we can experience God with every one of our faculties. And it is the person who is deficient in faith who fails to intimately know the God whom they claim to worship. Just as we know that the world in which we live is real: and we experience it with our too the maker of the world can be experienced through the experience of the world God created. WE know him too by the words written in the Scriptures....we know him as an act of our faith.I could write more...but Tozer says it so much better than I...pick up a copy --better yet download it...I think it is free at Amazon.

  • Kristian Kilgore
    2018-12-26 17:11

    My fourth reading of this classic proves once again that it never fails to challenge, to encourage, and to satisfy. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. AW Tozer's genuine passion for God and to see others encounter and draw near to God is unmistakable. He is relentless with his courageous call for a life lived in opposition to nominal Christianity.Casual, or common, Christianity is not a legitimate option in Tozer's view of things. The book is basically the author's attempt to walk through the disciplines, or methods of pursuit. He makes a case for each aspect of intentionally growing in knowledge and love for God through exploring the essence of each practice, not so much in mechanics but in spirit. He leaves room for the reader to "fit" each method to his/her own unique personality, but he is intractable with regard to the importance and meaning of each of them. I will continue to re-visit this every couple of years. This work, along with few other selections, becomes a diagnostic tool for my heart. It is a barometer of my dedication to being a disciple and pursuer of Christ.

  • Chrissy
    2018-12-27 22:56

    I have been wanting to read this book for a long time, and I am amazed that as I completed this book I wondered that had I read it sooner it would not have been as impacting. As is the way with God, timing is everything-perfect and precise. I will warn this is not a casual read. I found myself reading and re-reading paragraphs over and over. He has a dizzying intellect and an ability to reach to the heart of things which often is no casual venture. My favorite sections regarded pride, God's instruction on holiness, the duality of our existence and how the mundane tasks of daily life may be accepted by God as our worship. The simplicity of the pursuit and how our fallen nature and desires complicate the journey resonate with me.I do highly recommend this book for those honestly seeking God. In fact, I plan to get a hard copy as it seems to be one of those books I would turn to time and time again for a perspective check and maybe even a new insight should I mature in my walk. May God bless your journey to seek Him wholly!

  • Ij
    2018-12-28 21:15

    An interesting and inspirational guide for Christians seeking to get closer to God.The book is public domain and is available free from many sources. I downloaded free, from Amazon, to my Kindle. I listened to it on LibriVox, also free, as I read on Kindle.It is about a two (2) hour read.

  • Jeanie
    2019-01-09 00:12

    Every Christian should read this book. This book had clairification backed up with scripture. As I was reading, I had a longing in my heart. It's focus is on the Lord, not on what I can do better, or what I need to do, or need not do. It was about surrending and the importantance of knowing who God is. In my own walk with the Lord, I am amazed every year on what there is to know about the Lord, his character, his desires and how much I lack. This book is a freeing that it releases many lies that as christians we can believe. If we believe a lie, we are in bondage in that lie. Only the truth will set us free to love and to surrender. It shows the importance of being well fed with a body of other believers. How we are to beseech the lord to show us his Glory. He is well pleased to show us his mercy but on his terms and not on ours. Which again leads to a total surrender. I loved how each chapter ended in a heart-felt prayer to the Lord. This book is a blessing to read over and over again.

  • Adam
    2019-01-11 18:59

    One of the most profound books I’ve ever read was A.W. Tozer’s book The Pursuit of God. Even before I ever read this book and before I even heard of John Piper, God was already laying the foundations in my heart, teaching me the discipline of seeking Him.“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:5 esvWhen I first read The Pursuit of God it was like water to my dry soul. I hadn’t ever read anything like it and I couldn’t put it down. Since them I have read it more times than I can count. I now have the added advantage of having it on audio, so I listen to it regularly. Each time I read it I am encouraged in a new way.I think it would be in line with Tozer to say that we do not take the time to truly study anything anymore. With the dawn of the digital age, we are more susceptible to just move on to the next book without actually grasping everything there is to know in the last one. The Pursuit of God is one of those books that ought to be studied by everyone. It’s not very long, but each chapter is very deep.While there are several orthodoxy points I would probably take issue with, I cannot read The Pursuit of God without worshiping. Ever chapter finishes with a prayer that convicts my heart and brings the lessons that much closer to my soul.Next week WOTG will dedicate the whole week to specific lessons from The Pursuit of God and Tozer’s life. I hope that you’ll find value in the lessons, but more-so, I hope you find the time to not only ready Tozer, but to study and know him as you pursue God.Check out my book reviews every Wednesday at

  • Drew Dixon
    2019-01-19 23:07

    This book was one of the most fruitful and refreshing school assignments I've ever received. I have heard much talk of Tozer lately and now that I have read him I understand why. Every sentences drips with wisdom that has been soaked in much prayer. He writes beautifully and poetically. Such crafted language is beautiful enough to make one want to pursue God. Yet it is not the outer beauty of the writing that captures a person in this book, it is the passionate heart-filled exhortations which overflow with love for Jesus that make one desire to pursue God after reading this book. Tozer writes not only with passion, but also with God-exalting humility. This is seen in his own description of the book:"This book is a modest attempt to aid God's hungry children so to find Him. Nothing here is new except in the sense that it is a discovery which my own heart has made of spiritual realities most delightful and wonderful to me. Others before me have gone much father into these holy mysteries than I have done, but if my fire is not large it is yet real, and there may be those who can light their candle at its flame."I have found light in this book that has enlightened my dull vision and warmth which has impassioned my heart. I greatly recommend this book for anyone who wishes to draw nearer to and deeper with God.

  • Rick Dugan
    2019-01-13 19:19

    Considering Tozer wrote this classic on an all night train from Chicago to Texas, I'm challenged to redeem the time I spend on airplanes!This intensely spiritual yet practical book gets beyond emotive arguments for pursuing God. Tozer stimulates a hunger for God and teaches us to find him in various ways and placed. He kindles the fire so that we become dissatisfied to religious programs and orthodox theology alone. Nothing less than the presence of God will satisfy. I was especially challenged by the chapters on meekness, possessing nothing, hearing the voice of God, and apprehending God by faith. Difficult yet worthy goals of discipleship. A book worth your time.

  • Brian Ming
    2019-01-17 18:03

    A classic, by one of the greatest minds and theologians of our time. Although written a long time ago, the content still holds true. It challenged me. Encouraged me. After reading this I can honestly say, "I want more of God." And isn't that the point?

  • Pamela
    2018-12-30 18:03

    This book stirred my passions, drew me in with the intense beauty of God, while at the same time gripped me with conviction. The core of this writing lies in the fact that before a person determines to seek out God, God has been already been pursuing him..."The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him; and all the while we are pursuing Him we are already in His hand: "Thy right hand upholdeth me." I am dumbfounded.Other concepts that have helped me:[For those who intend to gaze forever upon Jesus] "God takes this intention for our choice and makes what allowances he must for a thousand distractions which beset us in this evil world...we can...comfort ourselves with the knowledge that a habit of soul is forming which will become after a while a sort of spiritual reflex requiring no more conscious effort on our part."[Faith is a gaze of the heart at God and as we form an] "inward habit of beholding God. A new set of eyes (so to speak) will develop within us enabling us to be looking at God while our outward eyes are seeing the scenes of this passing world."The Chapter Titles:(my interpretation in parenthesis)1:Following Hard After God2:Blessedness of Possessing Nothing3:Removing the Veil (Barrier to God)4:Apprehending God (Personal Relationship with God)5:Universal Presence (Omniscience)6:Speaking Voice (His Word is Written and Speaks)8:Gaze of the Soul (Developing Faith) 8:Restoring the Creator-creature Relation (A Proper Perspective of the Temporal and the Eternal)9:Meekness and Rest (The Burden of Self-Love)10:Sacrament of Living (The Undivided Life)I understand that the book intended to address some misdirected/erroneous ideas and practices within Christianity at the time of Tozer's writin, so some sections seem over-accentuated. But overall, this is a good resource for recharging the fire in following Christ.

  • Bob
    2019-01-13 19:16

    This little classic is a gem and is actually available for free in e-versions! Tozer speaks in plain language about profound spiritual realities ranging from our longing for God to the blessedness of possessing nothing to the quality of meekness to the way we divide sacred from secular in our lives. He explores how it is that we open ourselves up to God and hear God. While there are points at which his references are plainly connected to his own time, this is more than made up for by the spiritual richness in these pages. We used this for a book discussion and each chapter provided us with 45 minutes of rich content for discussion and the prayers at the end of each chapter became our prayers to end our time together.

  • John Kirkwood
    2018-12-27 01:08

    I rarely hand out five stars. But this book is worth it only considering the prayers at the end of every chapter. However, the content of the book is filled with wonderful insights, the likes of G. Campbell Morgan and Alexander McLaren. It's a short read but full of dynamite. You can spend many hours meditating on what you will read here.

  • Jimmy Reagan
    2019-01-10 22:10

    This book holds a rightful place on the list of the greatest Christian books of all time. Of the many outstanding books that A. W. Tozer wrote, “The Pursuit of God” is his most popular. If you have ever looked for this title in used bookstores, you probably found it terribly worn. That ragged condition would be from both use and from the inferior binding that I have noticed in many old editions. Moody has thankfully provided us here with an edition that is both economical and of a quality made to last.This edition has a short article called “Tozer’s Legacy” that tells us a little bit about the man and that he wrote this volume on his knees. You can tell as you read. He sees that our souls are thirsty for God and many Christians have settled for something of such lesser value.His first chapter on following hard after God sets the tone. For example, he said, “everything is made to center upon the initial act of ‘accepting’ Christ (a term, incidentally, which is not found in the Bible) and we are not expected thereafter to crave any further revelation of God to our souls.” He will, as you imagine, prove that our need is more of the Lord.In other chapters, he shows issues like being consumed with “things” rather than the Lord. He talks about removing the veil that we might see the Lord. He gives clues to apprehending God when he explains “O taste and see”. He often draws on the incredible attributes of God, something else he is famous for writing about, to show, for example, what His presence and voice means. He talks about how this leads to rest and how this becomes what he calls “a sacrament of living”.In short, this is a veritable masterpiece. Every Christian should read this book in his or her lifeI received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  • Mary
    2018-12-25 21:24

    I picked this one up, probably, b/c it was short and I'd never read anything by Tozer. I'd heard, when I was young and impressionable, that he was on the "mystical" side of things, and that, at first, scared me and, later, intriguied me. Tozer describes relationship w/ God in nontraditional terms, which could be mystical or could just be refreshingly innovative. His language transcends the ordinary and ventures into philosophy and even physics. "There must be somewhere a fixed center," he writes, "against which everything else is measured, where the law of relativity does not enter and we can say ‘IS’ and make no allowances,” (100). And in God, Tozer finds it: "Everyone and everything else measures from that fixed point [of God:]. ‘I am that I am,’ says God, ‘I change not’" (ibid). I like that: God as Fixed Point. A very nice antidote to the rampant relativity of 21st C. life.

  • Mike Duncan
    2019-01-18 21:22

    I read as many books as I can find about Christianity and this book came highly recommended. I find in this book a profound love for Christ by Mr. Tozer. This is a must-read for any Christian. Every chapter ends with a short prayer, that I read out loud every time I read the book. It will instill a greater knowledge and understanding of Christ's love for you every time you read it. I won't give any details away because I believe the book needs to be read to understand what I'm writing. There are few books that I've read that make the power of the Trinity in my life so evident. It is a very empowering book. I've read it numerous times. Too many to count. I won't put a finish date, because I intend on reading it for a very long time.

  • Ashley (5171MilesBooks)
    2018-12-21 21:22

    "God is here when we are wholly unaware of it. He is manifest only when and as we are aware of his presence. On our part there must be surrender to the Spirit of God, for His work it is to show us the Father and the Son. If we cooperate with Him in loving obedience, God will manifest himself to us, and that manifestation will be the difference between a nominal Christian life and a life radiant with the Light of His face." I am thankful for this book at this time in my life. I feel like it taught me things I hadn't considered before, and showed me the areas where I was deficient in my relationship with Christ. I will be reflecting upon this book for weeks to come.

  • Lori
    2018-12-28 23:12

    This book was a free Kindle download on my iPhone, and if I had realized what a treasure I've been carrying with me, I would never have looked at Facebook or any other app. I knew in the back of my head that this was classic Christian Literature, but I found it so practically applicable to the culture today. I found myself reading and re-reading certain pages, not because they were difficult to understand, but because I was in awe of how these words on the page so accurately summed up the struggles and conditions of us all, and the simple yet profound responses were such a refreshment to my soul. I'm stingy with stars in my book ratings, but this one, for me, was a five-star classic.

  • James
    2019-01-08 20:11

    This was a May re-read. Tozer is an incredibly rich writer which defies easy categorization. Your everyday evangelical, fundamentalist mystic radio-preacher from a few decades back. So much here that is worth digesting slowly. With as much as I read, it is sometimes daunting dipping back to old favorites. Will they hold up? Will they be good as I remember them? In this case, just rewards--Tozer is the real deal.

  • Kristy
    2019-01-18 00:16

    This has been a great book to read and listen to simultaneously while being off work due to an injury. I found this book to be refreshing, encouraging,and challenging. I loved the prayers at the end of each chapter, which help one start to put into practice these great seeds of the Christian faith gleaned by Tozer.

  • Patricia
    2019-01-06 18:59

    I have so many highlights, it's hard to sit down and pick the best. Excellent book!

  • Laura
    2018-12-26 22:08

    This book has totally changed how I think of my faith. I am looking forward to seeing if I'm still impacted by this book weeks and months from now. I wrote down pages and pages of quotes and notes from this book! Such wonderful reminders here of how following Christ is a LIVING, personal, relevant, daily thing- THE most (only) important thing in my life. Tozer is a great example of how a PhD level of education isn't necessary for someone to be intelligent or faithful- only the Holy Spirit is needed. He was so inspiring. I am already looking forward to re-reading this book in the future!

  • Miles Smith
    2019-01-04 01:11

    Venerable, and still magnificentFew Christian authors have been able to capture the simple fundamentals of the gospel without resorting to platitudes, to formulaic and typically silly metaphors, or to snobbish over reliance on "liturgy," etc. Tozer offers a vision of the Christian life that any Christian, be they a newly converted beggar or saint of old, needs to be reminded of.

  • Martha
    2019-01-08 18:25

    Enlightening and confirming. This is a wonderful classic to help direct my life focus toward God. This work confirms the other studies I have been enjoying. I have been participating in a small group study at church called Freedom Course. Its goal is to help the student to discern the difference between living in the tree of knowledge, which brings death, or living in the tree of life that brings freedom. I thought that this audio book would compliment the group study and my Bible reading and it certainly does.The message is not new. It is Biblically based and although it was written by Tozer in the late 1940s, it is still sound teaching today. Tozer states there may be many who call themselves believers and Christians but there are really only a small group who pursue God. It is all around us… we are busy living our lives, raising our families, and doing our jobs. There is nothing wrong with that, but too often we forget the first priority which is to live our lifes, in all activities, as God directs. We need to learn to remove the excesses and minimize distractions of this world. This book goes through short chapters covering distinct areas in our lives that need to change direction to come into line with God’s will.This classic message exhorts a deeper and closer walk with God. It is a work that I suspect I could listen to several times a year and benefit each time. I recommend this to seekers and to Christians serious enough to truly pursue God and a life directed in His will.Audio Notes: Mark Moseley narrates the teaching and I enjoyed his direct reading which matched the appropriate emphasis intended by the author. An excellent job of delivery that enhanced the book experience for me.(This book is available on Amazon for free.)