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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

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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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