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Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart

Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart [Kindle Edition]

Kyle Idleman
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In gods at war, 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. What keeps us from truly following Jesus is that our hearts are pursuing something or someone else.  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 discouragement you’re dealing with, the lack of purpose you’re living with is a false god that is winning the war for your heart.


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.


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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1922 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
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  • Publisher: Zondervan (19 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A68WLAI
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 21 April 2014
By Loualaw
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There wasn't a part I didn't dislike, the author is a likeable man of God who spells the importance of having God first in our lives, out exceptionally well.

I liked his footnotes, they were humorous without taking away the sincerity and seriousness of the topic being handled. I loved the memorable stories he used to highlight the points he was making, too.

God wants to be first in our lives and rightfully deserves that glorious place. I recommend you pick this book up and place your idols down; we all have idols that God wants to replace and this book can help identify them and place Him back in his rightful position.

I'd recommend this book to everybody.
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5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended 26 Mar 2014
By cmegarz
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ive never read a book that i wanted to reread again even while im still in the middle of it. i love how God used pastr kyle to help others see the gods theyre at war with. awesome. very very good read. i realised even more that im helpless without the ONE TRUE GOD JESUS CHRIST
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gods at War by Kyle Idleman 19 Mar 2013
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This book is based around the simple concept that people are created to worship, and that the question is therefore not, `Do we worship?' but `Who/what do we worship?' All of us are guilty of idol worship, and Kyle Idleman deals with one idol per chapter, looking at things like money, family, job and self to ask whether they are idols in our lives, and how we ought to replace them with Jesus.

I think this book is absolutely outstanding. Kyle Idleman is encouraging, funny, challenging, biblical, Jesus-focused, and a good story teller. Reading each chapter is like savouring a richly-flavoured meal, but instead of tastebuds being hit it's your soul being exposed for the idol worshipper you are. Each chapter is challenging and intensely practical, asking probing questions which make it easy to apply them.

It's filled with good stories and links to more detail about them, as well as being packed with references to high quality books so reading this ought to be the start of an adventure rather than a goal in itself. There are also plenty of cheeky footnotes which made me laugh a lot; this is not some academic study in idol worship but a radically challenging and instantly applicable handbook.

If you think you need to read this book, you definitely do; it's probably the best I've seen on replacing our idols with Jesus. And if you think you don't need to the chances are that you're in even more need of it because you're unaware of your own idols!

I got this ebook for free from in exchange for an honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read layman layout 16 Mar 2013
By nanigurl - Published on
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Kyle Idelman does it again first with Not a Fan and now this winner. Book is simply put in laymans terms. Idols are anything that's more important than G-d. In today's age, the idols are money (greed, debt, never satisfied), good times (revelry, drugging, drinking, sexual immorality), people (obession with loved ones) Workaholic syndrome, fantasy land syndrome mentalities. A must read to open ones eyes to what really is your god of choice. Timothy Keller's Counterfiet gods was a heavy duty theological book, a good book no doubt, but Idelman's easy straightforward style keeps you hooked and really lays it out.

The saying goes where you spend most of your money and focus your attention on the most is an indicator of what rules your heart (what you idolize)... Please read this book
44 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Battle's Won 4 April 2013
By Martin - Published on
In Ken Idleman's God's at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart, write's of the battle of the heart. Idleman starts with an intriguing statement: "Idoltary isn't an issue; it is the issue." Biblical counseling will often lead us to explore rival hopes. Our heart is naturally inclined to hope and we misplace hope in love of people, places and things rather than pursuit of the one true God. So, in a sense, I agree with Idleman, that this is an important issue. However, the issue is our fundamental need for reconciliation with God, which leads us to the gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ must be the issue that we come back to. Idleman leads us to Christ throughout the book, though the gospel is often not central.

Idleman begins with asking great questions. Rival hopes can be difficult to identify and the timely interrogative can help the diagnosis. Some helpful interrogatives:

What disappoints you?
What do you complain about the most?
Where do you make financial sacrifices?
What worries you?
Where is your sanctuary?
What infuriates you?
What are your dreams?
Idleman rightly states that these things are not bad in and of themselves. It is good and well to dream, to seek sanctuary. The primary issue is when these felt needs are ultimate as compared to eternal needs.

Idleman then walks through several prominent rival hopes found in an affluent Western culture, which he categorizes as pleasure, power and love. They are:


Though not exhaustive (if this were possible) the list is a great and challenging start. Each chapter on specific rival hopes ends with equally helpful questions.

In each of these sections Idleman takes us to the only hope for this life, found in the person and work of Christ. Idleman wisely helps us see how these rival hopes can be fulfilled in Christ. He says:

Jesus is our portion, our feast
Jesus is our greatest joy imaginable, our satisfaction
Jesus is our passion
Jesus is our purpose
Jesus is our provider
Jesus is our identity
Jesus is our everything

All in all the book does well to point to rival hopes and turn toward Christ. Yet, identification of rival hopes, could become a rival hope. I fear that an unhealthy introspection could result from asking all these good questions and considering rival hopes. The war though, has been won, the battle is over, won by Christ himself. Fight sin, yes, but as you do, acknowledge that you are not the victor, but Christ in his perfect substitutionary death is victorious.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does God allow rivals 2 Mar 2013
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Does God allow rivals? Will God allow our spouse, career, children, pleasure, control, or any other activity or desire to supplant his rightful place in our life? These seem like rhetorical questions, with the obvious answer being "No." But why do we allow them to push God aside?

Author and pastor Kyle Idleman cuts to the heart of the matter when he exposes that each one of us struggles with idol worship. In fact, he says it is the number one issue that keeps us from living for God. He explains that at different times in our lives, we worship food, sex, entertainment, success, money, achievement, romance, family, and/or me rather than God. Each one conspires to keep us from the intimacy with God that we desire.

Idleman uses Scripture, personal examples, and current events to explain his points. Each chapter ends with practical ideas on what to do next. As he explains, it is not enough to merely identify and defeat the idol, we have to replace it with something better, namely, a relationship with God himself.

I found the book to be insightful and helpful. I chanced to read the following paragraphs on the same day the Pope gave his final address which included his feelings that "God was asleep at times."

God withholds his blessing in the very areas in which we lift up false gods.

For example, has anyone notice any significant economic problems in our money-obsessed culture lately?

How about problems with food--obesity, junk food issues, nutritional issues?

What about sex? Anybody see any sexual dysfunction in our culture?

How about the entertainment industry? Isn't it interesting that one of the most common complaints of our entertainment-saturated society is boredom?

We shouldn't be surprised. After all, why would the Lord God bless us in the area that represents his greatest competition? So ask yourself: Is it possible that you're seeing a financial drought, a sexual satisfaction drought, or some other kind of challenge, because you want it so bad that it has become a god?

Perhaps it is not that God is asleep, but that we stopped listening to him and started worshipping other gods.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Needed 19 Feb 2013
By btcbaseball - Published on
'gods at war' is a very important book for our society and our churches. It's important to not only feel bad about sin or realize that we shouldn't do certain things or behave certain ways. That's all fine. But, biblically speaking, there's a whole lot more going on than just good or bad choices, good or bad behaviors. In fact, those things are relatively minor compared to the real issue: idolatry.

The Bible is pretty clear that life isn't just about behaving certain ways or thinking certain ways; those things are just a reflection of which god (or God) you have pledged to give your allegiance. And there can only be one.

Kyle Idleman does a great job in 'gods at war' of not only identifying that there is a problem, but also helping unpack what that problem looks like in various contexts. And once the problem is called what it is, Kyle provides biblical solutions to the problem that can help our society, which is plagued with idolatry, to overcome it.

With the same readability, humor, boldness, and clarity as 'Not a Fan', this new book can be just as impactful, just as insightful, and just as important to you--to us.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ!!! 19 Feb 2013
By Phillip - Published on
I thought idolatry was something that only occurred during ancient bible times with a gold calf. This book opened up my eyes to modern day idols. God has more competition in our lives these days than ever before. Through this book i have a renewed commitment and have put God back in his rightful place in my heart. I am done allowing false gods to win the war of my heart. Read this book and start seeing the change in your life.
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