Book Review of Experiencing the Presence of God by A.W. Tozer
Tozer’s writings always point me to Christ, to the Word of God. This particular book makes many references to the letter to the Hebrews, which so eloquently pointed the readers to Christ lest they take some other direction.
Most helpful to me was the clarity with which Tozer points out what keeps me separated from the presence of God and the opposing practice that joins me to God. These are but a few:
• Following my own pattern and plan versus “see(ing) that your footsteps walk in God’s path.” There is no room for improvising in my walk with God. p.106
• A purpose other than having “the laws of God inscribed in his heart at the motivational center of his life.” p.117
• Believing that the purpose of redemption is for anything less than “bring(ing) us into a right relationship to God in order that he might bring us into a conscious relationship with Himself.” p.123
• Assuming like Cain that he was okay with God, rather than understanding like Abel that He needed God. p.127
• Thinking that my distance from God is of His doing and rather than seeing and repenting of my sins of self-pity, self-justification, self-righteousness, self-centeredness, self-confidence, etc. Tozer refers to this condition as a veil of self that separates us from God. p. 143-4
• Focusing on my feelings rather than the will of God, my viewpoint rather than God’s Word. p.198
This is a book for growing closer to God by seeing what separates us, asking for God’s help in removing the separation, and using the strength He provides to do the work.
Book Review of The Dangers of a Shallow Faith
by A.W. Tozer
Every book I read by this author leads me closer to God. Each premise is backed up by the Word of God, the Bible. As the title would indicate, this book is filled with cautions for recognizing shallowness in our walk with God.
These are my favorite takeaways.
• On serving God:
“…if we do not look out, we will be using God to get peace of mind, to get business, to get rich, and never serve God at all. If God never answered another prayer for me as long as I live, I still want God to know that I want to serve Him until I die.” p. 58
• Considering our individual responsibility before God:
“What happens to your soul cannot be blamed on heredity or on environment.” “…think on your ways, consider your ways.” p. 173
• Preparing for the ongoing battle with the enemy of our soul:
“Temptation cannot hurt you if you have anticipated it by prayer; but temptation will certainly trip you if you have not.” p. 198 “…the Lord gave us the example of anticipatory prayer – getting ready for any event by seeking the face of God in watchful payer at regular times.” p. 202
• Living free from religious expectations (additives):
“When I put these aside and refuse to be affected or influenced by them, I then give way for God to work through me according to His agenda and His purpose.” p. 211
This is a book well worth reading and saving for future reference to keep oneself in tune with God’s purpose for the life He has given us.
Book Review of Grace Filled Marriage
by Dr. Tim Kimmel with Darcy Kimmel
When I first saw the title Grace Filled Marriage, it was in my inbox, an email offering video sessions on the topic of grace in marriage. I watched the first session and was hooked.
After watching the video sessions, I had to order the book.
The Kimmels’ definition of grace is “desiring the best for your spouse, even when they may not deserve it.” Hmmm, sounds a lot like how God so graciously treats us.
Three lenses through which we often view others, including our spouses, were described and cautioned against: the me lens, the love if lens and the pious lens. And how we can replace those views with one of grace.
It’s a heart changing book, based on the love God has for us, aimed at learning to extend that love to one another.
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