I recently finished reading Lyle Dorsett’s biography of A. W. Tozer “A Passion for God”, and I have to say there was some disappointment with Tozer’s life. While he pursued his ministry and devotion toward God with amazing vigor, the testimony of his wife and children seems to point to a failure with his role as father and husband.
It’s good advice that we never elevate any one person to a position of flawlessness. We all have flaws, and truth be known, if each of our lives were to be examined and written about, there would be many things in our own lives that could be painted in a very negative light.
One thing is for sure, Tozer’s ministry and books are valuable for Christians.
John Piper and Sean Lucas have weighed in with some wisdom, particularly pay attention to Piper’s comments on emotional blackmail. This is something we should bear in mind, whether Tozer was guilty or not.