A Passion For God: The Spiritual Journey of a W Tozer
'I fear we shall never see another Tozer. Men like him are not college-bred but Spirit-taught.' Leonard Ravenhill, 20th century British evangelist. Pastor A. W. Tozer, author of the Christian classics The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the...
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'I fear we shall never see another Tozer. Men like him are not college-bred but Spirit-taught.' Leonard Ravenhill, 20th century British evangelist. Pastor A. W. Tozer, author of the Christian classics The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy, was a complex, intensely private, deeply spiritual man, and a gifted preacher whose impact for the kingdom of God is immeasurable. In this thoughtful biography, bestselling author Lyle Dorsett traces Tozer's life from his humble beginnings as a Pennsylvania farm boy to his heyday as a Chicago pastor- when hundreds of college students would travel to his South Side church to hear him preach and thousands more heard his Sunday broadcasts on WMBI- to his final pastorate in Toronto. From his conversion as a teen to his death in 1963, Tozer remained true to one passion: to know the Father and make Him known, no matter what the cost. The price he paid was loneliness, censure from other, more secular-minded ministers of the times, and even a degree of estrangement from his family. Read the life story of a flawed but gifted saint, whose works are still impacting the world today.
^Billy Graham Chair of Evangelism at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. ^ He is the author of numerous books, among them biographies of Joy Davidman (Mrs. ^C.S. Lewis), E. M. Bounds, Dwight L. Moody, and Billy Sunday. Keenly interested ^in the life and writings of C. S. Lewis, he has published a volume of Lewis's Letters ^ to Children, The Essential C. S. Lewis, and Seeking the Secret Place: The ^Spiritual Formation of C.S. Lewis. His most recent book is A Passion for ^God: The Spiritual Journey of A.W. Tozer. His book on Military Chaplains of ^World War II will be published in 2011. He serves as Rector of Christ the King Anglican ^Church in Homewood, Alabama which he and his wife, Mary, planted in November 2007. ^The Dorsetts have two children and four grandchildren.
"I've Had a Lonely ^Life" ^15
"A Deep Strain ^of the Country"
Early Years in Rural Pennsylvania (1897-1912) 23
"I Heard His Voice--Ever So Faintly"
^Called to Surrender, Preach, and Marry (1912-1918) 41
"I Got My First Awful, Wonderful, Entrancing ^Vision of God"
Discovering God's Will (1918-1928) ^57
"It May Be a Good ^Thing I Never Went to Seminary"
The Chicago Years (1928-1941) ^83
"A Growing Hunger ^after God Himself"
Ministry of the Deeper Life (1941-1958) ^111
"I Do Not Believe ^There Is Any Color Line in the Kingdom
^Toronto and Beyond (1958-1963) ^145
"If My Fire Is ^Not Large It Is Yet Real"
A Note on Sources 175
Bibliography ^of A.W. Tozer's Works 177
Appendix ^1: "Restoring Dignity to Christian Worship" 179
Appendix ^2: "The Decline of Godly Leadership" 185
'I fear we shall never see another Tozer. Men like him are not college-bred ^but Spirit-taught.' Leonard Ravenhill, 20th century British evangelist. Pastor A. ^W. Tozer, author of the Christian classics The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge ^of the Holy, was a complex, intensely private, deeply spiritual man, and a gifted ^preacher whose impact for the kingdom of God is immeasurable. In this thoughtful ^biography, bestselling author Lyle Dorsett traces Tozer's life from his humble beginnings ^as a Pennsylvania farm boy to his heyday as a Chicago pastor- when hundreds of college ^students would travel to his South Side church to hear him preach and thousands ^more heard his Sunday broadcasts on WMBI- to his final pastorate in Toronto. From ^his conversion as a teen to his death in 1963, Tozer remained true to one passion: ^to know the Father and make Him known, no matter what the cost. The price he paid ^was loneliness, censure from other, more secular-minded ministers of the times, ^and even a degree of estrangement from his family. Read the life story of a flawed ^but gifted saint, whose works are still impacting the world today.
Pastor A.W. Tozer was a deeply spiritual man and a gifted preacher whose ^impact for the kingdom of God is immeasurable. From his conversion as a teen to ^his death in 1963, Tozer remained true to one passion: to know the Father and make ^Him known, no matter what the cost. Includes a CD of A. W. Tozer's sermon messages, ^along with an 8-page photo insert.
A.W. Tozer's impact for the kingdom of God is immeasurable. His sermons ^touched thousands through the years; his books-including The Pursuit of God and ^The Knowledge of the Holy-reached millions and continue to sell. Yet few really ^knew this quiet, intensely private, deeply spiritual man.
Esteemed biographer ^Lyle Dorsett digs deep into the childhood, spiritual conversion, family life, and ^ministry of Aiden Wilson Tozer, who began life as a Pennsylvania farm boy with limited ^religious upbringing.
Dorsett doesn't hide the realities of Tozer's marriage ^and career. Instead he reveals Tozer as a flawed man whose one goal, until his death ^in 1963, was to grow closer to God regardless of the cost.
Don't miss this ^detailed exploration of A.W. Tozer, whose life and work encourages, chastises, and ^energizes us today.
A. W. Tozer was one of the great spiritual giants of the past century, ^and he comes to life again in the pages of this masterful biography by Lyle Dorsett. ^Here we see how the jewels from Tozer's pen were refined in the crucible of his ^life. This is a book that will bring every Christian closer to Christ.
-Timothy ^George, Founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, Senior Editor ^of Christianity Today
Lyle Dorsett has done it again. I found ^myself absorbed with this realistic biography of A.W. Tozer, a man whose writings ^have blessed us all. In these pages we are invited to walk with a man who ^passionately pursued God, but at the same time had obvious faults, particularly ^in his relationship with his family. Tozer's life also introduces us to the various ^battles that the church was fighting in the forties and fifties, and how evangelicals ^responded to them. This book encourages us with the reminder that God uses imperfect ^but God-focused people to bless His church and strengthen the saints. Read this ^book and you'll find yourself recommending it to your friends.
-Dr. Erwin ^Lutzer, Pastor, Moody Church, Chicago
Lyle Dorsett has performed a great ^service in producing this fascinating new biography of A. W. Tozer, a simple, self-educated ^Midwesterner who began his working life in an Akron, Ohio, rubber factory. It tells ^the remarkable story of how this young man came in contact with the literature of ^Christian devotion, absorbed it deeply, and then, with a uniquely engaging style ^(half Jeremiah, half Mark Twain), passed along his discovered insights to countless ^soul-hungry Americans. Two of his many works, The Pursuit of God and ^The Knowledge of the Holy, remain classics today. A Passion for God will ^be an essential companion to all who wish to tap into a remarkable spiritual legacy.
-Glen ^G. Scorgie, PhD, Professor of Theology, Bethel Seminary San Diego, Author of A ^Little Guide to Christian Spirituality (2007)
Lyle Dorsett's biography ^of my grandfather, A.W. Tozer, is the complete source for anyone who would like ^to learn about and understand the person, heart, and passion of Dr. Tozer. For my ^first ten years of life I was able to know him as a grandfather. As time went by ^I began to learn of and understand his public life and his place among Christians. ^The more I knew the more I realized I had only pieces of the story. Dr. Dorsett ^has provided that and more in this wonderfully detailed look into Dr. Tozer's life ^and ministry.
-Paul Tozer, Grandson of A. W. Tozer
From Moses ^to Peter and Luther to Spurgeon, even the most gifted and accomplished servants ^of the Lord have had their blemishes (don't we all?), and we can learn from them. ^This book introduces us to some of the more private aspects of Dr. Tozer's life ^and ministry and, while it may disturb some, it should also encourage each of us ^to examine our own lives and aim for God's best.
-Warren W. Wiersbe, Author, ^Former pastor of Moody Church, Chicago
As with so many, A. W. Tozer's writings ^were a fiery landmark in my spiritual growth and my love for God. Lyle Dorsett's ^magnificent A Passion for God recalls and rekindles those fires. ^This is a fascinating and pleasurable and profitable read!
-R. Kent ^Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church in Wheaton
Lyle Dorsett ^captures the heart of the man whose life was totally focused on his pursuit of God. ^The opinions and feelings of his contemporaries, of those in his churches, or of ^even his own family, all took second place to his overwhelming passion to know Christ. ^Through this carefully researched and objectively written book, we have an intimate ^and unbiased look into the life of a man whose writings have resonated with God ^seekers around the world. A sidelight of the book is an inside look at the ^history of the Christian and Missionary Alliance through a man who catapulted the ^name of the Alliance around the world through his writings. In Dorsett's writings ^we see Tozer, first and foremost a man of prayer, a man oblivious to this world, ^a man with an earnest desire to seek and know God above all else.
-Janet ^Kuhns Howard, Missionary with Christian and Missionary Alliance in Indonesia ^and member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Board of Directors
For ^those who hunger to know the Lord in a deeper way, Lyle Dorsett's masterful account ^of A. W. Tozer's spiritual journey will encourage, inspire and challenge. ^This book is simply a must read for serious Christians.
-John Woodbridge, ^Research Professor of Church History, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Lyle W. Dorsett (Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia) is Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry at Wheaton College and is also Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism at Beeson Divinity School. He is the founding pastor of Church of the Great Shepherd in Wheaton, Illinois, where Lyle now volunteers as part of the ministry team. Lyle Dorsett has a keen interest in History,especially in the history of the care of souls, evangelism and revival. He is the author of eighteen books, among them several Christian biographies and three works on C. S. Lewis. His most recent book is A Love Observed: Joy Davidman's Life and Marriage to C.S. Lewis, Seeking the Secret Place: The Spiritual Formation of C. S. Lewis and A Passion for Souls: The Life of D.L. Moody.