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A.W. Tozer was a dynamic preacher, prolific writer, and a no-nonsense man of God. Throughout his preaching career he gave practical, instructive, exhorting and invigorating lessons to and for his listeners. The A.W. Tozer Collection gives you the opportunity to meet this remarkable man and to hear his message for the Church today. It is a relevant message to call the Church back from lethargy, to reclaim the gospel’s power, and to reestablish God as the center of one’s life.
This collection consists of fifty-seven books written by Tozer or compiled from his sermons or editorials posthumously. Many of the books were compiled by his close friend, Harry Verploegh, by Gerald B. Smith, James L. Snyder, Ron Eggert, Warren Wiersbe and others. In all, this astounding collection contains approximately 11,000 pages filled with the inspirational, Christ-centered words only Tozer could pen.
Tozer was not one to mince words. There was no wondering where he stood on a particular subject. There was no guessing as to what God required of the Christian man and woman. He could be unduly exacting one moment and humorous and filled with hope the next. But he never put himself above those to whom he was speaking. He was down there with them. He wrote for the common person: the cab driver, the milkman, the laborer, the farmer, the housewife. He wrote for you.
If a sermon can be compared to light, then A.W. Tozer released a laser beam from the pulpit, a beam that penetrated your heart. If you have never read Tozer—what are you waiting for? Thirty minutes spent in a Tozer essay is often better than a week at a Bible conference.
—Warren Wiersbe, Bible teacher; General Director, Back to the Bible Broadcast; Former Pastor, Moody Church in Chicago
Tozer was a man of incisive words and momentous thoughts. Their forcefulness and acuity make his writing richly rewarding to contemporary readers.
— Christian Reader
A.W. Tozer has been one of the greatest writers of all time on themes as profound as the soul’s hungers. He well grasped the paradox of the cross. [H]e exhorts the believer to resist the downgrading of the cross to a mere symbol. If the cross has become to us a humdrum ornament to our faith, we have not understood it, and we have not felt its offense.
—Dr. Ravi Zacharias, President, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
A.W. Tozer’s books reflect a unique blend of genuine piety and downright common sense. He challenged every sort of spiritual pretension while evidencing a devotion to Christ that was every bit as sincere as compelling.
—Charles W. Colson, Author; Chairman, Founder, Prison Fellowship Ministries
Tozer’s ability to separate the wheat from the chaff, the lesser from the greater, reflects his great vision of God. His writing connects my heart with the heart of our…Father.
—Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, Pastor, Moody Church, Chicago
Tozer is one of the great Christian writers of this century….Reading him is like drinking at an oasis in the desert.
—Dr. J. I. Packer, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada
I know of no one in the 20th century who has thought more deeply about God than Aiden Wilson Tozer.
—Sherwood W. Wirt, Editor Emeritus, Decision Magazine
Tozer lived for and preached Jesus Christ. Contemporary Christians can benefit by discovering—or rediscovering—his writings.
—Franklin Graham, President/CEO, Samaritan’s Purse
Few men of God have shaped the spiritual life of church leaders as A.W. Tozer has.
—Jack Hayford, Founding Pastor, The Church on the Way
Tozer provides timeless spiritual jewels that will sparkle in the life of any Christian who dares to respond to the truth of His words.
—Dr. Tony Evans
Aiden Wilson Tozer (1897-1963) was born on a small farm in what is now Newburg, PA. His family moved to Akron, Ohio, when he was just a young boy. At the age of 17, Tozer heard a street preacher, responded to the calling of Christ, and began his lifelong pursuit of God. After becoming an active witness of Jesus as a lay preacher, he joined The Christian and Missionary Alliance and was soon serving as the pastor of West Virginia’s Alliance Church, in 1919. He transferred to the Southside Alliance Church in Chicago in 1928, and his ministry continued there for 31 years. During that time he preached on the Moody Bible Institute’s radio station. In the 1940s Tozer was invited to speak at Wheaton College, and seldom a year passed after World War II that he didn’t preach in the college’s Pierce Chapel. In 1950 he became the editor of The Alliance Life magazine and served in that capacity until his death.
Self-taught, with no formal Bible training, Tozer has been called a twentieth-century prophet within his own lifetime. Through years of diligent study and constant prayer, he sought the mind of God. A master craftsman in the use of the English language, he was able to write in a simple, cogent style the principles of truth he had learned. For Tozer, “there was no substitute for knowing God firsthand.” He wrote many of his books with one idea in mind—that his reader would achieve the heart’s true goal in God and maintain that relationship with Him.
Tozer moved to Toronto in 1959 and spent the final years of his life as the pastor of Avenue Road Church. He and his wife, Ada, lived a simple, non-materialistic lifestyle and let much of the royalties from his books go to those in need. The Tozers had seven children, six boys and one girl. James L. Snyder, said of Tozer that his “preaching as well as his writings were but extensions of his prayer life. He had the ability to make his listeners face themselves in the light of what God was saying to them.”