The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

The Pursuit of God

“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 g...

Details The Pursuit of God

TitleThe Pursuit of God
Release DateDec 1st, 1982
PublisherChristian Publications
GenreChristian, Religion, Theology, Nonfiction, Christianity, Christian Living, Faith, Spirituality, Classics, Christian Non Fiction

Reviews The Pursuit of God

  • Mike
    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 ...
  • Kurt Nelson
    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
    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 bo...
  • Angela Wallace
    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
    I read this many moons ago, and just now listened to it again. Very edifying book, with some brilliant sections.
  • Sarah
    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 ...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    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 th...
  • Cynthia Vogel
    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 t...
  • Ij
    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.
  • Kristian Kilgore
    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 bo...
  • Chrissy
    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 ventur...
  • Jeanie
    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...
  • Drew Dixon
    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...
  • Rick Dugan
    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...
  • Bookish Ally
    I would recommend this to any Christian. In fact, once I finished, I ran down to Barnes & Noble and bought 2 extra copies for friends. I took my time to read it (4.5 months). Read it, shared excerpts with others, meditated on it. This explores the importance of passion in seeking God by a man who lived with passion for God. It is so easy to get distracted by a noisy and demanding world and this book is spiritual succour
  • Adam
    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 rea...
  • Brian Ming
    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
    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 ...
  • Bob
    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 ...
  • John Kirkwood
    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.
  • Kelly
    This book addressed specific areas in which Christians can pursue God with one’s whole heart, mind, soul, and strength and gave me quite a few things to think on and strive to change in my own thoughts or attitudes. The chapters are short and the book makes for a great two-week daily devotional book. I don’t always agree with Tozer’s theology, but I do always enjoy reading him - He has the imaginative qualities of C.S. Lewis that I like exc...
  • Jimmy Reagan
    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 e...
  • Mary
    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. "...
  • Mike Duncan
    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...
  • Ashley (5171MilesBooks)
    "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 ...
  • Lori
    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 wo...
  • Stan
    This is probably Tozer's best known work. And, it is a classic! He wrote this in 1948, but most of it could have been written yesterday. Timely teaching on living the Christian life. If you've never read it, you need to read it now!I just finished reading this for the third time. So much of it still resonates with me. He is so practical on so many levels. I just realized reading it this time, how much of what he was think in 1948 fits into my thi...
  • James
    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
    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
    I have so many highlights, it's hard to sit down and pick the best. Excellent book!