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Spiritual lethargy is one of the greatest dangers to confront a believer in his or her day-to-day walk with God. A. W. Tozer said, “There are only three directions from which danger comes to the Christian life. They are the world through which we journey, the god of this world and our own mortified flesh.” In this never-before-published book, the renowned teacher issues aSpiritual lethargy is one of the greatest dangers to confront a believer in his or her day-to-day walk with God. A. W. Tozer said, “There are only three directions from which danger comes to the Christian life. They are the world through which we journey, the god of this world and our own mortified flesh.” In this never-before-published book, the renowned teacher issues a clarion call for all Christians to awaken to the times in which we live and stand boldly against spiritual and moral slumber. Tozer’s focus is on those few believers who will heed the call to arouse themselves rise up in the face of the great temptation to malaise that is before us, believing that God always begins with one or two who hear and heed His voice, and refuse to become weary in their pursuit of Him. ...

Title : The Dangers of a Shallow Faith: Awakening from Spiritual Lethargy
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The Dangers of a Shallow Faith: Awakening from Spiritual Lethargy Reviews

  • Geneva Moore
    2019-03-10 06:19

    The most important part was his definition of describing spiritual lethargy as living off of yesterday's momentum. Outside of that the book wasn't my favorite and i didn't feel the need to finish reading it.

  • Julia
    2019-02-26 07:14

    4.5 starsTo say I enjoyed The Dangers of a Shallow Faith would be a true statement. I am a fan of Tozer's work and appreciate his prophetic insight into the modern evangelical church. I often find myself amazed by the way his statements, written some fifty-odd years ago, are always eerily relevant to our church in today's world. However, I did not enjoy the feeling of conviction that overwhelmed me on several occasions whilst reading. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate this effect that Tozer's words always seem to have on me! But I would be lying if I said that the revelation of some hard truths about myself did not sting. I feel as if I am walking away from this read with fresh eyes to see how culture has negatively impacted both my own life and the life of the church. I whole-heartedly believe that this was a read I needed in this season of my life. As per usual with Tozer, I read a chapter per day until I finished. There is so much to think about and process here that I think using a chapter at a time in devotional reading is the perfect way to digest it! My only complaint, and the reason I couldn't give it five stars, is the fact that I could easily tell that the pieces had been edited and compiled rather than published as a single entity by Tozer himself. I appreciate the editors taking the time to compile this much needed work, but there are several moments throughout where I became painfully aware that Tozer's usual voice seemed broken in some way. But this is still a great read, and I highly suggest that any and every person who calls himself a believer pick up a copy and dive in.

  • Blake
    2019-03-20 04:37

    Have you ever read a book and thought, "The bulk of that book was excellent but there were several things in the content that made it sub-five-star in ranking?" This was the case for me when I read, "The Dangers of a Shallow Faith." So much of what Tozer wrote was a spiritual encouragement, at times---many time, reaching into the realm of admonition to my own heart. That was so good. The book was a book that encouraged me, challenged me, built me up, confronted me, etc. It offered some very helpful thoughts about what causes spiritual lethargy and what the answers are for such. I'm guessing that for the most part, the reader of this book will be challenged and encouraged in his/her faith, so I definitely would not want to throw the baby out with the proverbial bathwater.There were just a couple of issues in the book that made it harder for me to give it a higher rating. First, the stage for the book was set by an introduction written by a guy names James L. Snyder, who compiled and edited the book. Snyder placed on Tozer the title of a modern day "prophet." Placing such a mantle on Tozer leaves one in the precarious position of knowing that he can never disagree with what "the prophet" has spoken. Thus, the title, "Prophet" is misplaced. Why use such terminology? It merely confuses. Why not simply say that pastor and theologian, A.W. Tozer has a very strong and much needed message for the church today. Second, Tozer gets very confusing in his chapter titled, "Living the Dynamics of God's Kingdom," when he tries to explain the power behind words. What Tozer wrote came across as a convoluted mess as he tried to make a valid point and that valid point is basically, "If the Holy Spirit isn't at work in a person's life and you try to share God's truth with that person, the words are useless. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to take the words of truth and empower those words." The chapter had good points but some of what Tozer was trying to explain was just outright confusing. I'm certain that as God's people read through Tozer, many will be encouraged and challenged in their walk with Christ. It's not Tozer's finest writing but not one that should just be outright rejected.

  • Lee Lumley
    2019-02-19 06:30

    The first chapter of this book is a wonderful example of why Tozer is called a prophet. Though he died in 1963, Tozer put his finger on the pulse of today's church and diagnosed our condition masterfully. The chapter is a great opener for a book seeking to awaken a soul from spiritual lethargy because it awakens the longing of a Christians heart, be it ever so quite, for revival. For me personally, this book came at a time when I was awakening from my slumber. It was one of many tools the Lord used to disrupt my sleep and reignite the passion in my heart for a awakening in our generation. We have lost the power of holiness in our churches today. We flourish in activities, music, elegant preaching, exciting worship, but we lack the power of the Holy Spirit which changes lives, empowers to overcome sin, moves hearts to repentance. The time for awakening is now and this book is a great way to begin!

  • Cynthia
    2019-02-17 10:29

    I didn't enjoy this book as much as Tozer's others. Yes, we need to take our faith seriously. But the applications Tozer made all seemed more to do with d0- and don't-list kinds of Christianity (read your Bible, pray, avoid worldly entertainment) and less so with matters of the heart (Love God, walk humbly, show mercy). But some of his predictions have been spot on. The man really was a prophet in our time (well, in the 20th century, anyhow).

  • Allison Anderson Armstrong
    2019-02-20 09:27

    Some good hard preaching here.

  • Philippe Jean
    2019-03-05 03:18

    Great read.

  • Eric Wright
    2019-03-15 06:31

    Tozer forsaw an evangelical lethargy overtaking the church requiring a new generation to rise up. He sees this pattern every 3 generations in the OT. The book, a new record of Tozer's prophetic messages, deals with the dangers facing the evangelical church, the challenges and how to overcome these challenges.In the first part he warns of worldliness, the spirit of Babylon, --a spirit of entertainment, lethargy, ease, and impotent theologians who are experts at minutiae but not the whole picture, backsliding and the irrepressible law of consequence. Of the later he counsels us to make wise, unselfish, far-seeing, courageous, humble, faith-inspired God-obeying choices. Choices have consequence. A fool acts without thought of consequences. Today we face the consequences of yesterday's choices. tomorrow we will face the consequences of today's choices. (p. 79)In the next section on the challenges facing the evangelical church, he begins by asserting that spiritual lethargy has brought the church to the brink of apostasy. We need spiritual discernment to recognize the world, the flesh, and the devil. One strange danger is to buy into a philosophy of absolute victory. "The problem with this is that nobody has every experienced a life of absolute victory, without defeat, except our Lord Himself." p. 93. Believing in this unrealistic idea creates horrendous discourgement when we fall. Tozer suggests that we get through victory and defeat by; not trusting a discouraged heart; postpone decision making when discouraged. Throughout this second section he talks about the dangers of pairs of issues including bondage and freedom. Too many Christians are in bondage to legalistic forms and traditions that are almost superstitions. One common bondage today is that to certain foods and types of clothing, days and seasons. as Christians we are free and can eat anything as long as it does not hurt us. No food is more religious than another food. God created all to be consumed with thanksgiving. However, we take liberty too far if we cause another to stumble. Another pair he warns about is busyness and idleness. Any Christian worth his salt will find something to do in the kingdom of God. And of course, you can get so busy you don't have time for devotion, thoughts of God, prayer, etc. There is a danger in both prosperity and adversity. Prov. 30:7-9 Remember we are pilgrims. Learn to be detached from earthly possessions, break the grip of keeping up with the Joneses.He concludes the book with a section on how to avoid and deal with the problems.I read this slowly, a chapter a day over a period of many weeks and found it devotionally helpful.

  • Jeanie
    2019-03-16 06:30

    Done in 3 parts, The Dangers Facing the Evangelical Church, The Challenges Facing the Evangelical and The Path to Overcoming These Challenge. This study has proven to be prophectic. What makes it different than authors of today, is the clarity and authority of the word. As a teacher of the word, Tozer is more concerned not about how many people can come to Christ, but making Christ known thru his word. It is only going in depth of who God is that we can truly know of the heights of his love for us. Tozer concern is for the church and succumbing to "spiritual lethargy. It is also the concern of Christ. In the old and new Testament, this theme of spirtitual leghargy is a warning that should not be ignored or thinking that this concern that "other" church. Entertainment plays a big part of spiritual legargy. The church is called to be set apart and not compatible with the culture. When our focus is compatiblity, we will be acceptable to false teaching.The danger becomes we have a wrong concept of God then we will have a concept of ourselves and be like god, making God in our image instead of living in the image of God.Another positive in this study is the power of the holy spirit. The power of the holy spirit is to expose sin and convert. The holy spirit brings a spirit of repentance not social reform. "Therefore when the Spirit of God moves through the word preached in power and heard in power, the objectives of God are accomplished; men are made holy and sins are forgiven, and the work of redemption is done." (page 187).May we as christians say as well.."O God, please give me three wounds, the wound of contrition and the wound of compassion and the wound of long after God, that we ask without condition. Make my heart so.

  • Brian Manville
    2019-03-08 04:14

    For not having graduated from any seminary and being taught by the Holy Spirit with the Bible open in front of him, A.W. Tozer has been called a prophet by many people. It is this humble education and willing spirit that has allowed Tozer to call the church to rise above being ordinary to become the transformative force it can be.In this short tome, Tozer outlines not only the dangers facing the evangelical church, but also the challenges facing it. Not being content with just identifying a problem, Tozer goes on to show the way to overcoming spiritual lethargy in the church. Though a multitude of examples, he tries to exhort the church to look to God only and not settle for something less.The words coming from his pen are not harsh or condescending, but born of a spirit in tune with God and heartbroken at the prospect of seeing the church washed up on the shores of irrelevance. He decries "observers" and "spectators" of current churches and calls them to be active members of worship. He even raises the bar include "anticipatory" prayer - praying before the Lord in advance of any situations that may arise. He cites the example of Jesus in the Garden, praying in advance of his torture and crucifixion for the strength and energy to carry out His Father's will. He is not content with ritual; he even suggests reading your Bible at breaks or lunch and praying where you can so that you can stay connected with God. In this, Tozer provides practical advice that makes being a more relevant Christian into a series of easy to achieve steps rather than climbing of a mountain.BOTTOM LINE: If you feel your spiritual life has plateaued or if you desire more from your Christian walk, this is the book for you.

  • Daniel Deurbrouck
    2019-03-10 08:13

    I don't like to give anything by A.W. Tozer such a negative review, but I don't feel that I can do anything else. The goal of this book is noble: to shake the nominal Christian out of their spiritual lethargy. To this end, there are some notable quotes and striking exhortations. "When you get rich, you tend to backslide". "We are not called to always show a smile. Sometimes we are called to frown and rebuke with all long-suffering". "We must demand more than correct doctrine, though we dare not have less".The structure and style of the book, however, is what ruined it in my mind. It is my personal conviction that the world would be a much better place with fewer books. What I mean is, that if most authors spent more time writing fewer books, we would still have a great number of excellent books, instead of an immeasurable pile of garbage. The Dangers of a Shallow Faith strikes me, not as a carefully crafted book which took years to write, but as a shoddily composed book which was likely completed in one long weekend.No doubt, A.W. Tozer is a wise and discerning man, and so even his ramblings have some value, but what this particular work lacks is care. Tozer makes vague statements about Christians leaving the church, which could easily lead young Christians to abandon the church entirely. And this is certainly not the only case of misleading or nonsensical language in the book. The main issue, is that it doesn't seem that Tozer means to say as much as he says. Christian books should always be exceedingly careful, and what this book particularly lacks is care.

  • Abbie Riddle
    2019-02-21 04:21

    A.W. Tozer's penned words are so powerful the resonate deeply in the heart. It is as if you can hear a calm yet powerfully commanding voice behind a pulpit speaking to the congregation with a fierce and loving determination for the truth to be brought to light. Tozer's love for the lost and dying and his concern for the complacent and comfortable Christian are evident and convicting in every book that has been penned in his hand. His words of wisdom echo through the years and his rock-solid faith in Christ is evident.This book is so true to our day and time and yet it was written many years before us. It is as if Tozer looked into the future to a generation that would be on the brink of destruction and penned a letter under the hand of God to remind the church of God's WORD, not the words of man or man's tradition but simply the importance of that life-giving faith in Christ.He opens this book with this bold statement (even bolder consider the time in which he originally penned it):"The evangelical church in America is facing serious hazards that threaten to bring it to the bring of apostasy. My prayer it is not too late for awakening that will lead to successful reformation." (page 13)So much of this book is quote worthy that it would be easy to just copy it - but then why would you ever pick up a copy? Absolutely a great read and a challenge issued from a man who walk his faith and has stood against the flow of popular opinion. I encourage you to pick up a copy and be encouraged and challenged in your Christian walk.Thanks to Regal for this review copy!

  • Brian Meadows
    2019-02-28 07:07

    I picked this book up at the local library. It is powerful and thought provoking. Although the content was written by A.W Tozer, not in book form, James L. Snyder did a great job in pulling together Tozer's writings into an understandable, smooth flowing book. In our day of decline of the church in America and the rise of worldly power coming against Christianity, this book is a good one to read. With events unfolding daily in opposition to the stand for Christ, the church needs more strength than ever, but is weakened from within by spiritual lethargy. No one of us can turn it around but there is hope as each of us follow and become more like Christ in our lives.Quotes that I thought were especially good from the book follow.“Arrogance is a sin that follows in the wake of success… It is always a temptation to let your victories get blown all out of proportion and give you the wrong concept of who you really are.”

  • Nithin
    2019-02-25 10:07

    Tozer deals with every possible threat which sit back comfortably without our knowledge and plagues the church and the converts when they move and mingle with the materialistic world. He preaches the ramifications of the obsessive stuffs out there and instruct to deal with them wisely. A very plausible book which insist Christians to discern the enumerate tactics of satan and not to get struck in his uncharted labyrinth. I am never in absolute agreement with Tozer but 90% what he says must be revisited and swiftly reconsidered. Every Christian must make his brisk walk in good spirit to wrestle with the powers of the world just to guard himself. I was personally admonished after reading A chapter "The dangers of postponing" and astonished with certainty that how people from the opposite reformed camps admire him. This book should not be shelved for a long time rather it should be read as quick as possible.

  • Frank
    2019-03-09 03:08

    This book is great for any Christian in this day and age. Tozer points out in great detail the negative impact of shallow faith in the Christian's life. He uses scripture to back up his points and it is a great tool to use to get a honest and deep retrospective of the quality of faith we have. A must read for the serious Christian!

  • Tony Bostic
    2019-03-19 02:23

    I highly recommend this book for anyone who is willing to think deeply on what a vibrant faith relationship with Christ means. The greatness of this book is that it was written 50 years ago by a man trying to warn the Church of its impending slide into irrelevance. As you read you see how many of his warnings have. on to pass. Read it if you want to be challenged.

  • Krista
    2019-03-09 05:20

    This book sure packs a good punch. It is full of meat and is not a quick and easy read. Often I found myself setting it down to spend more time in prayer. Tozer's words written for a church in the past are still applicable to the church today. The question is when will we learn?

  • Debbie Dunn
    2019-03-15 07:24

    I cannot put into words the insight and wisdom Tozer brought. He was a man who knew God and saw the dangers of this generation. Tozer is right along side Oswald Chambers and Henry Blackaby. A must read.

  • Michael
    2019-02-23 09:33

    If you're tiredIf you are tired of living the same old boring life, then you just might be living a shallow faith. This book points you in the right direction if you're searching for a closer relationship with Christ. Highly recommend!

  • David Mesa
    2019-03-17 06:22

    Excelente libro, que nos ayuda a darnos cuenta de que muchos estamos actualmente en una enorme conformidad en Juan 3:16, retándote, despertándote a una fe verdadera. Lo recomiendo para todo cristiano.

  • Michael
    2019-03-02 05:21

    Great books!These books written by Tozer are great! Actually they are transcribed from audio sermons. Well worth the read. Love them!

  • Candace Novakowski
    2019-03-19 10:29

    so good!!! opens the mind and heart, convicts and warns of the severe dangers of not living our lives fully surrendered and obedient to our God in all areas of our lives.