The Pursuit of God
I’ll be honest. I had a very hard time concentrating while reading this book. I’m not really sure why. It was a struggle, but towards the end, I really started to be able to get the words that were on the pages. I don’t even think it’s a confusing writing style at all. I’ve mentioned before that my reading comprehension is awful . . . probably because I have a hard time concentrating. There’s circular reasoning for you.
My favorite part comes on page 90. Tozer makes an excellent point in his statement,
“Someone may fear that we are magnifying private religion out of all proportion, that the ‘us’ of the New Testament is being displaced by a selfish ‘I.’ Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become ‘unity’ conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship. Social religion is perfected when private religion is purified. The body becomes stronger as its members become healthier. The whole church of God gains when the members that compose it begin to seek a better and a higher life.”
Yes, please. Why do we preach unity among ourselves and come up with every possible way to accomplish that unity when it’s as simple as looking to Jesus? If my life is in line with God, and your life is in line with God, we’re unified for the same purpose. Granted, we’ll probably still have different standards, but the Christian life isn’t about me living in agreement with you. It’s about both of us living in agreement with God.
If you want any more, you’ll have to read the book yourself!
The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Love to Eat, Hate to Eat by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Attributes of God (vol. 1 and 2) by A.W. Tozer
When People are Big and God is Small by Edward Welch
When I Don’t Desire God (How to Fight for Joy) by John Piper
The Divine Conspiracy by Willard
Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (again)
Not Even a Hint by Joshua Harris (again)