Gods at War Student Edition: The battle for your heart that will define your life

Gods at War Student Edition: The battle for your heart that will define your life

by Kyle Idleman
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Gods at War: Student Edition: The battle for your heart that will define your life 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
The_Loopy_Librarian More than 1 year ago
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 “You shall not make for yourself an idol.” I know I have often overlooked that one because it seems obsolete. No golden calves here, not a one. So, I’m 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a really good book to reveal the idols in our lives. Some of them I hadn't even thought of as idols. I like the true stories to help. It makes me feel like I REALLY need to de-throne the idols in my life. Over all, this is a great Christian book to help you with your walk with Christ!
theupsidedownreader More than 1 year ago
So recently, I requested the book Gods at War: Student Edition from BookLook. It is an interesting book: All sin can be traced to idolatry. Here is the summary if you would like to know more:  In this student edition of gods at war, Kyle Idleman, bestselling author of not a fan, helps us recognize there are false gods at war within each of us, and they battle for the place of glory and control in our lives. What keeps us from truly following Jesus Christ is that our hearts are pursuing something or someone else like money or popularity. While these pursuits may not be the “graven images” of old, they are in fact modern day idols. Behind the sin you’re struggling with, the fear you’re dealing with, the lack of purpose you’re living with is a false god that is winning the war for your heart. I really don't have a lot to say about this book. It is a cool concept, and a true concept that almost all sin in based on idolatry. It was just.....I really cannot explain it. I enjoyed the beginning of this book, but I felt I was going to be reading the same thing until I finished it. All things can be based on idolatry. I do not mean to discredit the author, but I just had no desire to keep reading. I had to force myself. It also isn't really the genre I like either so I can't complain! 
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Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book because it was straight forward and easy to read. There were also places to pause and reflect on what you were reading. I feel as though there was a main theme in the book. To me it was following the Commandments, and picking God over false profits will lead you to a better life with God. I really liked the true accounts, and they made me feel like I was not alone. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
Great book! 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 didn’t 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 aren’t 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. “Idols are defeated not by being removed, but by being replaced,” 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 God’s 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 “Choosing Jesus” and while it is very well done, I’m 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.
mojo_turbo More than 1 year ago
Kyle Idleman is a Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Kentucky. He is also the author of the book Not A Fan. His new book for students "God's at War" is a look at the idols and voices that pull us as Christians away from God. Why is that we never have time for the things that matter? Why is it that we sometimes listen to our own voice and not God's? Is it possible that even though we don't bow down to statues, that modern people still have "idols" that we "worship" with our time and money? Kyle writes a book - geared to teens and college aged youth that helps them to explore the many ways in which idolatry becomes an issue. Through the book Kyle looks at sex, entertainment, materialism, success and vanity and really brings each "idol" face to face with the reader.  This is a great edition for teens and I would certainly recommend it for study or curriculum in a youth group setting. Thank you to Zondervan for this preview copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.