Friday, June 10, 2011

Tozer, Where Have You Been All My Life?

Today I just finished a classic, The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer.  HOW have I gone this long without reading this awesome book?  I must be insane.  Or, busy.  Or, both.

If you've read it, then you probably agree, and if you haven't you're probably wondering what could be so wonderful?  There's a reason why things are called "classics," right?  Because no matter what time, or season, or country or century you're in, it can speak to you.  This book spoke to me in a major way.

It spoke to me because I am tired of religious babble.  I'm tired of just "making it" every day.  I'm tired of being distracted when I pray.  I'm tired of the constant to-do list of how to be the best Christian I can be running through my head all day.  Do I listen to my kid ramble on again, or do I do the dishes like a good wife?  Do I share with my neighbor through a tract or buy them dinner instead?  Do I teach boldly or just pray humbly for the Spirit to awaken some one's heart on it's own?

And, how can an awesome, mysterious, all-powerful and lovely God suddenly become so boring to me if I am faced with the choice of watching a movie or pressing into His heart through intercession instead?  What makes a "holy" moment "holy?"  Can't life just get a little simpler again like when I was first set free from the shackles of myself? UGH!  I surely am a wretched and hopeless little individual when left out on my own.

After reading this book, I am finding that it is easier to get myself out of the way again and just enjoy Him again.

Oh yeah, and I read it (click for the link) on my new Kindle!  (shifting gears a bit...the following is not an advertisement, but just one of the coolest things I have stumbled upon lately!)...with that said...

A few months ago, we had the opportunity to purchase a Kindle from a conference we were at in Bali, Indonesia.  (Mark, THANK YOU!)  They fronted half the cost, so we gladly paid the rest and deemed it my early birthday present.  :)

Well, if you don't have a Kindle, you don't know that they have all of these classic books for FREE download!  Legal!  Free!  In your hands!  The only thing closer is borrowing them from friends or from the library.  Since we live in Thailand, these two options are almost obsolete.  So, we're left to either pay an obscene amount for books to be shipped here, or I can use my Kindle.  No overdue fees.  Great books.  I'm a sucker for free stuff.

I downloaded The Pursuit of God for free, Treasure Island for free, Jane Austen books for free...awesome!  Anyway, obviously, all of Kindle's books are not free.  But, the ones published before 1923, or titles that are out-of-print, or are selected classics are actually free of charge.  Click here for the link to the listed titles. 

Don't have a Kindle?  Download the Kindle application from the amazon website and use your computer (or IPhone, or Blackberry, etc.) like a pseudo e-book reader. 

There are now no more excuses to NOT be awesomely-frugal.  

And, well read.


  1. I may need some mentoring on how to get some of these free books. Where did you find the Tozer? Way to inspire us!

  2. Mark - I just did a search on my own and found it difficult to re-find that title as well! But, I searched in my order history and found the link to the version of The Pursuit of God that I downloaded for free. Here it is:

    Also: When you get to the last page, there's a "suggested reading" list to (I think) about 5 other classic works (Moody, etc.) on Kindle for free. So awesome.


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