BOOK REVIEW: "Salvation is from our side a choice, from the divine side a conquest of the Most High God." With words like these, Tozer shakes the soul. He crumbles the lies we believe and calls us to the more sure way.
In these pages, Tozer explains what is meant to be truly saved. It is not merely to assent to Jesus and go on our same old way, but to be conquered by the Almighty God and invaded by His Spirit. A saved person is a transformed person. Let Tozer upend you in this moving prequel to THE PURSUIT OF GOD. And being upended, may you be found standing upright in an upside-down world.
MY REVIEW: I have yet to read a book of Tozer's that I do not like. I do tend to read them rather fast, thus missing some of the deeper context, but I still enjoy his books. This is definitely one of such.
There were many striking points made, a few of which are:
--There is no quick and easy way to know God. You can't simply say, "I want to know God, now I do, on with life". As Tozer says, "The man who would know God must give time to Him". This is often hard to do. We in our rushed world today want to know God now without having to put effort into it.
--Another thought is "The experiences of men who walked with God in olden times agree to teach that the Lord cannot fully bless a man until He has first conquered him." You must give your all to God before He can bless your all.
--Have you ever thought that if only you had lived in the time of Abraham or the Apostles or even when Jesus was on earth, you could be a better Christian? I know I have thought it would be easier. But then I read, "We need to seek deliverance from our vain and weakening wish to go back and recover the past. We should seek to be cleansed from the childish notion that to have lived in Abram's day, or in Paul's, would have been better than to live today. With God, Abram's day and this day are the same. By one single impulse of life He created all days and all times, so that the life of the first day and the life of the remotest future day are united in Him....We who experience God in this day may rejoice that we have in Him all that Abraham or David or Paul could have;" And I have to agree. Sure, it would be nice to live in the Apostle's era and share in their God-inspired ministry, but we can have that today, indeed, we DO have that today. We simply have to realize it and act on such.
--One last thought. "To will the will of God is to do more than give unprotesting consent to it; it is rather to choose God's will with positive determination. As the work of God advances, the Christian finds himself free to choose whatever he will, and he gladly chooses the will of God as his highest conceivable good. Such a man has found life's highest goal." However long it may take to will God's will, I am convinced it is well worth it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from MOODY PUBLISHERS in exchange for my honest review.