Thursday, February 12, 2015

Book Review: "Gods at War" (Kyle Idleman)

Human beings were designed to worship something.

Could be you worship part of whatever religion you espouse.

Could also be things that aren't quite so religious. What if you realized you worship money? success? relationships? accomplishments? entertainment? food?

And if you knew the consequences of what you've chosen to worship ... would you choose differently?

That's the premise of Kyle Idleman's book, Gods at War: Defeating the Idols That Battle for Your Heart. He writes from a Judeo-Christian worldview with Scripture references and uses seamless exegesis in his stance.

His style is genuine, credible, and unapologetic. You know exactly where he lands from the very first words of his book, and you don't doubt his heart for his readers, as his concern and compassion show through very clearly.

Idols come in so many shapes and sizes. We often don't even recognize them for what they are and how much they mean to us.

You eat food to fill a void inside ... 

You take a shopping spree to soothe a disappointment ...

You lose one relationship and dive immediately into another because you can't stand to be alone...

You sacrifice time with friends or family, or both, in your haste to climb the corporate ladder to success ...

What if you're pursuing the wrong things? What if your heart isn't designed to honor things like that? What if you don't find lasting fulfillment on this earth, even though you sacrifice everything else that was once important to you?

Idleman shares personal stories and anecdotes from his own life and experiences as a counselor and pastor, and, quite simply, as another human being designed to worship something. With poignant, piercing questions designed to inventory the state of your heart, he reveals truth according to the Bible: it's too easy to become what you worship, especially if you worship the wrong thing.

You were designed to worship something. What will you choose?

Pick up the book and read it. You won't think the same way about your life afterward.

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Author: Kyle Idleman
Title: Gods at War: Defeating the Idols That Battle for Your Heart
ISBN: 978-0-310-31884-2
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Disclaimer: The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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