My fourth reading of this classic proves once again that it never fails to challenge, to encourage, and to satisfy. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. AW Tozer’s genuine passion for God and to see others encounter and draw near to God is unmistakable. He is relentless with his courageous call for a life lived in opposition to nominal Christianity.
Casual, or common, Christianity is not a legitimate option in Tozer’s view of things. The book is basically the author’s attempt to walk through the disciplines, or methods of pursuit. He makes a case for each aspect of intentionally growing in knowledge and love for God through exploring the essence of each practice, not so much in mechanics but in spirit. He leaves room for the reader to “fit” each method to his/her own unique personality, but he is intractable with regard to the importance and meaning of each of them.
I will continue to re-visit this every couple of years. This work, along with few other selections, becomes a diagnostic tool for my heart. It is a barometer of my dedication to being a disciple and pursuer of Christ.