Monday, July 6, 2009

A. W. Tozer Tidbits

Lyle Dorsett's bio of A. W. Tozer fleshes out the man behind some of my favorite books, including The Pursuit of God, Knowledge of the Holy, The Divine Conquest (retitled The Pursuit of Man), and That Incredible Christian.

Here are some tidbits about the Christian and Missionary Alliance's most famous preacher:

Born 4/21/1897 and grew up in the hills of Pennsylvania

Family moved to Akron, OH, where Tozer went to work as young man for Goodrich for a while and later for Goodyear

Saved at the age of 17 (first one in his family)

Married a godly woman, but was inattentive to his wife the duration of their long marriage

Had 6 sons and 1 daughter, and all of them never felt any intimacy from their father

Loved to shoot rifles and was a good shot at that

His passion was knowing Christ; his second passion was books, and he read widely

Pastored in OH, WV, Indianapolis, Chicago for a while, and also Toronto

Loved to study and preach, but he disdained pastoral visitation and he would not greet his parishioners at the end of a service

Had no regard for money; often requested his boards that they not give him a raise; often returned half of his pay as a contribution to the church; and all this despite the fact that his wife for much of her life had a difficult time keeping the family of 9 fed and clothed

Took one family vacation at the insistence of his daughter and was sour the whole time that the family never vacationed with him again.

Did not visit his relatives and was somewhat put out when they came to visit him

In many ways he had zeal for his own house but he undermined his own.

His wife commented after his death and her subsequent marriage: "I have never been happier in my life. Aiden [A. W.] loved Jesus Christ, but Leonard Odam loves me."

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