In addition to reading new authors, I have a short list of authors who earn a spot in my reading every year. A.W. Tozer is one of those authors. Tozer can communicate more truth in less words than just about any author I’ve ever read. I’ve always appreciated this about him, and this book didn’t disappoint. Just four short chapters, this 64 page book contains transcribed messages Tozer taught, as opposed to a book he sat down to write, something he makes note of in the introduction. In terms of style, it did read differently to me than some of his more developed writing, but that isn’t a bad thing.
While going over the basics of what the Holy Spirit is (a person) and who the Holy Spirit is (not just divine, but divine God), Tozer’s intention is to put an emphasis on what we know but do little with-“Many of us have grown up on the theology that accepts the Holy Spirit as a person, and even as a divine Person, but for some reason it never did us any good.” Empty, joyless lives that lack peace mark Christians whose lives should be altogether different according to the author.
In addition to the basic theology, Tozer is really issuing a challenge to us-as born again Christians, can we be filled with the Spirit, and do we want to be? It is a call to examine if what we say we believe is really how we live.
I love the way he starts to wrap up the final chapter, “The kinds of teaching that I have been giving has disturbed some people. I’m not going to apologize for that…That is the preliminary twinge that comes to the soul that wants to know God. So don’t be disturbed by the disturbance. “What follows is six practical ways to be filled, and walk in what Tozer calls the “part and parcel of the total plan of God for His people.” Classic Tozer, and as always, a worthy read.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review, and the opinions are my own.