A.W. Tozer wrote a series of essays over a five-year period and decided to make a book out of it. The Root of the Righteous is the result of that. The essays include: 1. The root of the Righteous, 2. We Must Give Time to God, 3. God is Easy to Live With, 4. Listen to Man Who Listens to God, 5. We Must Hear Worthily, 6. The Utilitarian Christ, 7. On Receiving Admonition, 8. The Great God Entertainment, 9. Bible Taught or Spirit Taught, 10. The Terror of the Lord, 11. No Regeneration without Reformation, 12. Faith is a Perturbing Thing, 13. True Faith Brings Committal, 14. The Great Disparity, 15. Our Enemy Contentment ….etc. There are 46 essays in all.
Evaluation and Critique
As a whole, the book was an excellent grouping of essays from A.W. Tozer. Because there were so many essays in the book, I will just pick three to expound on. The best essay that I liked in the book is No Savior Hood without Lordship.
I like No Savior Hood without Lordship the best out of all the essays in the book because it touches upon the most unheeded step in giving a person’s life to the Lord. The step that often gets neglected by people is submission unto Jesus Christ. Believers in Jesus Christ get saved and reach salvation, but don’t want the second part of the deal which is complete submission unto the Lord Jesus Christ. People don’t want to submit themselves to the Lord because that would mean that they would have to give up their worldly desires. These people that don’t want to give themselves over completely to the Lord will not reach Heaven as a result.
The second best essay in the book is The Hunger of the Wilderness. The reason why I like this essay the second best is because it touches upon the fact that a believer’s spiritual life needs to be constantly refreshed with the Word and with prayer. If the believer takes time away from the Bible and also takes time away from praying to the Lord, the believer will let the world and the devil seep back in his or her life. The believer needs to be constantly in the Word and keep in prayer to combat the world and the devil’s attempts to sneak into their life.
The third best essay in the book is Understanding Those Dry Spells. This is a good essay because it helps explain that just because the Lord is not moving in the believer’s life at the moment, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the believer is living a sinful life – it just means that God is using this time to work on strengthening our faith.