Gods at War, Student Edition: The Battle for Your Heart That Will Define Your Life
This was a great book. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect when I started reading it, but once I began I couldn't put it down. I received this book as a ARC, and below are my thoughts.
This book is appropriate for a High School or Older Audience.
+It Brings in Culture Students Can Relate to.
+Very Whitty. Multiple times I laughed out loud. Not a boring read in any way.
+Very Much to the point. Each chapter describes a different god that often rules our life.
+There are boxed sections for added stories. Also at the the end there are Idol ID's which help the reader see if this is a god in their life. Also a "Choose Jesus" section at the end of each chapter --NOT Decision Theology-- rather how to make God the center of our life.
+There is lots of Scripture!!!
+Very Relateable Illustrations.
Only Negative thing would be the end left me wanting more.
I would STRONGLY Recommend this book to ANY Student.
February 14, 2014
Clearly explained and absolutely relevant
If someone were to ask you to name all of the Ten Commandments, could you do it? What about the second commandment in particular? The one that says Ã¢ÂÂYou shall not make for yourself an idol.Ã¢ÂÂ I know I have often overlooked that one because it seems obsolete. No golden calves here, not a one. So, IÃ¢ÂÂm good. Right? WRONG!
Idleman points out very clearly that idols come in all shapes and sizes, and he devotes a chapter to each of the main ones that students (and adults) put on the throne of life. The god of entertainment is a good example. Although Idleman makes it clear that watching a little television or spending time playing video games is not a sin, putting these things ahead of God definitely is. Anything can become an idol if it replaces God in your life.
In this book, idolatry in its modern form is clearly defined and explained. Age appropriate examples are included. The organization of the book is simple and easy to follow. There are also healthy doses of humor and interesting facts. I highly recommend this book for students. So many things try to lay claim to our hearts, but God and only God can truly fill the void. Anything else is a poor substitute.
In accordance with FTC guidelines, please note that I received a free advanced copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
February 11, 2014
Great and VERY Relevent!!
In his book, Kyle addresses a topic that is becoming increasingly more relevant as our modern day gives birth constantly to "masked" temptations and, later, obsessions. These "masked" temptations are advertised as harmless fun and something that everyone is doing. Of course using the "bandwagon" technique works like magic every time. Such things that have already succeeded at overwhelming people's lives are electronics (TV, computer, Ipods, phones), excessive use of social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc.), and desire for/purchasing of material things. This is a daily battle for the majority of teens in today's world, and it's spot-on how Kyle says that these things are, in many cases, replacing God in our lives. He then reveals how we can find our way back to God and learn to remove the idols of our modern world from our lives, so we can become pure once again. A great book that is worth reading!!
Thank you Zondervan for my ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review!!
February 7, 2014
Mr. Idleman is well known from his book, Not A Fan, and having read that book, I had very high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, it didnÃ¢ÂÂt live up to all of them.
This book is well written, with his trademark conversational tone and covers a very important subject: idolatry. Mr. Idleman points out that idols are all around us and sometimes arenÃ¢ÂÂt even a tangible object. He covers the most common/popular ones with much thought and detail. He leads us through the journey of how they become an idol and offers questions to help you see if you have them in your own life. Ã¢ÂÂIdols are defeated not by being removed, but by being replaced,Ã¢ÂÂ could be the tagline for this book. It is stated at the end of each chapter and is thrown in the middle for good measure. I appreciate how much research has gone into this book. He offers statistics of how each possible idol has progressed and become forefront in our society. There are also Bible verses that correspond with each and show GodÃ¢ÂÂs take on it.
While I enjoyed this book on one side, it irritated me on the other. There are little notes and comments on many of the pages and while some have a purpose, I found most of them to be pointless and annoying. Also, at the end of each chapter is a section titled Ã¢ÂÂChoosing JesusÃ¢ÂÂ and while it is very well done, IÃ¢ÂÂm rather confused as to who is the author. Is it Mr. Idleman? Or someone else? And why is it all in italics?
I would recommend this book for new Christians who want to become more committed to God and to rid themselves of some idols, who are trying to take His place.
I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book from Zondervan publishing for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have received no compensation for it.
January 29, 2014