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No Other Gods: Confronting Our Modern-Day Idols

David C. Cook / 2008 / Paperback

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Idol worship may seem like ancient history, but the modern-day version---from family and finances to soccer and day-care---can compete with God's rightful place in our lives. Minter explores what happens when good desires become objects of worship---and shows you how to exchange everyday gods for the one true God.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0781448972
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When the Bible warns believers against worshipping false gods, the commandment seems way too much like a no brainer. Of course, you don’t bow down to some ugly gold statue. Got it. But in No Other Gods, singer/songwriter, author and speaker Kelly Minter speaks about the idols that hit a little closer to home: a loving home, financial security, the man of your dreams. In a friendly, conversational style that hits you between the eyes without needlessly talking down to readers, Minter provides a provocative reminder of what’s really important in God’s economy. And while the message is targeted to a female demo, guys could find plenty of takeaway value here, too.

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Minter—worship leader, songwriter and author of the popular Living Room series of Bible study guides—offers readers surprising depth and breadth in this book on modern-day idols. It would have been easy to focus on surface idols such as materialism, beauty and media, and Minter does touch on those things, but she digs deeper into the false gods we really worship, using examples from the Bible throughout. “Simply put, it’s anything and everything that takes the place of God in my life,” she explains. She first establishes that God is personal, desiring a relationship with each of his children, then explains why we are so drawn to idolatry instead of that relationship. She describes core issues such as “being unloved or perpetually un-chosen,” the pain of not having enough (insert love or children or significance) and the lie that something other than God can meet deep needs. There are chapters on what idols look like, the pitfalls of legalism and the difficult issue of surrender. Minter does a fair amount of soul-searching, all with a healthy dose of humor that will have readers laughing while examining their hearts. Although it’s marketed to women, this book will have a wide appeal to all Christian readers. (Apr.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Must Read by Kelly Minter!
    May 10, 2016
    Amelia
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    hen some people think of idols, they may think of the statue gods that are worshipped in the Old Testament. However, No Other Gods: Confronting Our Modern-Day Idols, by Kelly Minter gives a fresh perspective to idolatry, and reveals what idols today could be hindering ones relationship with the Lord. This book is challenging for believers and non-believers alike. For the non-believer, it teaches about the one true God and how how there is no other god but Jesus Christ. For the believer, it helps remind us of what things in our life have been made more important than our relationship with God.

    At the beginning of the book, Kelly describes a visit she had to a museum, and how one stone statue caught her eye. She immediately questioned how people could put trust and belief into a stone. That is when the Lord revealed to her that she does it all the time, just with different things. Minter states, If I could display the images that splashed through my mind, you would have seen that statue turn into familiar faces from my life, career paths, and dreams. Not necessarily bad things, just things that had become detrimental because I had exalted them as gods, things that I believed could bring me life.

    One of my favorite parts in the book was when Kelly told the stories of Leah and Rachel who were two sisters from the Bible. Leah spent her life trying to gain the affections of Jacob because she continually felt unloved and wanted the kind of affection from him that Rachel had. However, Rachel spent her life discontent because she wanted lots of kids like Leah had, and lived her life jealous and unsatisfied because that desire was not fulfilled (To read more of Rachel and Leahs story go to Genesis 29:31-30:24). The desire to be loved by a husband or a desire for children are not bad desires, and ones that all women can relate to. Although, when such desires are our primary source of satisfaction then they become false gods that never satisfy. Throughout the book, Minter helps readers recognize what these false gods are in their life and then draws them to the ultimate source of satisfaction which is Jesus Christ.

    I highly enjoyed reading this book, and was challenged greatly. Kelly wrote in such a way that made me feel I was sitting and having coffee with her discussing God and life. It was hard in parts because it convicted me of things in my life that I had made into idols, but helped grow my relationship with the Lord tremendously. As mentioned earlier, our idols may not be bad in and of themselves, but anything that is elevated and made more important than Christ is considered a false god. Some examples in your life could be relationships, family, financial security, private hopes and dreams, etc; but as John Calvin states, The evil in our desire typically does not lie in what we want, but that we want it too much. Take some time today and ask the Lord to show you what things in your life that you are putting before Him and allow your relationship with Him be the most important thing in your life above all else.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 2, 2008
    Cynthia Bennett
    I feel God had Kelly Minter write this book just for me. At this time in my life, I am living what this book is all about. I have been recommending and telling everyone about this book. It's very well written, informative and with a splash of humor. One of the best books I've read in a long time
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 30, 2008
    kate
    I was able to see and hear Kelly in person last night. I bought her book and it is fantastic! I am now wanting to do the bible study that comes with it. She also sings beautifully!!
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