• The Pursuit of God

  • By: A. W. Tozer
  • Narrated by: Mark Moseley
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (2,458 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

During a train trip from Chicago to Texas in the late 1940s, A.W. Tozer began to write The Pursuit of God. He wrote all night, and when the train arrived at his destination, the rough draft was done. The depth of this book has made it an enduring favorite.

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A Mature Theology

Much like Bonhoeffer, Tozer's theology is not one of hockus-pockus, miracles, magical rescues or voices in the night, promises of heavenly rewards or threats of punishments and damnation, not one of picnics, "pastor appreciation" dinners, or easter egg hunts, but rather a deep and abiding yearning for the everlasting goodness that is God--and again, not a longing borne of a seeking after the comforts of heaven or the avoidance of hell (a "cheap grace" as Bonhoeffer would say), but rather the full and complete wedding of oneself to the goodness of God and a willingness to suffer for that goodness and godliness- because one loves goodness and Godness and not for any other reason than that. In a world of shallow organized religion which never gets beyond the doling out of loaves and fishes (or donuts and coffee), this is a refreshing revisiting of a true spirituality--a love of God, because one loves the attributes of God--and for no other reason than that.

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Profound

I dearly love this book and recommend it far above most other books. It is a book of profound wisdom written by a man whose life was dedicated to the humble pursuit of God.

There are only a few books that I make a habit of reading/listening to at least once every year, and this is among that selection of books.

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Great classic book to include in your library!

What made the experience of listening to The Pursuit of God the most enjoyable?

The narrator did a great job with a great piece of literature!! This really is a timeless book for Christians. Please do yourself a favor and pick this one up. You will not regret it!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

This was a theological book. The character would be God. What's not to love!!

Which scene was your favorite?

Quote: "When God breathed on clay, it became man. When God breathes on man, he becomes clay."

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

You could. It's very inspiring!!

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Great Book

You can get it for $1.99 if you download the free kindle version first! Great Deal!

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A Must Read Christian Classic

If you could sum up The Pursuit of God in three words, what would they be?

I have recommended this book countless times to those who are seeking a deeper more personal relationship with God.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pursuit of God?

I was struck by how current the text still seems despite being written for a previous generation.

Any additional comments?

If you desire to follow God more fully you should read/listen to this book.

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esteemed by many

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

As an excellent primer of the Christian life many of the issues with faith are addressed. The Pursuit of God seems better fitted for those who benefit from a rational approach than for those who are devotionally minded.

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Seek and you shall find.

After years of Bible study, following my new birth, I can say that this brief work resonates with God's Spirit within me more than any of the innumerable books about life and love I have encountered. I will read this again right away and often. Here is the next step in your growth. May God similarly bless you.

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Struggled through this one.

I struggled through this one for a couple of reasons. First, having learned how Tozer's family felt unloved by him, I can see how his ideas in this book lead him to neglect his family in an effort to have nothing earthly holding him back from Christ. He evens states in this book that love of anyone, even family, will quickly overtake the rightful love of Christ that should mark the life of a believer. While I believe we can make idols of our loved ones, I think there is also danger on the other side of the spectrum in that we can work so hard at loving Christ that we do not love other people and therefore fail at both. This book has some truly great concepts and ideas, but like other Tozer books I've read they need to be compared to scripture and carefully pondered. My second reason for struggling through this book is much more about personal taste but the vocabulary Tozer used in his own writing and prayers is far too similar to the King James translation for me.

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Maybe it was just over my head

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the author could have more carefully explained what he was talking about I might have been able to follow. As it was, I feel that all I got were vaguely pious platitudes and generalities.

What could A. W. Tozer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Remove the anti-catholic remarks from his concluding chapter.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was good.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

As I said above, this author may simply be too advanced for me.

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Short, Sweet, and Full of Good Food

I enjoyed listening so much that I also wanted a written copy of this so I could read certain sections over again. I ended up downloading a public domain version of the book for Kindle. One quote that struck me was in the preface, "It is a solemn thing, and no small scandal in the Kingdom, to see God's children starving while actually seated at the Father's table." Meaning that Christians want a deeper relationship with the God, but they don't know where to get it and this is not taught in church. This book was written in 1948. I don't know what was available for help back then, but there are hundreds of resources we can go to in order to develop a more meaningful relationship with God. All one needs to do is pick up a fork and start eating. A few good places to start are Henry Blackaby's "Experiencing God" or Avery T. Willis' "MasterLife" or even anything by Beth Moore, also John Yates does an amazing job sharing the entire bible in a course called Faith Bible Institute. None of this was available back then, but we don't have any reason to sit at the Father's table and go hungry. Pick up a fork and dig in! At any rate, this was a very good, little book and is definitely worth the time to listen.

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  • Stephen Grocott
  • 11-07-21

A book you have to listen to multiple times

So deep. So rich. So provocative. This is a book you have to listen to multiple times and then to read and mull over. Outstanding and magnificent. The wooden narration doesn’t detract too much.

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  • Joji RL
  • 02-12-22

What a blessing!

I listened to the audiobook in one sitting and will definitely buy the ebook. This is one book that I will read over and over again. Very enriching in deepening my relationship with God.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-22

Our pursuit of God needs to be clarified

There's so much we assume we do well, but there's so much to do better!

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