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Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart | [Kyle Idleman]

Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart

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.
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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

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    Fred Stellabotte Saint Johns, FL, US 06-13-13
    Fred Stellabotte Saint Johns, FL, US 06-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "One of the Best Books I have ever read .."
    If you could sum up Gods at War in three words, what would they be?

    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. .


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gods at War?

    When I saw many of the Idols in my life


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes ..


    Any additional comments?

    Listened 2 times already

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chelsea Holly, MI, United States 10-04-13
    Chelsea Holly, MI, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Really Challenging!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal Angier, NC, United States 04-07-13
    Crystal Angier, NC, United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Idols of the Heart"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    heesung koo 03-05-15
    heesung koo 03-05-15
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    "This is great book."
    What made the experience of listening to Gods at War the most enjoyable?

    even while I am driving I can read this amazing book.


    What other book might you compare Gods at War to and why?

    it is not comparable any other books. It is very practical and life-related issues with the word of God.


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Yes I like it a lot. Easy to concentrate.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    everything moves me by Holy Spirit


    Any additional comments?

    I really appreciate God that give the wisdom to write this kind of amazing book through Kyle Idleman. I pray that Pastor Kyle keeps delivering God's message to this and next generation. I believe this is great mission to guide correctly all Christians who misunderstand what to believe and worship.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hope ADRIAN, PA, United States 02-21-15
    Hope ADRIAN, PA, United States 02-21-15 Member Since 2011
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    "speaking truth"

    This like Kyle Idleman's other books is thought provoking & leads you to the cross.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good listen"

    Great narrator
    kept interested
    I have same views
    I will be listening to more soon
    love and Peace

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caleb 02-21-15
    Caleb 02-21-15
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    "Relevant read!"

    Kyle really helps relate idle worship to today's culture bringing our reality into perspective of God's Word. A must read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John 02-05-15
    John 02-05-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Light to dark heart"

    Kyle Idleman speaks plainly, bringing the metanarrative of Scripture alive in our everyday lives. I will probably read this several times over. Very helpful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    W Saint Charles, IL, United States 11-20-13
    W Saint Charles, IL, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Deep book for any serious minded Christ-Follower"
    Would you listen to Gods at War again? Why?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P. Koontz Marion, IN United States 08-06-15
    P. Koontz Marion, IN United States 08-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A real opener-A must read/listen"

    I do understand titlestitles normally have capital letters but in this case I would not make the word "gods" with a Capitol g, because there is only one God and this book is talking about idols being our gods. This is a very good book, and eye-opener.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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