Idleman is not a new author to me. I read and enjoyed his earlier work entitled not a fan. I feel like this is a step-up for Idleman as the book seems more developed than his last one. Overall, while it is lengthier than not a fan, it is still a fresh read without digging too deep. Check out more of my thoughts after the break.
The whole premise of the books is to get the reader to consider the things in life that sometimes take the place of God. Rather than God being first, we often place other gods in that place. Understanding what some of those things are and how they are constantly at war within us helps to break their power over our lives. Kyle focuses on common things such as success, money, sex, entertainment, family, and our own inner being as gods that are capable of taking priority in our life.
He tells us the problems with these gods and how they can impact specific parts of our lives. He uses examples of people he has met as well as Chuck Colson, who is a more familiar name. There are a few quotes that stood out in my reading and they are:
“We want to focus on the outside, but Jesus makes the point that it’s all about what’s inside. The heart is the battleground for the gods because everything flows from it.” (p. 36)
“God has ordered our lives in such a way that devotion to him is the top button. If that relationship is in proper order, then you’re going to find that every other relationship, whether family or friend, is going to fall into place in a far more satisfying way. But if you’re wrong on him, you’ll get everything else wrong too.” (p. 210)
I enjoyed the writing of Idleman the first time I read him and this time is no different. This is a book that anyone can read regardless of whether they have recently placed their faith in Christ or are a seasoned veteran. The gods that he talks about are gods that stay in our lives, but have to be controlled otherwise they will overtake us.
I would give this book four and a half stars out of five. The vocabulary is not too deep that you need a dictionary, but the words are not vague. It took me longer to read than I anticipated as I simply did not have as much time.
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