A. W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God is not very long. It does not present some new doctrine that revolutionized the Church. Nor is its content very difficult to grasp at all. For these reasons the reader may be surprised to learn that this little book is generally considered one of the most influential Christian books written in the twentieth century.
The theme is simple: Tozer looked around in the 1940s, and he saw an Evangelical Christianity that was zealous for correct doctrine but almost entirely lacking in fervent love for God, the very heart of true religion. Yet he saw a few “sparks” here and there, people who were beginning to hunger for God Himself and not just facts about Him. He wrote this book to help them and to get others to realize the importance of pursuing God.
Unfortunately, the problem Tozer saw then has continued, and with all new dimensions added. The true revival that he sought has not yet occurred, and in its place churches have focused on everything from entertainment to politics, trying to fill the void left by the absence of God. Thus, Tozer’s book may be even more important today than it was when he wrote it. If your normal Christian “routine” has you frustrated, it may be time to pursue God Himself, and Tozer’s book may be of help to you.
Whether you are thirsting for more of God or do not yet know the "mighty longing after God" that so consumed A. W. Tozer's life and ministry, The Pursuit of God will draw you into a deep, abiding relationship with the One who "nourishes the soul." This spiritual masterpiece exposes the roadblocks that keep us from fully knowing God, reveals our responsibility of the pursuit, and ultimately leads us into the very presence of God Himself.
"Through all of Tozer's books and articles there shines a passion for God that puts our shallowness to shame, and reading him is like drinking at an oasis in the desert." -- J. I. Packer
"Few men of God have shaped the spiritual life of church leaders as A. W. Tozer has." --Jack Hayford, author and founding pastor of The Church on the Way and the Jack Hayford School of Pastoral Nurture.
"Tozer lived for and preached Jesus Christ. Contemporary Christians can benefit by discovering--or rediscovering--his writings." --Franklin Graham, President/CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.