Thursday, April 11, 2013

gods at war by Kyle Idleman

About the Book
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.

My Thoughts
It's kinda hard for me to write this review, because while this book was well written and had some good points I didn't feel like it taught me anything. Growing up in a strong Christian home I have learned early on about how God gave us things for our enjoyment but we need to be careful not to put them in a place above Him. I was hoping that this book would have some new and/or interesting thoughts on the subject but it just felt very basic. That being said, this would be a great book for younger Christians who might not have realized how things, activities, and even people can become idols in our lives. I'm not saying that I'm perfect and God is always #1 in my life, I'm not and there have been many times when I have wrongly put other things before God. It's just that this book didn't tell me anything I didn't previously know. It was still a great book that I would gladly recommend!

About the Author
Kyle Idleman is the Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fourth largest
church in America. He is the author of the award-winning and best-selling book not a fan. He is also the presenter of several video curricula, including not a fan, H2O, and the newly released study gods at war.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Kelly Blackwell @ Heres My Take On It said...

Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a really helpful read. :)

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