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Release data : 01 June, 1980
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Prophetical. Profound. Insightful. Powerful.
GEMS FROM TOZER is what the title suggests: a collection of gems from a man of God who was equal parts insightful, honest, and bold; all of it inspired. This collection is drawn from several of his better-known works and presents them to form a readable, relevant whole. These "gems" are crisp, authoritative, provocative pieces to challenge every believer.
The most startling feature of these writings is their relevance and insight into the state of the world and the church. Page after page leaves the leader astonished that he wrote during the 1940's and 50's. They shout the headlines of today and serve as a prophetical warning to the body of Christ. They are also encouraging, insightful and powerful to the believer. Here are some examples:
"Every man is as full of the Spirit as he wants to be."
"Our prayers are only as powerful as our lives."
"In the church of God two opposite dangers are to be recognized and avoided; they are a
cold heart and hot head."
"In ourselves nothing; in God, everything."
Tozer's landmark book was THE PURSUIT OF GOD, from which many gems have been unearthed. It is, in my opinion, a volume second only to the Bible in relevance, truth, and insight. GEMS will delight, increase faith, challenge, and encourage the reader.
Tozer's writing rearranged ... but words are so important
If you've read Tozer books, this interesting sub categorization approach by subject among books is, a great revisit of Tozer's studied theology. The editing and sequencing is however quite flawed in a divisive way.
Tozer's books systematically reveal his redemption logic for `reasoning, then faith and conversion' vice what he observed as an Evangelical-based logic of `conversion, then reasoning, then faith'. This difference between Tozer and his Evangelical contemporaries seems more a footnote in the higher plane of Tozer books.
In this short highlights text, there is revealed a very aggressive anti-"Evangelical" Tozer not so readily apparent in his books, or adequately defined in this edited text. Is it a time and place issue so recent that even our puny memories can't recall a seemingly enormous theological fault line that Tozer battles with Evangelicals? That the evangelical's of the 40's and 50's that this edited Tozer lambasts in bringing to faith were encouraging conversion first rather than through Pauline-like reasoning seems mote in relationship to the overall Tozer intellectual strength. This edited text risks reopening old wounds, or worse, alienating around the term "Evangelicals". For those interested in reading these reviews, there seems to be too few of us to risk alienating over so narrow a point as amplified in this editing.
Thirsty For More!
This book is an excellent little collection of excerpts from some of A. W. Tozers finest books. I am both amazed and brokenhearted at the fact that these were written about 50 years ago, and the problems he deals with have only gotten worse. The importance of the topics and thier relevance to todays Christians make this a must read. The Holy Spirit moved to convict me through this book, and now I am wanting to study the whole of these works. Be prepared.