Review and Kindle sale: gods at war, by Kyle Idleman

March 12, 2013

I recently had the chance to read gods at war, by Kyle Idleman. This nonfiction book was released February 19, 2013 by Zondervan.

About this book (from the back cover):

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 Verdict:

I read Kyle Idleman’s last book, not a fan, at the recommendation of a friend, and was impressed by it. Idleman is one of the pastors at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, and while my husband and I lived in Louisville for grad school & seminary I was able to attend Southeast Christian for a few special events here and there. They had an Easter pageant that was amazing: the kind with live camels and angels on zip lines. Pretty spectacular. Anyway, it was the kind of church that would probably expect a lot from its pastors, so I expected a lot out of Idleman, and my expectations were met. There’s nothing new under the sun, so it’s hard to describe what makes this book about modern-day idolatry so interesting, but it is. He gives relatable anecdotes that illustrate his points well. For example, he makes a comparison between the passion we feel for sporting events to the passion (or lack thereof) that we feel for our involvement with our church. I’ve heard that comparison countless times, yet Idleman’s writing is so engaging that I found my husband and read that passage aloud to him. All in all, I highly recommend this book.

If you’d like to check out gods at war it is currently on sale for $8.89 for the Kindle version right now, which is 41% off. (Regularly $14.99.) If you prefer a hard copy it’s currently on sale for $10.19. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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