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Booksneeze Review: Gods at War by Kyle Idleman #grow4christ

on August 5, 2013

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.

 

You can purchase the book at Zondervan.

 

My Opinion:

 

I think this book is one that all Christians should read, especially if you think that idols or false gods are golden calves or Buddha – think again.  False gods and idols surround us each and every day, unless we consciously remove them from our world and focus on the one True God.  One of the things that Kyle Idleman points out in his book is that “Anything at all can become an idol once it becomes a substitute for God in our lives.”   It doesn’t matter if it’s money, your family, adult websites – they can easily become idols if they are pushing out our time with the Lord and are replacing Him.

 

Kyle makes this book feel more as if you’re having a conversation with him face to face versus reading a book, it’s personable and not written in theological terms – which is great for a Christian at any stage.  One of the issues that he spoke of was family and children – and how some can make them their idols even if we don’t mean to do so and he says “God withholds his blessing in the very area in which we lift up false gods.”  That one got me to thinking as I’ve desired another child, have I lifted up my mindset of quiverfull and having more children to a god and that is why God hasn’t blessed us again?  It’s possible and definitely something to examine.

 

The subtitle for the book is Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart and that is really the crux of the matter. Kyle makes it clear this isn’t about not having fun but making sure the fun and the pleasure that comes from those things (with the exception of adult things) doesn’t replace God in our lives.  The book is divided into four parts which cover gods at war, the temple of pleasure, the temple of power and the temple of love.  This book may make some uncomfortable but given that Christianity was never meant to be a comfortable faith, this stands to reason that by refining our worship lives and putting the things in our life in order with God at the head life could get a little uncomfortable – and God can and will bless that.

 

 

 

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