Saturday, June 3, 2023

Book Review: Authentic Worship by A. W. Tozer

 



A.W. Tozer (1897-1963) wrote numerous books during his lifetime. He was a self-taught theologian and pastor.(1) This particular work has been edited by James L Snyder.


While Mr. Tozer wrote during the 20th Century, his thoughts speak of concerns of present-day evangelical Christians.


The book has rather short chapters, each beginning with a verse or a passage of scripture. At the end of each chapter, the words to a Christian hymn follows.


The author and the editor have broken down the act of worship into various morsels that we need to consider as we evaluate our worship experience.


I enjoy reading Tozer’s writings. I especially liked this book because, in it Mr. Tozer gave me a few things to think on as I prepare to worship. One point Mr. Tozer made that stood out to me is that we have to experience God before we can know Him. I enjoyed the hymns chosen for the end of each chapter. Most of them were familiar to me and I knew their tunes.


I would recommend this book to anyone who feels the lack of “something” in their worship of God.

This book would make a good group study book.


I received this book free from Bethany House, division of Baker Publishing Group.

All they asked of me was that I give a truthful, honest review.


(1) From the bio in the book.

4 comments:

  1. Wonderful review! I haven't read this book, but I am familiar with the editor. We met Rev. Snyder many years ago when he was a new pastor in our area...I believe my husband participated in his installation to his church. He was a "follower" of Tozer then as well, and even resembles him! Very interesting man. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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    1. Pam: I believe Tozer's writings are timeless. A lot of what he says seems to me to apply to our world today. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

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  2. The book you reviewed sounds wonderful and helpful.

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    1. Terra: I find what he wrote back then applicable to what we see in today's world. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

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