I remember when I was still new in my Christian faith someone had encouraged me to read A.W. Tozer. Tozer was self-taught theologian and pastor that had an amazing talent for moving people to make Christ their all. That’s what I remember specifically about Tozer, that when I would read him I wanted to know Jesus more. That was years ago, but in the back of my mind I’ve always thought I would like to come back to Tozer…and I’m glad that recently I did exactly that.
During Lent I truly enjoy 40-Day devotionals. Actually, it’s probably the only time of the year that I read authored devotionals as part of my time with the Lord. This year I was given the opportunity to review “From the Grave: A 40-Day Lent Devotional.” Taken from Tozer’s books and sermons, this devotional is well organized and quick to read. Each devotional is only about 2-2 1/2 pages at length and they are just packed! These are the kinds of thoughts that you read it multiple times to just let it sink in.
Tozer’s great ambition perhaps throughout his ministry, I would say, was to see people truly following Christ. He wanted to see people becoming passionate and empowered disciples of Jesus, who had the ability to take up their cross on a daily level and run after their Lord. This passion is communicated on a daily level in this devotional. In one regard it is less oriented towards the ideals of Lent (such as fasting or repentance [though not without]) and more towards spending intentional time focusing on our commitment to Gospel-living. From topics such as the wilderness to Spiritual power, simplicity to sanctification, the radical nature of the cross to the triumph of the resurrection, each devotional aims at reshaping and redefining our faith.
For me, this was like coming back to the feet of a beloved old mentor of the faith. These are the dense sections of 40 conversations over tea or coffee where he helps me to see Christ afresh in my life, while not holding back on where he doesn’t see Christ afresh! For those who are fans of Tozer, this is just a delight. For those who would be new to Tozer, prepare to be challenged. He has a way of speaking directly to the heart of matters in faith, our faith specifically. And even though some this content is 50-80 years old, it is timeless even today.
If you’re looking for a wonderful but challenging Lenten devotional that will speak depths in a quick manner, I would highly recommend this one.
I received this book free from “Moody Publishers” in exchange for my review. That said, this is my honest review of the book and I am in no way associated with the author or publisher.