A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers

A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers
The Burts in 2013

Friday, December 30, 2016

Alive in the Spirit - Experiencing the Presence and Power of God by A.W.Tozer (compiled and edited by James L. Snyder)

A.W. Tozer. Now there's a name that immediately brings to mind a spiritual giant. His words are quoted in more books, articles and devotionals than one could count. Mentored by A.B. Simpson, Tozer is nearly as well-known as Charles Haddon Spurgeon or Dwight L. Moody in Christian circles. So when I had the opportunity to read and review a book containing never before published material of his, I jumped at the chance.

The book is entitled Alive in the Spirit - Experiencing the Presence and Power of God. It was compiled and edited by James L. Snyder. This book isn't a lengthy read at just 188 pages, and the chapters are short enough to read and "digest" them one at a time in a single sitting. I'm a woman who writes in my books - and the more I like a book, the more underling, highlighting and margin notes will be found. My copy of Alive in the Spirit has a fair amount of writing in it.

Now that's not to say that I found this to be my favorite book by Tozer, nor did I find it to be as enlightening (for lack of a better word) regarding the role and work of the Holy Spirit in our life as I had hoped it would be. To be completely frank, I have found A.B. Simpson to be a great source for learning about the Holy Spirit and I suppose I imagined his prized pupil would have much more of value to share than I found in this book. I actually sort of felt like the Holy Spirit and His power were minimalized in this book....as unbelievable as that may sound. I'm not saying you shouldn't buy this book. I think it would serve people very well as it is a good book, and very well put together. I just expected more of a "KA-POW!" sort of experience than I got. And that is probably just my bad, my expectation being amiss and me being disappointed when said expectation was not met.






I do think this book is worth the read. Jump into it - study it - and feel free to come back here and leave me a comment to tell me what you think of it. I would love to have some additional thoughts about the book from others. Thanks for taking the time to read my review. Lord bless you as you seek to grow in your walk with the Lord1

On my "Page Turner Scale" of 1 to 5, I gave this book a 4.

Disclaimer ~ I received this book free of charge for review purposes from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions shared here are solely my own. 

 Day 344 done :)

Jan L. Burt
The Homeschooling Mother's Bible Study
All Things Homeschool
available on Amazon

Let's Look At ~ 1 Peter 1:9

I'm going to be doing something a little different in terms of my blog posts. Rather than my typical posts that are meant to put encourage women who homeschool, I will be blogging about the Bible. Today I would like to look at one verse in particular and share what I have learned from this verse, and maybe someone reading this will be encouraged by the Word. Better yet, maybe someone (or several someones) will decide to spend more time reading the Bible on a regular (read that daily) basis. That would be pretty fantastic. Let's get to it:


     1 Peter 1:9 - (New Living Translation) The reward from trusting Him will be the salvation of your souls. 


Okay, so you already know that trusting Jesus is the only way to have eternal salvation for your soul. (If you did not know that, let me suggest you read the book of John - right now, don't wait! - and pray and ask the Lord if He would like you to yield your life to Him and make Him your Savior and Lord over all your life. BTW, He will answer "Yes" because His greatest desire is to spend eternity with you). When you trust Him for your salvation, the reward will be eternal salvation, right?


The age old questions have always been, "What happens after we die? What on earth are we here for? What is the meaning of life?" The answer, of course, is always Jesus. Jesus died to rescue you from the power of sin and death and hell and the devil, and after you die you will either spend eternity with Him or separated from Him. There is no middle ground; those are the only two options. If you don't know what on earth you are here for, the answer to that will be made known to you once you yield your heart and your life to Jesus and allow Him to be Master and Commander of all things. He alone gives us purpose and meaning. He has that right and that authority, because He is the One who was and is and is to come, and through Him all things (including you and me) were created. The Creator knows exactly what He did the creating for, if you get my meaning. Those age old questions are all answered by Jesus. He is the only answer you will ever need.

Now, if this verse from the New Testament tells us that our eternal salvation is decided, and the question of what will happen after we die has been answered, then it seems to me that there ought to be absolutely no other worry, question, concern or feat that overwhelmingly haunts or plagues us. You see, with the most important and precious aspect of your life covered and protected and rescued, aren't all the other parts also covered and protected and rescued, as implied by this verse? What about your health? Well, pretty much it's all good in the sense that you are immortal until the day the Lord calls you home to heaven - and then you're truly immortal! Finances? Oh, He owns it all and He is very good at providing for the needs of His own. Work stress? He can and will be a part of your daily work life, so long as you open up to Him and invite Him to be a part of it. Don't shut Him out, and He will be right there with you! And any other daily need, big or small, is safe in His loving hands. He's got this. More importantly, He's got you. 

Is your soul alright? Then all the rest is alright, too. There is indeed a reward from trusting Him; eternal life in a perfect, pain-free world. There is also a huge amount of reward for trusting Him in this life. I pray you seek and find Him and all the blessings and rewards He has for you in this life and in eternity. Great is His reward for you, as great as His love can pour out.

Lord bless!

Day 343 done :)

Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study
& All Things Homeschool