Tozer was a man driven by a desire to know God in His fullness. Jon Graf, in his study guide to The Pursuit of God, said that Tozer once confessed to his lifelong friend Robert Battles, “I want to love God more than anyone in my generation.” Graf goes on to say, “To some of us that may sound selfish and arrogant, but for Tozer it wasn’t. It simply came out of an honest desire to enrich his relationship with the Lord.”
The desire to know God more deeply and more intimately naturally led Tozer to study God’s attributes. As he himself said in this very volume,
Christianity at any given time is strong or weak depending upon her concept of God. And I insist upon this and I have said it many times, that the basic trouble with the Church today is her unworthy conception of God. (p. 41)
A. W. Tozer and David E. Fessenden, The Attributes of God: Study Guide, vol. 1 (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread, 2003–), 5.