Thursday, December 1, 2016

Review: Alive in the Spirit: Experiencing the Presence and Power of God by A.W. Tozer



Review: Alive in the Spirit: Experiencing the Presence and Power of God
A.W. Tozer
Bethany House Publishers
2016

James L. Snyder has compiled and edited several of Tozer’s sermons related to the Holy Spirit that have not been published in the past.  He had been given the rights to do so by the A.W. Tozer estate based on his prior work on Tozer. He chose this selection from more than four hundred audio recordings of the author’s work, a rather daunting task.
Alive in the Spirit: Experiencing the Presence and Power of God 
The arrangement chosen for this book allows the reader to progress through Tozer’s teachings about the Spirit and His function within the believing community.  Even though the material comes from the the mid 1900’s it is as relevant today as it was then.  Maybe because the author does not venture into areas that are not well supported by the Bible itself.  

He does point out the differences between man powered efforts and Spirit empowered efforts that still hold true today as far as the efforts of the church and the individuals within the church are concerned.  There is no promotion of any particular form of worship or ministry, but a gentle exposition of what he sees within the Bible.  And, yes, he does cover the gifts of the Spirit briefly.

I would recommend this book for those wanting a more balanced and thorough approach to the material that pertains to the Holy Spirit.  I had very few objections or hesitations about his teaching, and those were not, in my opinion, worth disregarding this work. The language is conversational making the presentation simple, but enlightening.  Snyder has included some points for reflection at the end of each chapter that could be used for a personal study.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.

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