Tozer's Recommended Reading List

The following is a list of books recommended by A. W. Tozer. It was published by David Fant in his biography of Tozer. It was through A. W. Tozer that I was introduced to the mystics and it forever changed my life. Here are the 35 books that were recommended.     1. The Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage by Jan van Ruysbroeck     2. The Amending of Life by H. L. Hubbard     3. Ascent of Mt. Carmel by St. John     4. The Ascent of Mount Sion Being the Third Book of the Treatise of That Name Translated with an Introduction and Notes By E. Allison Peers by Bernardino and E. Allison Peers De Laredo     5. A Little Book of Eternal Wisdom by Blessed Henry Suso     6. Centuries of Meditations by Thomas Traherne     7. Christian Perfection (Christian Classics) by François de Salignac de La Mothe- Fénelon     8. The Cloud of Unknowing by Anonymous     9. Confessions by Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo     10. Dark Night of the Soul: A Masterpiece in the Literature of Mysticism by St.

Charismatic vs Pentecostal

The Anglican middle way embraces Orthodox and Charismatic tendencies. But it is not Pentecostal. Let me explain. Both Pentecostals and Charismatics believe in an infilling of the Holy Spirit that takes place sometime after conversion. This infilling is sometimes also called the baptism in the Holy Spirit, the enduement of power, and charismation (Acts 2:4). It is at the point of this infilling that one receives the spiritual gifts and anointing from God (Acts 1:8).  Many people mistakenly assume that Charismatics are Pentecostal. But there is historically a difference between these two labels.  Pentecostals insist that speaking in tongues is the initial physical evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. If you don't speak in tongues, you don't have the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Charismatics would say that such a requirement is unbiblical and that any spiritual gift may serve as evidence that one has been anointed and infilled by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:30

Job Moments

 “Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10 NKJV). Job is one of the oldest books in the Bible. It tells the story of a righteous man who loses everything in life. First, he loses his family, then his wealth, then his health, and finally his reputation. His wife advises him to curse God and die, while his best friends are sure Job has a secret sin.  But the book of Job lets us know what is going on behind the scenes. God’s bragging on Job, and pointing out to Satan how righteous Job is. Satan accuses Job of only serving God for the blessings. So God tells Satan that he has permission to take away all his blessings. Which Satan does. That is when Job says, “the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). Job’s response to losing all the blessings in life is to worship God. Which reminds me of Hebrews 13:15, “let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that co

What Really Upsets Us?

Imagine with me for a moment.  You're in a grocery store, and there's a bunch of rude people all around you. The store is busy, it's hectic, and you just want to get out of there. All of a sudden, someone pushes you from behind. You're angry, you're frustrated. You are going to turn aground and confront that jerk. But when you turn around, all you see is a blind man who accidentally bumped into you. Instantly, your anger and frustration go away, and you feel sympathy. What changed? The event is the same. You were pushed. But your interpretation of the event has changed. And that changed of judgment is what has changed your emotional state. You think differently, so now you feel differently. It was Epictetus, a Stoic philosopher, who said, “It's not things that upset us, but our judgments about things.” It is not people who upset us, but our judgments about them. The event of being pushed didn’t upset the shopper, it was his or her interpretation that it

Prayer for the Sick

O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need: We humbly ask You to behold, visit, and relieve Your sick servant N. for whom our prayers are desired. Look upon them with the eyes of Your mercy; comfort them with a sense of Your goodness; preserve them from the temptations of the enemy; and give them patience under their affliction.  In Your good time, restore them to health, and enable them to lead the rest of their life in Your reverence, and to Your glory; and grant that finally they may dwell with You in life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Jay N. Forrest is an Anglican mystic pursuing God through prayer, meditation, simplicity, solitude, and silence. He is the author of The Deeper Life: Finding God on the Mystic Path.

Jay N. Forrest was an ordained Pentecostal minister for over two decades. He earned his doctorate of ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Christian University. He has deeply explored many philosophical and religious traditions and is certified to teach mindfulness meditation.

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