Celebrating the Life of A.W. Tozer

Aiden Wilson Tozer was born on April 21, 1897 and died May 12, 1963.  He came to Christ as a teenager after hearing a street preacher, and five years later was called as the pastor of a small storefront church even though he had received no formal theological training.  His longest pastorate was a thirty-year stint at Southside Alliance Church in Chicago, Il.  During his life he was a pastor, editor of the Alliance Magazine, and the author of more than forty different books, his most famous being Knowledge of the Holy.  He was a man who loved the deep things of God, cherished and relied heavily upon prayer, and exhorted Christians to move beyond nominal faith to a single-minded pursuit of God.  He and his wife lived a simple life, never even owning a car, and he signed many of his book royalties away to people he knew were in need.  He lived what he preached.  Upon his death, the epitaph simply read: “A.W. Tozer – a Man of God.”

“The yearning to know what cannot be known, to comprehend the incomprehensible, to touch and taste the unapproachable, arises from the image of God in the nature of man. Deep calleth unto deep, and though polluted and landlocked by the mighty disaster theologians call the Fall, the soul senses its origin and longs to return to its source.”

Posted on May 13, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Indeed A.W. Tozer was a different breed of Christian than today! He lived the Christian life more closely and was a serious man of prayer. He has also many spiritual type books, but always sought to magnify Christ! Knowledge of the Holy is simply a must read! As too, many of his books.

  2. He was a grand man. The Lord worked through him and flowed out to others. I guess that I have never encountered a man, that stepped aside, so that others would receive from the Father’s presence. A.W., go man, go!

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