A.W. Tozer (1897 – 1963)
Although A.W. Tozer‘sÂ (1897 – 1963)Â life-time has significant overlap withÂ Thomas Raymond KellyÂ (1893 – 1941) andÂ Thomas Merton’s (1915 â€“ 1968), in some ways they couldn’t be more separate by tradition in 20th Century Christianity — to compare visitÂ Receiving from the Christian Devotional Classics: Thomas Merton & the Desert FathersÂ andÂ A Testament of Devotion. Furthermore, Tozer’s testimony is simple and focused, one which carried him in ministry throughout his life.
While on his way home from the Akron, Ohio tire company where he worked as a teen, young Aiden Wilson Tozer overheard a street preacher say,â€œIf you donâ€™t know how to be savedâ€¦just call on God.â€ Upon returning home, Tozer climbed into the attic and heeded the preacherâ€™s advice. –Â “A.W. Tozer.” cmalliance.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Aug. 2013.
Just a few years later, without even a high school education (what a contrast to Kelly and Merton!), Tozer beganÂ forty-four years of ministry in the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA) — if you are unfamiliar with this Protestant denomination click here. Tozer pastored and preached in congregations in a number of places including Nutter Fort (WV), Chicago (IL), and Toronto (Canada). Amazingly self-taught, he authored more than forty books [with The Knowledge of the HolyÂ (1961)Â and The Pursuit of GodÂ (1948) considered Christian classics], edited Alliance WeeklyÂ (C&MA denominational magazine),Â and received two honorary doctorate degrees (Houghton College and Wheaton College). According to an article onÂ cmalliance.org, even with a family of seven children (six boys and one girl), TozerÂ had a prophetic and incarnated passion for simplicity not unlike Kelly and Merton: [Read more…] about Christian Devotional Classics: The Pursuit of God