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Release data : 29 September, 1988
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The high, clear call of the Spirit in a deadly quiet world.
"I believe we are under positive spiritual obligation to pray effectively till the present veil is torn away and the face of God is seen again by believing men," Tozer writes.
There is an irony that A.W. Tozer is more prolific and widely-read today than when he was alive. How I wish I could sit at his elbow and ask him about today's events, the future of the church, the coming King...In some ways, he answers those questions in "Keys to the Deeper Life."
Smith Wigglesworth once referred to the gifts of salvation, baptism of the Holy Spirit, and the deeper life as "Good, better, best." I think Tozer would agree.
Never afraid to speak truth, the first chapter sets the tone for the enitre book: "Leaning into the wind". Just like him. Eschewing the hypocritical, the false glory found in man's praise, and the shallow life, Tozer puts the trumpet to his lips to issue a clear call of the Spirit, to engage God at a deeper level. He urges believers to "1.)surrender, 2.)ask, 3.) obey, and 4.)believe in order to recieve the fullness of God, the Holy Spirit.
In the chapter, "Touching Heaven in Prayer", Tozer writes:
"What then shall we do?
We must deny self, take up the cross and count ourselves expendable.
We must cease to exercise the world's judgements and try to think God's thoughts after Him.
We must rekon ourselves dead to gain and glory and allow ourselves to become inextricably invloved with the cross of Christ and the high honor of God."
Putting God first and ourselves dead last.
What a concept.
Sounds like Christ.
Tozer: A Man of God
Although A. W. Tozer died during the 1960's, his books are as powerful as ever. He is the man of the hour. In this particular book he gave several major keys to the deeper life, and described what it really means to be spiritually dead. This book is worth reading!
The pen of a mystic
A.W Tozer has always written in a rare style. I have read his Pursuit of Man & Pursuit of God; both were enlightening materials. Keys To The Deeper Life, however, is the sounding of the voice of a prophet. It is indeed an apocalypse of spiritual truths. A.W Tozer looked deeply into the problem facing the church and delivered an oratory on the root-cause. He exposed many blemishes the Church institution of the day would rather not discuss. This book is reminiscent of the Lord's "Sermon on the Mount" - in tone, very direct; and in purpose, transparently corrective. A.W Tozer challenged the action and motivation of evangelicals. In every paragraph, A.W Tozer served a bi-nutritional diet of flame and water. With his characteristic earnestness he exposed the hypocrisy of contemporary Christianity with an unspoken plea for reform, yet understanding that "reform" is not a natural tendency of established religion, he showed the futility of going about Church as it then (and currently) exists.
If the book reads like the Bible, it is because the writer was merely expressing the spirit of the bible writers in a modern tongue. He saw something the average Christian is incapable of discerning; something effectively tearing down the fabric of the church, yet deceptive enough to be imperceptible. He then went about diagnosing, and prescribing remedies with the style and language of the true luminary that he has proven to be.
Keys to the Deeper Life does not come across as the average Sunday afternoon read. The very title of the book suggests it is tailored to the taste of keen bibliophiles, or folks who desperately seek for deep spiritual truths, and are patient enough to surf through deliberately enhanced prose in order to embrace a revelation.
As a writer of Christian literature, Tozer already ranks amongst the very best. This book however elevates him from the rank of writers to that of prophets. The inspiration that birth Keys to the Deeper Life transcends a literal muse. As one would expected of a prophet, the message stood clear even in the face of his dazzling artistry.
Those that are meant to find this book will. When they read it, it will leave a lasting impression on them. I hope you do.