Tuesday, May 06, 2008

A Passion for God: The Spiritual Journey of A. W. Tozer

I was wondering recently if a biography had ever been written on A. W. Tozer--and just this morning (via Tim Harrelson) I see that Moody Publishers has now published Lyle Dorsett's new book, A Passion for God: The Spiritual Journey of A. W. Tozer.

Here's a description of it:
Pastor A.W. Tozer, author of the Christian classics The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy, was a complex, intensely private, deeply spiritual man, and a gifted preacher whose impact for the kingdom of God is immeasurable. In this thoughtful biography, bestselling author Lyle Dorsett traces Tozer's life from his humble beginnings as a Pennsylvania farm boy to his heyday as a Chicago pastor–when hundreds of college students would travel to his South Side church to hear him preach and thousands more heard his Sunday broadcasts on WMBI–to his final pastorate in Toronto. From his conversion as a teen to his death in 1963, Tozer remained true to one passion: to know the Father and make Him known, no matter what the cost. The price he paid was loneliness, censure from other, more secular-minded ministers of the times, and even a degree of estrangement from his family. Read the life story of a flawed but gifted saint, whose works are still impacting the world today.
Timothy George writes:
A. W. Tozer was one of the great spiritual giants of the past century, and he comes to life again in the pages of this masterful biography by Lyle Dorsett. Here we see how the jewels from Tozer's pen were refined in the crucible of his life. This is a book that will bring every Christian closer to Christ."
If you want a couple of free downloads of Tozer preaching, you can do so here.