Breaking the Idols of Your Heart: How to Navigate the Temptations of Life
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Breaking the Idols of Your Heart: How to Navigate the Temptations of Life

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We all want to know our lives matter. So did the Teacher in Ecclesiastes. He invested time and energy in every activity he could think of that might bring meaning and purpose to his life but found only disappointment, frustration, hopelessness.

In our thirst for significance we, like the Teacher, give our lives---our time, talents, strength, heart---to anything we think will give us worth and purpose: Power. Relationships. Money. Pleasure. Work. But worshiping these idols has a high cost---and still doesn't bring the fulfillment we long for.

In Breaking the Idols of Your Heart, Dan Allender and Tremper Longman illuminate for us the Teacher's warnings and, after all his activities, his final radiant conclusion: Meaning and purpose come only when God is truly the center of our life and the object of our hope. Using a compelling fictional narrative at the start of each chapter to encourage reflection on our own life and the lives of family and friends, the authors lead us through Ecclesiastes to help us recognize and exchange cheap pursuits for the only One worth pursuing.

Ecclesiastes is not an easy book to read, because transferring our worship from money, power and fame to God is not an easy road to travel. But as the Teacher discovered and wrote down for us, it leads to one conclusion: life lived abundantly, in freedom, hope, purpose, meaning.

Discussion questions included.

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Title: Breaking the Idols of Your Heart: How to Navigate the Temptations of Life
By: Dan B. Allender Ph.D., Tremper Longman III
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 9 ounces
ISBN: 0830834419
ISBN-13: 9780830834419
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We all want to know our lives matter. So did the Teacher in Ecclesiastes. He invested time and energy in every activity he could think of that might bring meaning and purpose to his life but found only disappointment, frustration, hopelessness. In our thirst for significance we, like the Teacher, give our lives--our time, talents, strength, heart--to anything we think will give us worth and purpose: Power. Relationships. Money. Pleasure. Work. But worshiping these idols has a high cost--and still doesn't bring the fulfillment we long for. In Breaking the Idols of Your Heart Dan Allender and Tremper Longman illuminate for us the Teacher's warnings and, after all his activities, his final radiant conclusion: Meaning and purpose come only when God is truly the center of our life and the object of our hope. Using a compelling fictional narrative at the start of each chapter to encourage reflection on our own life and the lives of family and friends, the authors lead us through Ecclesiastes to help us recognize and exchange cheap pursuits for the only One worth pursuing. Ecclesiastes is not an easy book to read, because transferring our worship from money, power and fame to God is not an easy road to travel. But as the Teacher discovered and wrote down for us, it leads to one conclusion: life lived abundantly, in freedom, hope, purpose, meaning.

Author Bio

Dan B. Allender is a professor of counseling and president of Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, Washington.


Tremper Longman III is a professor of biblical studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Together Dan and Tremper authored the bestselling book Bold Love (NavPress) as well as The Intimate Mystery and Intimate Marriage Bible studies (InterVarsity Press).

Editorial Reviews

"A gripping story with much helpful biblical insight."

-- Brian Borgeman, Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, 2008

"This book possesses high quality, depth, and practicality. I am impressed with its sound biblical approachs, its contemporary handling of Scripture, and its faithfulness in interpreting and applying the Word. Both writers have unusual insights into the postmodern mind because of their sound biblical and theological ability to bring the Scripture to bear on our setting."

-- equip magazine, issue three 07

"What makes Breaking the Idols of Your Heart exceptional is the mix of psychological depth and biblical insight. In the end, readers know change is possible if they?ll honestly face their own idols."

-- CBA Retailers Resources, September 2007

"Both writers have unusual insights into the postmodern mind because of their sound biblical and theological ability to bring the Scripture to bear on our setting."

-- Equip, Issue 3, 2007

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