A.W. Tozer was born in Pennsylvania in 1897. As he was returning home from work when he was 14, he was converted to Christianity as he heard a street preacher. Five years later without formal training, Tozer began 44 years of ministry and wrote more than 40 books. He and his wife never owned a car. Even after attaining a great deal of success as an author, he gave away much of his royalties to those in need.