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Gearing Up for Pursuit (Winner Announced)

Ready for a winner? I know I am. Drumroll please… Picked via Rafflecopter and random.org, the winner is…

Thomas Mason!

Come back next week for the beginning of our discussions of the Pursuit of God (disclosure). For those joining us, we’re going to start with Chapter 1 and the link widget will be over at Sarah’s to start us off. If you haven’t decided whether you will join us or not, I hope you’ll pray about being a part. I truly believe this could be a life-changing book and moment for all of us. Keep reading for some of my thoughts on beginning this book.


Why I’m excited about this book

It’s been quite a while since I’ve read this book. I will be completely honest and tell you I read it in college for a course where I had little time and ‘read it just to say I had read it.’

I may not remember much of the text, but I definitely remember the heart of the author and his passionate pursuit of God. Since my college days, I’ve read Tozer’s the Knowledge of the Holy and I still go back and read it from time to time because it impacted me so greatly.

Why did I want to revisit this one? Because I am hungrier for Him than I have ever been before in my life. I want His freedom, life, goodness, and wholeness to take hold of me in a deeper way. I’m ready to step more fully into the greater things He wants to say and do.

That’s the amazing thing about our life in the Kingdom: the more we get of Him, the hungrier and more desperate we become. I am happily counted with these that Tozer’s describes in his preface:

They are eager for spiritual realities and will not be put off with words, nor will they be content with correct “interpretations” of truth.

This was written just a few short years after World War II where he saw the stirrings of a revival as people were seeking God. I believe we are in such a time once again where the mental assents to theological concepts of God’s incredible promises are giving way to a cry for the experience of His love and overflowing blessings.

Wrestling and Being Uncomfortable

Another reason I’m happy we’re taking on this book, Mr. Tozer is not afraid to ruffle feathers and shake up our dusty thinking. Later on he makes a bold statement:

The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.

To some this would sound downright controversial, but the heart of what I believe he is saying is that we’re invited to a pursuit after Him, not studying a manual. The Bible is supposed to lead us somewhere, supposed to lead us to Him and experiencing His presence. We aren’t trying to get His approval by reading Scripture, we are having a conversation and sharing our lives.

I am hoping that we will have some great discussions over these next weeks. If our last books are any indication, I know we will. Those participating: Remember that we are doing two weeks on each chapter so go ahead and dive in deep.

What book (besides the Bible) have you read more than once or do you revisit from time to time? What do you think draws you back?

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8 Comments

  1. Point Man by Steve Farrar is one I return to often. When I was a young father that book was so impacting and influential on my daddy skills.

    Congrats to Tom!
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    • Sounds like a good one. If it influenced you, I may need to check it out! Thanks Jay.

  2. Other than a book I will revisit to use for sermon prep I have revisited a fiction book called Wisdom Hunter. It is a reminder to me about the dangers of legalism with some very wise “journal entries” included. I also have revisited Wild at Heart several times.
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    • I remember you talking about Wisdom Hunter before. My son loves fiction--I wonder if I should get it for him? We’ll see. Thanks so much, Bill!

  3. I won! I won! I really can’t believe it! Thanks!

    I find myself going back to “A Praying Life” by Paul Miller often. It provides motivation for praying when I feel that area of my life lacking.

    I’m looking forward to participating in this book discussion.
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    • I’m excited for you, Thomas! Congratulations! I’ve never read the book you mentioned, I’ll have to check it out. Thanks.

  4. I can’t say I’ve reread too many books. Some old classics like Steinbeck, but that’s just about it. Other than the Bible, the only other book I go to over and over is my old Strong’s Concordance…

    I’m going to go out and get that book before the weekend is up.

    • Awesome, Floyd. I know you’ll have a lot to add to the discussions (as you do every day). Thank you, friend.