TOZER, A. W. (AIDEN WILSON) (1897–1963)
Born in Newburg, Pennsylvania, Tozer was converted to Christ at the age of eighteen. Without any formal education beyond grade school, in 1919 he began a lifelong ministry of pastoring in several Christian and Missionary Alliance churches in the United States and Canada.
Throughout his Christian life, Tozer was intensely devotional and mystical. He deeply appreciated mystics such as Fénelon, Bernard of Cluny, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Julian of Norwich. He enjoyed devotional poetry, the hymns of the mystics, and the writings of Emerson and Shakespeare. His pulpit ministry, enriched by his spirituality and breadth of reading, was greatly appreciated and in much demand.
Tozer made his greatest impact as a writer. Many of his writings were developed from his sermons, which he arduously shaped into written form. Most of his best–known books went through this process: The Pursuit of God (1948), The Divine Conquest (1950), and The Knowledge of the Holy (1961). In his writings he encourages his readers to know God personally and experientially. This was his constant aspiration and proclamation. P. W. Comfort
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