Favourite A. W. Tozer Books

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Dec 10 2013 5:28 PM

I have had a fond appreciation for Tozer since I was a young man. I am deeply attracted to his passion to know God. Today I read one of his biographies that Vyrso carries - A Passion for God - https://vyrso.com/product/24439/a-passion-for-god-the-spiritual-journey-of-a-w-tozer and I highly recommend it. What was especially interesting is that it portrays Tozer not only as a passionate Christ-follower and preacher but also as a man who struggled with his relationship with his wife.

I have most of all the books that Tozer has written and many of them in Logos format. I would love to get this Tozer Upgrade Collection - https://www.logos.com/product/30912/a-w-tozer-upgrade-collection but the price is a bit steep for me at this time. Perhaps there will be a good sale some day.

I think that my three favourite Tozer books are:

  1. The Pursuit of God - https://www.logos.com/product/5001/the-pursuit-of-god
  2. The Christian Book of Mystical Verse - https://www.logos.com/product/5003/the-christian-book-of-mystical-verse
  3. Knowledge of the Holy - http://www.amazon.com/The-Knowledge-Holy-Attributes-Christian/dp/0060684127 I would really like to see Logos carry this book. It is published by Harper One. I'm guessing that this would be very unlikely but one can still hope. What do others think?

What are your favourite Tozer books?

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 10 2013 6:02 PM

Bruce Dunning:
I have most of all the books that Tozer has written and many of them in Logos format. I would love to get this Tozer Upgrade Collection - https://www.logos.com/product/30912/a-w-tozer-upgrade-collection but the price is a bit steep for me at this time. Perhaps there will be a good sale some day.

Wouldn't you know that, just after I made the above post Logos revealed the next item on their 12 Days of Christmas sale - https://www.logos.com/product/37944/and-he-dwelt-among-us-teachings-from-the-gospel-of-john

How's that for timing?

And best of all...it's free!

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Brian K. Benscoter | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 10 2013 7:01 PM
God's Pursuit of Man; The Root of Righteousness; and God Tells the Man Who Cares (also The Pursuit of God, but you mentioned that one already!)
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Mike W | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 11 2013 6:45 AM

Bruce Dunning:
Today I read one of his biographies that Vyrso carries - A Passion for God - https://vyrso.com/product/24439/a-passion-for-god-the-spiritual-journey-of-a-w-tozer and I highly recommend it. What was especially interesting is that it portrays Tozer not only as a passionate Christ-follower and preacher but also as a man who struggled with his relationship with his wife.

Thanks for the great suggestion.  Tozer is one of my favorite authors (and this biography is actually cheaper here than on amazon Stick out tongue ). It seems Logos is still missing Tozer's The Knowledge of the Holy.

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 11 2013 5:25 PM

Mike W:
It seems Logos is still missing Tozer's The Knowledge of the Holy.

I hope that is rectified in the near future!

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Michael Lee | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 11 2013 6:06 PM

I have only read Knowledge of the Holy, and the Pursuit of God and loved them both. 
have purchased a few more but havent gotten around to reading them. My pastor gave me a small bio and 10 sermons he preached as a book, and enjoyed that. 
I just downloaded the free one as well!

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 12 2013 5:34 PM

I thought a few more people would weigh in on this. Any takers?

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Pam Larson | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 12 2013 5:45 PM

I love Tozer and read him every morning. Apart from the works you listed, two other favorites are Man: The Dwelling Place of God, and The Radical Cross.

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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 9 2019 5:59 AM

Anyone know if Knowledge of the Holy was ever in Logos?  I can't find it in there or FLEB which I find odd... this seems like a book that should be there :)

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 9 2019 11:16 AM

Mattillo:
Anyone know if Knowledge of the Holy was ever in Logos?

I don't think Logos has ever offered this resource, but then I only go back to 1999 in Logos—go back much further in presence on this planet Stick out tongue

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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 9 2019 11:56 AM

This seems nutty to me... I don't know a lot about Tozer but when I hear his name it is usually in reference to this book

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 9 2019 4:51 PM

Mattillo:

This seems nutty to me... I don't know a lot about Tozer but when I hear his name it is usually in reference to this book

It is disappointing but sometimes the publisher restrictions make it difficult if not impossible. Perhaps someday it will be in Logos.

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DIsciple II | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 9 2019 8:43 PM

The audio version is in Logos but not the book.  Agree it would be good to have the book in Logos.

https://www.logos.com/product/43700/the-knowledge-of-the-holy 

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Al Het | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 10 2019 3:36 PM

Bruce Dunning:
It is disappointing but sometimes the publisher restrictions make it difficult if not impossible. Perhaps someday it will be in Logos.

I don't think that would be the issue any more.  Tozer's been gone for a long time, and I think several publishers are printing his main works now.  His stuff may well be public domain by now, though I'm not sure about that.  Anyway, I would assume that FaithLife is just busy with other things.

I didn't see your original post of this thread back in 2013.  To answer your now very old question, the three books you originally mentioned are among my favorites of all time.

Several years ago, I read and was moved by "The Dangers Of A Shallow Faith," and "The Warfare Of The Spirit."  His book on Hebrews ("Experiencing The Presence Of God") is on my short list.

However, perhaps his most significant book to me in the last decade or so was actually, "Whatever Happened To Worship."  I've read it several times, and quote from it often.  A must read for pastors, in my opinion.

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 10 2019 4:54 PM

Al Het:

Bruce Dunning:
It is disappointing but sometimes the publisher restrictions make it difficult if not impossible. Perhaps someday it will be in Logos.

I don't think that would be the issue any more.  Tozer's been gone for a long time, and I think several publishers are printing his main works now.  His stuff may well be public domain by now, though I'm not sure about that.  Anyway, I would assume that FaithLife is just busy with other things.

I'm not sure that is the case but perhaps we will never know.

Al Het:
However, perhaps his most significant book to me in the last decade or so was actually, "Whatever Happened To Worship."  I've read it several times, and quote from it often.  A must read for pastors, in my opinion.

I agree that this volume was ahead of its time and very applicable for today. Thanks for contributing to my original question.

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 11 2019 10:24 AM

Al Het:

Bruce Dunning:
It is disappointing but sometimes the publisher restrictions make it difficult if not impossible. Perhaps someday it will be in Logos.

I don't think that would be the issue any more.  Tozer's been gone for a long time, and I think several publishers are printing his main works now.  His stuff may well be public domain by now, though I'm not sure about that.

This is not so easy. Tozer died in 1963, which is not really long ago in copyright terms - most jurisdictions apply a 70 years after end of authors's death year. If this rule applied, Tozer's books would remain copyrighted for another 15 years. In the US, it might be that the books were registered for copyright and not renewed, so they might have fallen into public domain - but if the copyright was renewed, or the book published outside the US, possibly the copyright is in place. 

I think that FL checked those rights - it would be weird if they produce nearly all of Tozer's works but with "The Knowledge of the Holy" leave out the one that is really his most famous work. Such a thing happens only when there are obstacles (like an unwilling copyright holder) that FL can't overcome. This one book is available as PDF and as webpages on the internet, so it's easy to build a PB (if it's PD or you can claim Fair Use). 

The books you mentioned in your post are all available from Logos.com

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Al Het | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 11 2019 1:58 PM

Interesting.  I assumed that copyright had expired, since there are so many copies of Tozer's works published by different people.

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 11 2019 2:31 PM

I like ebooks but need the actual book to follow along or else I get distracted.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 11 2019 4:17 PM

DAL:
I like ebooks but need the actual book to follow along or else I get distracted.

Did you mean "I like audiobooks but need..."? 

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DIsciple II | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 11 2019 4:48 PM

NB.Mick:

I think that FL checked those rights - it would be weird if they produce nearly all of Tozer's works but with "The Knowledge of the Holy" leave out the one that is really his most famous work. Such a thing happens only when there are obstacles (like an unwilling copyright holder) that FL can't overcome. This one book is available as PDF and as webpages on the internet, so it's easy to build a PB (if it's PD or you can claim Fair Use). 

The books you mentioned in your post are all available from Logos.com

So I individuals can claim fair of the text of the resource that has been placed on the internet despite the copyright over the text, the same copyright that is assumed prevents FL from being able to acquire rights to publish it? Something is amiss.

(Newbie Mick this is a rhetorical question and not a criticism of your response to the issue.)

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