The Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God, and God’s Pursuit of Man – A.W. Tozer

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

This review is tricky to do because there are three separate books involved. However, this review is also very simple because Tozer is a fantastic author and each one of these “spiritual classics” had so much depth that I felt like a student under Tozer’s teaching.

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Before reading The Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God, and God’s Pursuit of Man, I had heard so much about each of these books and how they have changed the lives of many of the Christian men and women that I know. With such high expectations, I was unsure if I would have a similar experience. But I soon realized how life-changing these books are when I started reading them. I had a pen constantly in my hand ready to take notes and underline sentences. I gathered quotes from the three books that were just too good not to share, I started praying with a better realization of who God is, and I learned to not only enjoy reading the Bible but also to enjoy reading books about holiness and what it looks like to pursue God. Tozer did the amazing thing of giving information about the Bible that makes you want to learn more from it. All three books (but especially The Knowledge of the Holy) made me ask “does the Bible really say that?” and I would end up with my Bible open on my desk while I read through each book.

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These three books were each marvelous on their own but having them conveniently together in one bound book helped me stay on track and finish them all in a timely manner. Having the book hardbound kept me from folding back the covers and breaking the binding too.

Overall, I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars because of the authors content, the effects it has had on me as a Christian and the structure of the book.  

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Through My Father’s Eyes by Franklin Graham (with Donna Lee Toney)

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Summary:

“Through My Father’s Eyes” is a memoir written by the eldest son of Billy Graham about the man who was known to most people as “America’s Preacher”. Although he was known for the many crusades he held throughout the cities and states in this country, Graham also traveled to several different countries to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Preaching is what Billy Graham was known for and he boldly preached to millions of people, knowing that the Message he carried was far more important than the messenger.

After Billy Graham passed away last February, his eldest son Franklin wrote this biography of his father’s life, focusing on who Billy Graham was as a husband, father, and friend.  “Through My Father’s Eyes” includes stories of Billy’s childhood, his young adulthood, his coming to Christ, and his methods of parenting. Franklin provided fans of Billy Graham with a snapshot of what his life was like away from the pulpit.

Review:

Though Franklin Graham does a great job at providing people with a better understanding of who Billy Graham was outside of his ministerial duties, there were times where the book seemed to place unnecessary emphasis on the work that Billy Graham did as a preacher rather than the work that Jesus did THROUGH Billy Graham. It’s hard to determine if this was intended to come across that way but on many accounts, I had to mentally tell Franklin, “Yes, but Billy Graham is not Jesus”. (Disclaimer: I may have felt this way because I have gotten used to reading books written by theologians who discuss God’s character more than anything else, but I feel like Franklin had many opportunities to praise Jesus for what he has done in his father’s life and chose to glorify his father instead.)

If you read this in the same vein that you read Lewis or Tozer, you could get yourself and your theology into trouble. I know this is not the Bible and shouldn’t be read like gospel truth but as someone used by God to proclaim the name of Jesus to millions of people in many different places, I expected a greater spotlight to be placed on the Savior rather than the messenger. May “America’s Preacher” now rest in peace but may the message of the One who sent him never die.

Recommended for:

  • People who want to know more about Billy Graham
  • People who like biographies
  • People who want to know more about Christianity in recent history

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Gay Girl, Good God – Jackie Hill Perry

After hearing a lot about Jackie Hill Perry and listening to some of her spoken word poems and interviews, I decided to buy her book Gay Girl, Good God. Don’t let the title fool you though – this book does a lot more than discuss Perry’s background as a homosexual girl who became straight. This book, at its core, is about the miracle of a person who was “dead in trespasses and sins” that has been brought to life by the Savior Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:1-9). This is a story of redemption and restoration. No matter who you are, what you’ve been through, what you struggle with – if you are a believer, this is your story too.

This is a story of redemption and restoration.

The beginning of the book is the story of Jackie’s past – who she was, how she was raised, what she did, what she thought about life – with relevant stories from the book of Genesis laced throughout. Perry uses a whole chapter to shed light on the fall of man and the effects of our sinful nature. From the introduction of Gay Girl, Good God, you can tell that Jackie Hill Perry knows just as well as anyone that there is no such thing as “good sin” or “bad sin”; ALL sin separates us from our Father and Creator.

Gay Girl, Good God

But don’t worry, the story has a happy ending. Jackie explains how she came to know Christ and how He rescued her from “the law of sin and death,” (Romans 8:2). She talks about the people who mentored her, the church she started going to, and the Gospel poetry she started writing. She was sure to include how she grew in her faith and how she was able to overcome temptations when they crept up. Toward the end of the book, Perry discusses our need for our Savior, Jesus Christ, and how God has “delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of His beloved Son,” (Colossians 1:13).

You will be challenged, encouraged, and overjoyed by reading Gay Girl, Good God.

I was deeply encouraged by this book even though Perry’s story is much different from mine. I now have a better understanding of what people who identify as “gay” need from the body of believers that make up the Church. Perry gives these believers a blueprint of sorts in how to most effectively preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people who are living in sin. By reading this book, I now understand what it is like for someone to feel rejected and uninvited by the church and what we as the body of Christ can do about that. Through Gay Girl, Good God, Perry encouraged me to be more accepting of others and show them Jesus rather than being hard-hearted and hoping they find Him through some other avenue.

If you or someone you know has ever committed a sin (which we all are guilty of), you should read this book. Be prepared to be challenged, encouraged, and overjoyed by the testimony of Jackie Hill Perry. Her story of being a sinner brought to life in Christ is no different from any other true believer’s story. I hope that you find as much beauty in your redemption story as Perry has unashamedly acknowledged in her book Gay Girl, Good God.

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Grace and peace,

Bethany