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Approaching the Almighty

A photo of my copy of "Approaching the Almighty: 100 Prayers of A. W. Tozer" compiled by Phil Shappard
by Beeda Speis for Peace In The Stillness blog - part of Beeda's Book Reviews.

The Book:

Approaching the Almighty: 100 Prayers of A. W. Tozer, Compiled by Phil Shappard

Publisher’s Description:

Discover the never-before-published prayers of A. W. Tozer as he opens his sermons.

Is there a holier moment than when a preacher steps into the pulpit and opens the Scriptures before the people of the Lord? A. W. Tozer certainly understood the gravity and sanctity of that moment. His pulpit prayers reflect the holy awe that he experienced as he stood before God and the gathered congregation.

Although Tozer fans are familiar with his writings and sermons, now for the first time, Approaching the Almighty collects the prayers that Tozer offered as he stepped into the pulpit to preach. Phil Shappard, a Moody Radio manager whose job was to remaster the audiotapes of Tozer’s sermons, has collected and transcribed almost two hundred prayers that reveal the great preacher’s intimate walk with God.

The path to a rich prayer life is to pray alongside others whose faith is deep. Let Tozer’s pulpit prayers guide your own heart in its steadfast pursuit of God.

Beeda’s Book Review:

Phil Shappard transcribed and compiled these 100 prayers of A.W. Tozer for his book, Approaching the Almighty, from recordings of Tozer’s sermons. Shappard left in the “thee’s” and “thou’s” and I’m so glad he did because it enhances the experience and the message of Tozer’s prayers.

Even though the prayers could have been preached anytime between 1919 and 1963, I found Tozer’s words to be relevant even today. His prayers speak to the current state of the world and to the condition of the modern Church, how it’s leaning toward “easy believism.” One of Tozer’s prayers speaks to absenteeism in churches as people battled against the Asian Flu.

I found encouragement and inspiration in these prayers. Tozer’s words are so passionate and so moving I could feel the Holy Spirit stirring within. He prayed truth even if it was a difficult topic. It is evident he prayed from his heart with a deep love for his flock and for the Almighty God.

I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers for the purpose of reviewing it. The comments and opinions are entirely my own. I highly recommend this book to all believers but especially to anyone who enjoys prayer and wishes to draw closer to God.

Side Note:

I was the first one to review this wonderful book on Christianbooks.com. (Reviewed under my real name Shari Y.) I don’t know why, but I’m super excited about this.

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