Ever since I was a child, I’ve been enthralled with the idea of wisdom, better yet the wisdom of God. Early on, I remember reading the story of Solomon and how he asked God for wisdom when he could have asked for anything. But sometimes, I think Solomon, in all his wisdom, forgot how much he needed to depend on God’s wisdom and not his own, even if it was given by God.
When Bethany House Publishers offered the chance to read and review The Wisdom of God by A. W. Tozer, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to learn more about wisdom.[free copy received. opinions my own. affiliate links included]
Book Review: The Wisdom of God by A.W. Tozer
On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, The Wisdom of God by A.W. Tozer is saltine crackers. This simple food used at sick beds and on cheese platters nourishes. To a tongue used to high levels of sugar and fats, the nuances of flavor might be lost, but make no mistake, these crackers crunch and create a foundation for flavor.
With an introduction, 23 chapters, and closing prayer, The Wisdom of God begins a trek through a journey of wisdom. While some chapters pace on earthen paths of practicality, much of the book wings through Biblical truths and theories for the philosophy of wisdom. Basically, the key is focusing on God’s wisdom rather than a human version of wisdom.
Wisdom fascinates me. It always has, but my mind wandered often while I read this book. Although every chapter focuses on wisdom, it really does feel like a compilation of separate thoughts (which it is, a compilation, at least). I’ve read other books by Tozer before, and this one had a different tone. I often struggled with feeling that I sat in a hard wooden pew while a preacher spoke, rather than having a cup of coffee with a man who loves the Lord.
All that said, I still folded page corners down (horror!) because certain thoughts and quotes sprang upon me with such a ringing truth that I had to pause, breathe, and read again. Sometimes, I really think for all of our gadgets to simplify life, we’ve really missed the simple way of God’s wisdom.
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About The Wisdom of God
We were created by God and for God; therefore, the only way to find true joy, peace, and contentment is by embracing His wisdom. Wisdom, after all, is not just a philosophical concept, but rather a highly practical tool for living the best possible life. As Tozer said, “Wisdom walks on feet and it is found in the nursery, in the kitchen, on the street, in the factory, and in the home.”
The material in this book was carefully chosen from A.W. Tozer’s best sermons on wisdom and has never before been available in print. The chapters focus on important topics like overcoming temptation, seeing and appreciating God’s hand in everything, and how to not be double-minded but fully committed to God. Wisdom is more than just a list of instructions—it is a part of God’s character, inseparable from His love and grace. Embracing this wisdom means drawing closer to Him.
The Wisdom of God will change your decisions, attitudes, and relationships, setting you on the path to becoming all God wants you to be.
About A.W. Tozer
A.W. Tozer was a self-taught theologian, pastor, and writer whose powerful words continue to grip the intellect and stir the soul of today’s believer. He authored more than 40 books. The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy are considered modern devotional classics.
The Wisdom of God Struggles
- compilation of sermons – okay, okay, sometimes I listen to sermons while I work out, but I just didn’t love reading a compilation of sermons (this is probably my weakness)
The Wisdom of God Loves
- this topic fascinates me so that held throughout this book
- the chapters are short and manageable
- highly quotable
The Wisdom of God Quote
After flipping back to read the pages that I dog-eared (shhhh, I see it as having a conversation with the author), I just couldn’t NOT share one quote that struck me with you.
“The purpose of God in redemption is not just to save us from hell. The purpose of God in redemption is to save us unto heaven.” – Chapter 2, The Wisdom of God by A.W. Tozer