In Gods at War, Kyle Idleman, best-selling author of Not a Fan, helps every believer recognize that there are false gods at war within each of us, and they battle for the place of glory and control in our lives. What keeps us from truly following Jesus is that our hearts are pursuing something or someone else. While these pursuits may not be the “graven images” of old, they are in fact modern day idols. Behind the sin you’re struggling with, the discouragement you’re dealing with, the lack of purpose you’re living with is a false god that is winning the war for your heart.
According to Idleman, idolatry isn’t an issue - it is the issue.
By asking insightful questions, Idleman reveals which false gods each of us are allowing on the throne of our lives. What do you sacrifice for? What makes you mad? What do you worry about? Whose applause do you long for? We’re all wired for worship, but we often end up valuing and honoring the idols of money, sex, food, romance, success, and many others that keep us from the intimate relationship with God that we desire.
Using true, powerful and honest testimonies of those who have struggled in each area, Gods at War illustrates a clear path away from the heartache of our 21st century idolatry back to the heart of God - enabling us to truly be completely committed followers of Jesus.
©2013 Kyle Idleman (P)2013 Zondervan
If you want Jesus dead center if your life, this is a very important book. If you feel that things are out of control, this book has some very good advice. If you are a long time believer in Jesus, but things have got a bit stale, this book will show you some good reasons why.
The writing is clear (not too many big words :), the narration is excellent, easy on the ear.
No one book on our relationship with the Lord can stand by it self, except the Bible, but this book should be in your literary tool chest. .
When I saw many of the Idols in my life
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I rated this book a 4 because it is an important topic for any Christ-follower. I liked Tim Keller's Counterfeit Gods more than this book, but found reading this one a good refresher. I have never read an Idleman book before, but would easily do so in the future as I agree with his theological conclusions.
I did not love the narrator and I didn't think the audiobook was as clean as it could be. For example, I do not know why they felt it necessary to cite the citations while the narrator read the footnotes. I don't think the reader can memorize a web address and drive a car at the same time. At least this listener cannot!
Overall, this was an important read. It challenged me and I would recommend it to those in my church.
Absolutely! I'm hoping to use it in our young adults group at church!
It wasn't until this book that I truly believed that, like most American Christians, I had two major idols in my life that prevent me from having the relationship with Christ he (and I) desire. This author and pastor obviously has a ton of experience working with people in identifying idols; he only just scratched the surface on the subject of common idols in American culture - and gave pointers for ID-ing other possible culprits in our lives. And then he actually gave suggestions on how we might replace these idols with our one true God.
There were certainly moments of laughter - the author has a way of telling stories anyone can relate to (not to mention the reader knew exactly how to read the comic points). However, I definitely found myself crying when I realized I had idols in my life that God so desperately wants me to destroy. Additionally, I listen to my books primarily in the car and found myself wishing I could stop in the middle of rush hour traffic to write things down.
I would recommend this book to a friend because of its thought-provoking content. The idea of the book is that sinful people set up idols for themselves. Many people often think that the third commandment is just not something they struggle with, but this book pushes the idea that we all set up idols in our hearts--money, sex, food, relationships, etc. The book encourages people to set God in His rightful place.
Heart Idolitry Exposed
He was a great voice actor for this non-fiction book and he captured the author.
No you need time after each chapter to reflect, pray and consider the message.
The book has great story telling and hard truth that all people need to hear. Even the most devout and well meaning folks have idols that we worship without even realizing it. Idleman helps expose these and the love of Christ needed to overcome them.
Without a doubt, this is the most impacting and straight forward book of its kind I've read so far this year. It's bold and direct without being dogmatic or unnecessarily offensive, and it is one of those rare books that I think will find a place of relevance and connection with anyone brave enough to read it.
I didn't really have a favorite character. I enjoyed them all.
I didn't really have a favorite. I believe he did a great job reading the book with great expression and timing!
"THE FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFETIME!"
Kyle Idleman has a uniquely kind way of saying, "NO MORE GAMES! Are you a "Christian" OR Not!" I really enjoy his teachings God has really "Blessed" him to be a "Successful" communicator and teacher. If you read the book you will understand why I emphasized "Blessed" and "Successful" :)
This is a very impactful book for me. I knew about the sin of idolatry, but I thought it was the one sin I no longer committed. This book opened my eyes to what true idolatry looks like in my time, in my life. I have had so many epiphanies that I have bought the Bible Study DVDs for presentation to church groups. This is a must read for all those wanting to be better Christians.
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