God’s At War Review
Here is what amazon says:
In gods at war, Kyle Idleman, bestselling author of not a fan, helps every believer recognize 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.
If you have read Not A Fan, then you don’t want to miss out on God’s At War. Kyle Idleman has gone and done it again with this amazing book. I think this is a resource that everyone will want in their library, especially if you work with teens, young adults, college students and/or involved in the ministry.
Idleman begins with asking great questions:
- What disappoints you?
- What do you complain about the most?
- Where do you make financial sacrifices?
- What worries you?
- Where is your sanctuary?
- What infuriates you?
- What are your dreams?
Idleman rightly states that these things are not bad in and of themselves. It is good and well to dream, to seek sanctuary. The primary issue is when these felt needs are ultimate as compared to eternal needs.
Here are some things that are addressed:
- Idols are ANYTHING that is more important than God
- Money, Greed, and Debt can all be idols
- “Good times” such as drugs, drinking and sexual immorality are all idols
- People can become an idol
- Work can become an idol
- Living in fantasy vs reality can be an idol
I think this book is very important for all of us in this day and age. We should not just feel bad about sin but we must realize that we cannot do certain things and engage in certain behaviors. However, there is so much more going on than what is good and what is bad. The answer is simple: Idolatry. If you have accepted Christ as your personal savior, you simply cannot live on both sides of the fence. You must decide. God does not want your spouse, career, children, pleasure, control and other activities or behaviors to root in and take His rightful place in your life. So why do WE allow them to take control? Because simply put they become idols. Yes, even Christians with good intentions can have idols.
I highly recommend this book! I give it a 5/5.
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