A great practice for Lent is to dig deeper into the writings of those who feed you spiritually. To take off the shelves and dive into those writers who nourish your spirit and stretch your mind. The ones who leave you refreshed like you and God were reading the words together, side by side.
Some of the best books I have discovered are ones that influenced the very writers that influenced me. I love Richard Foster and his writings led me to Thomas Kelly, Dallas Willard, and Frank Laubach. Henri Nouwen introduced me to Meister Eckhart and Brother Lawrence.
Bethany House Publishers sent me a review copy of the new book compiled by James Stuart Bell titled, From the Library of A.W. Tozer – Selections from Writers who Influenced his Spiritual Journey. I was under no obligation to give it a positive review and am not compensated for my review. But I do enjoy and have read Tozer. Tozer is much studied, read, and quoted by contemporary writers now -makes you wonder, doesn’t it – who inspired him?
Tozer spent his life in pursuit of drawing closer to God and this book includes some of the writings that helped him with his search. Tozer was well known as a voracious reader. Writings in this book are from nearly 200 men and women such as St Augustine, Thomas A Kempis, Julian of Norwich, Martin Luther, and Dwight Moody.
If ever you wanted to explore a variety of Christian writers, this book would give you a quick introduction to them.
A strength about the book is its organization into chapters with themes like worship, prayer, living the Christian life and practicing the presence of God. I plan to use the book with my daily devotions, reading one writing each day so I can slowly digest the powerful words. This is NOT a quick read but invites the reader to ponder the many nuggets of truth within its pages. The book also could serve as a quick reference for teaching or background material.
A short biography is also included in the back of the book to learn more about the different writers.
I certainly am glad to make room on my bookshelf for this book.