A.W. Tozer – How to be Filled with the Holy Spirit – A Book Review

There are very few books that I have read that I would recommend as highly as this one.  It is a short little book (65 pages) and can be read in less than an hour (maybe an hour and a half if you read slowly), but the content of the book is just so good and right.  The content comes from a series of sermons given by Tozer many years ago about the question of how to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

The book begins by addressing who the Holy Spirit actually is.  He writes, “..the Holy Spirit has will and intelligence and feeling and knowledge and sympathy and ability to love and see and think and hear and speak and desire the same as any person has.” (p11)

I have never used so much hilighter ink on 65 pages in my life – this book is truly an important one to read.  When Tozer poses the question, What is He Like?, he answers with, “…exactly like Jesus.  You have read your New Testament, and you know what Jesus is like, and the Holy Spirit is exactly like Jesus..” (p20)

This little book is about so much more than just the Holy Spirit – although that topic alone is so valuable and worthy of an entire book.  Tozer talks about what the church should look like, what our lives as Christians should look like, the love of the Father, the glory of the Son and even so much more than that!

Before talking through some very practical ways to pursue, to be filled with, to walk with the Holy Spirit, Tozer first spends quite a few pages asking if we really want to be filled with the Spirit.  In the same way that Jesus asked “do you really want to follow me?”, Tozer asks, “are you sure you want to be possessed by a spirit other than your own?”  He says, “before you can be filled with the Spirit, you must desire to be filled.” (p45)

I found myself reflecting on

my actions – Am I living in a way that reflects the heart of Jesus?

my thoughts – Are my thoughts pure?  Is my heart clean?

my desire for God – Do I crave more of Him so deeply that I would allow Him to have actual control over my entire life?

This book is more than a few sermons about the Holy Spirit.  It is a call to action.  To prayer.  To pursuit of God.  To a desire for nothing less than more of Jesus.  Tozer’s words leave me with a deeper understanding of who the Holy Spirit is and a greater desire to know Him more fully.  This book was the best way I’ve ever spent an hour of my time.  I pray that you’ll go buy it, read it and be changed by it’s truth.


Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

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