Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Another Book Review: From the Library of A.W. Tozer

I was really excited when this book became available to review. Between M and I, we are always looking for more interesting sermons and articles to read, and have found we prefer older stuff to newer. This book has selections all the way back from 354 AD.

This book is really a collection of excerpts from different writers and theologists from 354 to 1945 AD.  The pieces are taken from longer essays or books, and while given a heading, really are just a snippit.

It still is/was helpful to me, since I could read a small portion of an author and decide if I want to find the complete work to read. I can get a sampling of the different authors that way.

The print is nice and easy to read. The selections are kept short, maybe between 1 and 3 pages. The introduction is helpful and informative about the man A.W. Tozer himself.

It's a nice book to have on hand for a quick take on stimulating sermons etc. It can be a quick read....just reading quickly through the whole book at once, front to back. Personally, I think it's best used in short, where you read one or two essays on a subject, and then just think about them or study them out more.

The book is divided into topics, where it has a collection of essays on, say, Worship or Prayer. This makes it easy for topical study/discussion.

If I were to compare this book to a meal (silly perhaps), but it wouldn't be the Main Dish (heavy and filling) and it wouldn't be the dessert (light and sweet), but more like a side of mashed potatoes (A nice compliment to a meat, somewhat filling but you'd be hungry if that's all you ate).

I'm sure if you'd like to check it out, the library might have it, but CBD.com does for sure.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers as part of their blogger book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."*

1 comment:

Mrs. Mike said...

I enjoy the older stuff, too.

On Tozer in particular: Much of his common, humble genius (rather than intellect) and reverance for our Creator has helped to shape my understanding of God's Majesty ("Knowledge of the Holy", for one).


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