What do Netflix, our desire for the corner office, and that perfect picture we just posted on Instagram have to do with each other? None of these things is wrong in itself. But when we begin to allow entertainment, success, or social media to control us, we miss out on the joy of God’s rule in our hearts.
In Gods at War, Pastor Kyle Idleman, bestselling author of Not a Fan, helps every believer recognize there are false gods at war within each of us, and they battle for the place of glory and control in our lives.
According to Idleman, idolatry isn’t an issue?it is the issue.
By asking insightful questions, Idleman reveals which false gods each of us are allowing on the throne of our lives. What do you sacrifice for? What makes you mad? What do you worry about? Whose applause do you long for? We’re all wired for worship, but we often end up valuing and honoring the idols of money, sex, food, romance, success, and many others that keep us from the intimate relationship with God that we desire.
In this updated edition, Pastor Kyle adds a new introduction as well as new content about the battle many of us face with technology—whether we are tempted to send just one more text, stay online when our bodies need rest, or find ourselves putting email before in-person relationships. How can we seek God with our whole hearts instead?
Using true, powerful, and honest testimonies of those who have struggled in each area, Gods at War illustrates a clear path away from the heartache of our 21st century idolatry back to the heart of God—enabling us to truly be completely committed followers of Jesus.
The teaching pastor of the fourth largest church in the U.S. follows his blockbuster Not a Fan with a hard-hitting book about the allure of idols: money, sex, food, power, achievement, and family. He weaves Bible text explication with contemporary or classical Christian thought and personal stories. In his chapter on the "god of family," for example, he explicates Genesis 22 on Abraham's test with Isaac, quotes a story by C.S. Lewis, then does not let himself off the hook in showing how he can make his own family an idol. He then turns the challenge to the reader. A distinctive and increasingly popular feature included is QR codes that take readers to more web content on a particular theme. Idleman's tone is authentic and theologically mature for a relatively new voice on the scene, and companion preaching videos make this a package that faith explorers and long-time Christians will appreciate in home groups and church classes as well. Idleman is not a one-hit wonder, but with a pastor's edge and comprehensive approach shows he's engaged in the battle to turn readers' hearts to God.