"My aim for this book is to help you understand this clear word from God. What is God saying? Where can I hear this voice that's going to give me direction throughout my life?" (18)
A Cloud by Day, A Fire by Night: Finding and Following God's Will for You by A. W. Tozer (compiled and edited by James L. Snyder) is an excellent book taken from the sermons Tozer preached just prior to his leaving his church in Chicago. The book focuses upon the story of God in the Old Testament as He leads His people into the Promised Land.
I really enjoyed having the opportunity to review A Cloud by Day, A Fire by Night because Tozer presents many interesting points and ideas. From his first chapter, Seeking Direction, in which he discusses his journey to starting a new church to his last words of encouragement reminding us that "there is nothing that could ever happen to us that God has not prepared us for" (162), I have found many words of wisdom. In fact, I have over a dozen passages marked off to reread and just as many notes for myself from the book.
Each chapter is set up in a similar fashion with a prayer at the beginning, the main body of text, and an excerpt from a hymn that relates to the chapter. Personally, I like that I can go through the book and read the prayers again separately from the reading of the rest of the book.
I love how the title of the book – A Cloud by Day, A Fire by Night – helps set up Tozer's entire work as he references the story of Moses and the Israelites. Their journey is woven through Tozer's book and there are connections provided to our lives today. I also found the introduction of the book extremely helpful.
I recommend A Cloud by Day, A Fire by Night: Finding and Following God's Will for You. The short chapters make the book perfect to read via one chapter a day. It is simple at first glance but it covers many complex topics – we are warned about embracing the enemy, reminded that God is always with us, and reminded that God loves us always.
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