I have yet to read from Aiden Wilson Tozer himself, but I have heard his book: The Pursuit of God. (which is a book I ought to read and add to my library soon.) I found this book by James Stuart Bell was very interesting, because this isn’t a book which examines Aiden Wilson Tozer in a biographical sense. From the Library of A.W. Tozer is a book which simply focuses on a selection of pages from books within A.W. Tozer’s personal library. None of the pages within this tomb regard any of Tozer’s own writings, but rather some of his influences of the past.
James Stuart Bell’s book From the Library of A.W. Tozer, is a 411 page compilation of writings from various writers and figures throughout Christian and Catholic history. Some of these literary figures include Francis of Assisi, Nicholas of Cusa, D.L Moody, John Bunyan, Charles Spurgeon, John Calvin, Martin Luther, William Booth, Augustine of Hippo, Jonathan Edwards and Teresa of Avila, etc. In fact, each writing from those various historical figures are arranged in the following eight topic chapters:
- Exhortations and Prophetic Words
- The Holy Spirit
- Jesus Christ
- The Presence of God
- Christian Doctrine
- Living the Christian Life
Truthfully in a good and bad way, the only thing Mr. James Bell can rightfully say he wrote in this book is the introduction. The good about that is it gives readers like me an appreciation and curiosity for those writers. Yet it is bad if you’re someone who doesn’t have a strong craving for reading deep and poetic, theological discussion. Not to mention, a reader who is new to Aiden Tozer won’t be able to tell if those particular pages complied were accurate representations of his favorites since he may have had other pages in mind while still living… Nevertheless, although I can’t say I agree completely with all of the writings supplied, it is a really good book for someone who has an appreciation for deep and poetic, theological discussion.
Book Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
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