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Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Beacon Hill Press
Publication Date: 2010
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Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God AloneElyse M. FitzpatrickP & R Publishing / 2002 / Trade Paperback$11.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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Breaking the Idols of Your Heart: How to Navigate the Temptations of LifeDan B. Allender Ph.D., Tremper Longman IIIInterVarsity Press / 2007 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of IdolatryG.K. BealeIVP Academic / 2008 / Trade Paperback$22.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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In The Baal Conspiracy, author Al Truesdale exposes the truth behind what this Baal conspiracy meant for the Canaanites: that God, in fact, cannot be denied or shared in any form of worship. With solid biblical scholarship, Truesdale employs historical fiction to explain and explore how Christians can confront and defeat the Baal conspiracy in the Church and in daily living.
The book chronicles several historical periods of the Bible that present the Baal conspiracy in action, from Elijah's victory on Mount Carmel to power issues within the Corinthian church. It employs first-person narratives of historical and fictional characters to display clearly how God's people were led astray by the scheme and how they were faithfully redeemed every time by God's loving hand. Before almost every chapter, Truesdale includes a preface that provides background information, explains the specific form of the conspiracy depicted, and lists of corresponding Bible verses. As a longtime professor of philosophy of religion and Christian ethics, Truesdale's profound biblical insights help readers gain a fuller understanding of the selected passages, and his use of first person narrative makes the stories more vivid and dynamic.
"Battling and overcoming the Conspiracy in one's own life and in the Church requires rigorous honesty, discernment, and humility," says Truesdale, who goes on to emphasize the Churchs strength as a community when under fire from Satan. The Baal conspiracy may sound daunting, but comfort can be taken in Jesus' words to Peter in Matthew 16:18, "On this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not overcome it." For his final Bible story, Truesdale selects Christs triumph over Satans wilderness temptations to give reassurance that as long as we align ourselves with Christ, Satan is powerless to corrupt our worship.
The Baal Conspiracy's strength lies within its narratives, which come to life and offer dramatic proof of God's mercy and justice in his dealings with his people. Truesdale's biblical scholarship is on full display, and although the historical details can be a bit tedious, the book succeeds in explaining the issues from all sides. (Such as the Israelites' perceived economic benefits of worshiping Baal.) This book is recommended for Christians of all ages and would be a valuable resource for an adult Sunday school class or a group Bible study. Nicolas Van Heest, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com