AW Tozer (KJV) and the Pursuit of God Bible (NIV) from Hendrickson Publishers
Before I get into my review there are some disclaimers:
1. Aiden Wilson Tozer was a pastor in the Christian and Missionary Alliance, a Charismatic Denomination. I am neither promoting or detracting charismatic denominations; rather I am trying to be up front and honest with you.
2. I purchased this Bible at my own expense and this may be reflected in my review.
“The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.” —A. W. Tozer
A little about Tozer
A “twentieth-century prophet” they called him even in his lifetime. For 31 years A. W. Tozer was pastor of Southside Alliance Church in Chicago, where his reputation as a man of God was citywide. Concurrently he became editor of Alliance Life, a responsibility he fulfilled until his death in 1963. His greatest legacy to the Christian world has been more than 40 books.
Hendrickson has released two versions of this excellent Bible, a KJV Titled the AW Tozer Bible and an NIV titled the Pursuit of God Bible. The only difference I was able to find between the two is the translation and title. I suspect the differing title for the KJV is due to the propensity of charismatics to use the King James.
Number of Pages: 1664
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.50 X 6.25 X 1.75 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Text Color: Red Letter
The first thing I want to deal with is the paper. Unfortunately, the paper choice is an egregious error. It is extremely thin. There is some ghosting and a highlighter will most definitely bleed through, a pen I am not sure of.
Cover, binding, and format
This Bible looks to be smythe sewn. It lays flat no matter where I open. The internal format was a pleasant surprise as it is in a side column reference format, though lacking wide margins. In most cases, I find the side column format to be much more useful than a center column reference format. It provides less of a distraction when reading while still providing needed and useful resources for the reader.
- On ScriptureOver 365 selections, each sharing the page with the Bible passage to which it refers, add depth and insight to a particular verse’s application for the believer.
- Reflections More than 100 writings that apply the deep meaning of the Christian faith to everyday life.
- Challenges Nearly 100 entries, tied to scripture, that exhort the reader to resist complacency in particular areas of one’s “living out” the Word in the world.
- Brief Introduction with Outline. Each book includes a brief introduction and a basic outline.
I have seen this Bible categorized in two different ways in bookstores. At Lifeway I found it with the Devotional Bibles and at Family Christian I found it with the Study Bibles. Of the two, Lifeway actually had the accurate category. The Tozer Bible is a devotional Bible, and its a good one at that.
It is very important to note, Tozer and his writings will challenge you in ways that you probably have not ben challenged before. His works are very powerful prompting introspection and prayer. I hesitate to say that Tozer spoke prophetically because I don’t want to spark controversy but there is no other way to describe his writing. If you carefully study the ministries of the Old Testament and New Testaments, you will find that their ministries and that of Tozer are identical enough to say that Tozer ministered with the Gift of Prophecy.
If you do not want to be challenged, do not read the notes. If you want to grow, this Bible is for you.
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