A.W. Tozer’s “How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit” is a very unique book. Previous Tozer books that I have reviewed have been ones that were edited by others based on some snippets or sections of messages that Tozer gave. This one, however, was created by Tozer where he took a series of messages that he gave on a few Sunday evenings at his church in the Chicago area and consolidated them down into this very short, yet powerful book.
I would give this book a 9.1 out of my normal 10 point rating scale. On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a 5-star rating.
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“How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit” by A.W. Tozer is a very short yet powerful book. I have read a few books by Tozer which usually were compilations of some of his work or the sermons that he delivered. This one is actually a summary of a series of messages that he delivered to his church in the Chicago area and then summarized them into this short book. It is only 64 pages, but within these short amount of pages, Tozer challenges us in many ways.
Tozer has always been one that seems to challenge his listeners/readers and this book is no different. Tozer effectively covers who the Holy Spirit is and how to be filled with the Holy Spirit and so much more. But the challenging part is the fact that he calls us to evaluate if we really want to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
This book is a quick read, but you will likely want to spend some time really reading through this very thoroughly. Tozer does a great job unpacking who the Holy Spirit is and how we can develop a closer and deeper relationship with Him.
Like most books that I have read with works of A.W. Tozer, this one is highly recommended for certain. I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review from Moody Publishers and all opinions are my own.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK:
Type of Book: Spiritual Growth
Publisher: Moody Publishers @MoodyPublishers
Author: A.W. Tozer
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-1600667992
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|How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit
By A.W. Tozer / Moody PublishersThis little book is hard to swallow. In it A.W. Tozer teaches plainly who the Spirit is, why we should desire Him, but why few of us do. He instructs us in how to be filled with the Spirit, but first poses this question: Do you really want to be filled? 63 pages, paperback.
- 64 pages
- Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.2 x 7 inches
The Goal of the Book:
The goal of this book as stated by the author in the preface is “to help lead many thirsty believers to the fountain of living waters“. With challenging reflections and giving an excellent explanation of the Holy Spirit and how to cultivate a deeper relationship with Him, this book does an excellent job helping believers grow deeper in Him.
My Favorite Part:
My favorite part would have to be the part after he explains who the Holy Spirit is and what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit where Tozer challenges us to evaluate for ourselves if we are ready and willing to be filled with the Holy Spirit. For such a short book, this one is filled with so much truth.
Anyone who is interested in going into a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit and understand better about what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit really should have this book in their library.
Chapter 1 – Who Is the Holy Spirit?
Chapter 2 – The Promise of the Father
Chapter 3 – How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit
Chapter 4 – How to Cultivate the Spirit’s Companionship
From the publisher’s website: Moody Publishers is a nonprofit Christian publishing house located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, IL. Since being founded by D. L. Moody in 1894, Moody Publishers has distributed more than 300 million books, spanning from Bible commentary and reference to spiritual and relational growth, as well as award-winning fiction.
Moody Publishers’ author partnerships include Dr. Gary Chapman, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Dr. Tony Evans, Dr. John MacArthur, James MacDonald, Erwin Lutzer, the late A. W. Tozer and many more.
All proceeds from Moody Publishers benefit The Moody Bible Institute, which exists to educate and equip students for Christian ministry.
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