Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God AloneIdols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone
Elyse M. Fitzpatrick
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Are you feeling trapped in a pattern of habitual sin? Fitzpatrick believes that ungodly behaviors stem from a bigger problem---idolatry. Explaining that the Holy Spirit can change your heart, she offers guidance for understanding your weakness, putting Christ first, crushing false gods, avoiding legalism, and giving "undivided adoration" to your heavenly Father. 240 pages, softcover from P&R.

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    "The first and greatest commandment says that our relationship with God is a heart, soul, mind, and might matter. God-substitutes, both tangible and figurative, are similarly matters of heart, soul, mind, and might. Such false gods generate the garden-variety sins of irritability, self-pity, escapism, and anxiety, as well as the more extreme sins of anger, despair, addictions, and panic."
    -David Powlison
    "Elyse Fitzpatrick has a very high view of God and this book reflects that view. With great clarity and intriguing biblical illustrations, Elyse explains how the idols in our hearts compete with our affections for God. In a gentle way, she tells you how by God's grace to turn from your idols to a whole-hearted love for God."
    -Martha Peace,
    Biblical counselor and author
    "If you are struggling with desires, addictions, and harmful behaviors that seem too strong to overcome, perhaps you are worshipping an idol of the heart. Fitzpatrick explains what those idols might be and how to deal with them in a biblical way. Idols of the Heart is not just another self-help manual."
    -Dr. Ed Bulkley

    Excerpted from Idols of the Heart by Elyse Fitzpatrick.
    Presbyterian & Reformed, 2001
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