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

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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 ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 17th 2013 by Zondervan
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Kristin Bush
Mar 05, 2013 Kristin Bush rated it it was amazing
WOW!!!! Challenge and Conviction!
I'll be honest: If you don't want to give up the gods of your heart...your addiction to food/sex/love...then this is NOT the book for you. BUT if you are ready to dethrone any little god that ain't GOD then this book is FOR you. It will examine the little gods (idols) that you are aware of and will make you aware of others. The main point is to point you to Christ so you can put the KING, Jesus Christ, in HIS rightful as the GOD of your heart and life.
Don't worr
Christine Abraham
May 26, 2013 Christine Abraham rated it really liked it
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You can’t go wrong when you read a book about idolatry, since it’s one of the biggest temptations in the life of a Christian today. So I was delighted with the book Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart by Kyle Idleman as it covered many aspects of modern idolatry.

When I first started reading the book I was not captivated with the content, however knowing from past experience that Kyle Idleman is a great author I continued reading and fell into a rhythm of understanding. So
Liz Terek
May 15, 2013 Liz Terek rated it it was amazing
Gods at War- Kyle Idleman

The lowercase ‘G’ in the title isn’t a mistake. ‘Gods’ in this sense refers to things in our lives that we place above the One True God. Idolatry may not be something you think about regularly. Perhaps you view it as an Old Testament problem. But, golden calves & statues aren’t the only idols in town.
In ‘gods At War’, Kyle Idleman takes a very deep look into things we put above God. Careers, money, even family can all become idols. Most of the revelations in the bo
David Eversole
May 20, 2013 David Eversole rated it really liked it
I appreciated these sometimes difficult words. I believe these are ideas and thoughts with which we all wrestle at times. God wants all of us. He is not interested in sharing our devotion, even slightly. We have been conditioned by our culture to think that we can have God and whatever else we want. That is not the case. Will we be completely His? That is the question.
Mar 29, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing
Another good book by Kyle. I really like his writing and teaching style. I wish I could actually hear him speak.
The Loopy Librarian
Feb 08, 2014 The Loopy Librarian rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 26, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing
Other than the Bible this was the most convicting book I have ever read. It's what I call an 'ouch, hallelujah' book. If you are ready to move forward in your Christian walk, read this book.
Feb 20, 2013 Nick rated it really liked it
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Recently, I listened to a sermon series on idolatry (this sermon series was based on the book Gospel Treason: What Happens When You Give Your Heart to Idols. It was fantastic, so when I saw this book offered on the booksneeze blogger program I immediately signed up for a copy. The cover was cool. I had mental images of Thor and Loki battling it out with battle axes and fire...only in a Christian sort of way because this was about idols of the heart--an enormously important topic. I was a little ...more
Mar 11, 2013 Peter rated it really liked it
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If I asked you which of the Ten Commandments gave you the most trouble, you probably would admit to the second commandment. In Exodus 20:4 God commands, "You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below." I don't think that this is a common problem in America today. I very rarely, if ever, see actual idols that were made to worship. There is, howe
Apr 17, 2013 Amber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christianity, 2013

Man was created to bow. That is the central statement and this book pulls no punches. I, like many of you, thought I was safe. I mean, surely I’m not an idolator. That’s the stuff of the Old Testament. Or my unsaved neighbors, or that weird church in another city, or maybe that tribe in the Amazon. Definitely not me! But oh how I was wrong.

I received a free copy of Gods at War to review for Booksneeze with some presumptions. But not far into reading the book I knew that this was a wake u
May 29, 2013 Joan rated it really liked it
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Written with humor and gut-wrenching frankness, author Kyle Idleman dissects modern day idols in the Christian life. Idleman asks:

1. What disappoints you?
2. What do you complain about the most?
3. Where do you make financial sacrifices?
4. What worries you?
5. Where is your sanctuary?

He does an excellent job of categorizing and making relevant the idols in our current culture: food, sex, entertainment, success, money, achievement, romance, family, and finally, self. In each chapter I identified w
Josh Miller
Jan 09, 2013 Josh Miller rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book probes past the veneer that so many Christians (including myself) have applied over the "idols" that reside in our heart. One of the great questions that the author continues to ask throughout the book is "Have you started worshiping the gift rather than the Giver."

The topics he addresses are all good things that God gives to us that we often take and make a god out of. Mr. Idleman lays out the topics as follows:

1. The Temple of Pleasure
a. The god of food
b. The god of sex
c. The go
Julie McComas
Mar 29, 2013 Julie McComas rated it it was amazing
Okay, who wouldn't be interested in reading this book after reading that description? (That was taken from the back cover of the book.) I want to know who could read this book, and be the same person they were when they picked it up. Ann Voskamp's comment made me think about that, and I agree with her, I'm not sure it can be done.

When I first looked at the table of contents, I could see where this was going to take me. It was going to open my eyes to all of the idols in my life. So not a good th
Oct 04, 2013 Richard rated it liked it
A book on idols and how we allow them to be #1 instead of God. Haven't we read this book before?

The problem I have with this book is not that it is written poorly. In fact, Idleman is a great author. My problem was I wasn't engaged with the material. I've heard it all before, many times.

Idleman divides this book into four parts:
gods at war sets the stage for the rest of the book
the temple of pleasure dissects our bent toward food, sex, and entertainment.
the temple of power highlights our drive t
Apr 03, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
This is an awesome follow up to "Not a Fan." This book I think is more targeted towards those who have been a christian for some time. Like his other book, "Not a Fan," I found the first part of the book better than the second half. Perhaps because both books repeat the same point again and again? I still really enjoyed it and was convicted by it as well. I enjoyed this one more than "Not a Fan" and was more challenged by this book. 4.5 Stars

My Favorite Quotes:

"No matter what god seems to be win
Benjamin Conrod
Sep 09, 2016 Benjamin Conrod rated it really liked it
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Kyle Idleman is a brilliant author who isn't afraid to bring to light an extremely serious problem in humanity. Before I read this book, I basically "knew" I didn't have a problem with idolatry because I wasn't literally bowing down to a random golden calf in my living room. However, after reading this very convicting, informative, and Christian novel I realized I wasn't where I needed to be in my walk with Jesus Christ. I would like to give a big thank-you to Kyle Idleman for showing not only m ...more
Dec 09, 2013 Tim rated it liked it
This was good, convicting but at times it made you almost feel guilty for breathing. Everything should always be questioned to not take the throne seat of God, and Jesus does say we must hate our families and even our own life in comparison to our love for God. Grace and truth are two sides of the gospel coin that always must go hand-in-hand. Chuck Swindoll's Grace Awakening would be a good read after this. God is a jealous God, yes, but those who struggle with an over-active guilt complex or le ...more
Clark Goble
Jun 20, 2014 Clark Goble rated it it was amazing
This book is a great follow up to Idelman's Not a Fan. In it, the author destroys any notion that idolatry is an issue left long ago in the church's past. Rather, Idleman demonstrates that idolatry is the central issue facing believers today. This book exposes these modern idols and then offers a prescription for the believer who wants to do some some searching and eliminate all challengers to God Almighty's throne. Idleman manages to accomplish all of this in a manner that is just light-hearted ...more
Jun 01, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it
In gods at War Kyle Idleman helps Christians examine the things in our lives that we turn into false idols. Success, power, food, sex, money, celebrity status, technology, pornography, control, comfort--in today's society the possibilities are endless. We're looking in all the wrong places to fill those voids. Idleman shows readers how to fetter out their gods and refocus on their relationships with Christ. It's a tough read. Examining yourself that closely isn't always fun. But it's a worthwhil ...more
Lena Morrison
Jan 17, 2017 Lena Morrison rated it really liked it
I'd never really given this book much thought, but once I read I was satisfied with what it had to say. One of my Bible teachers from many years ago said that our primary sin was idolatry, and I've believed that since. I thought it through and realized it matched reality.

Kyle Idleman presents three categories of gods in our lives: the gods of pleasure, power, and love. Each chapter had real-life examples and clear expositions. He wrote with humor and in a relatable way.

To anyone who wants to se
Apr 09, 2015 Crystal rated it really liked it
Thanks Liz for lending me this. It is a must read, I will buy myself a copy to share with others.
Idleman does very well to expose these gods : of me, of family, of romance, of achievement, of money, of success, of entertainment, of sex and of food. Again, sobering! Read it!
The last chapter ended suddenly, as if his chapter ending was overlooked... odd! Otherwise, put together neatly and a nice easy read.
Feb 03, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
This book is a MUST READ!! We all can feel lost and discouraged (many rarely feel anything but) and those feelings can help point us to the root of our problems. Kyle expounds on God's first command to us, "Have no other gods" and helps to align our thinking with His.

BE PREPARED: You MUST be willing to put aside the fantasies of how amazing and perfect you are!!

Bren Pickel
Aug 25, 2015 Bren Pickel rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Timely topic. Highlight was the section on relationships and family. We all see money and power as god replacers but it's the "good" gods that can sneak up and take God's place.
Mar 28, 2013 Mike rated it liked it
Was ok, I liked Keller's book Counterfeit God better
Chris Land
Mar 12, 2013 Chris Land rated it really liked it
This was a better written book than Idleman's last one (Not A Fan)
Feb 11, 2017 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
wow. if you are feeling like you have things pretty well down, this is a great book to pick apart the various idols we put in our lives (um.... achievement?? self? money? hello) and follow more wholeheartedly than God. Kyle's humor is self-deprecating as always and keeps it real. Highly recommend.
Alexis Neal
Feb 21, 2013 Alexis Neal rated it liked it
I had never heard of Kyle Idleman until I read Tim Challies’ review of his recent bestseller Not a Fan. Challies had some very positive things to say about the book, but ended his review with three concerns: 1) Idleman relied overmuch on humor and pop culture references; 2) Idleman occasionally employed questionable exegesis; 3) Idleman seems to imply that sanctification is accomplished through effort. I expect Challies, if he were to review this latest book, would find himself repeating his ear ...more
Feb 10, 2017 Jchrispowers rated it it was amazing
The most personally challenging book I've ever read. Expertly written, theologically precise, abundantly accessible to theologians and Tire-kickers alike. Must read for any believers or sincere seekers of Truth.
Shelby  Swing
Feb 05, 2013 Shelby Swing rated it it was amazing
“Idols are not defeated not by being removed but by being replaced.”
This is such a profound statement, and one of the most convicting things I took away from Kyle’s second book, Gods at War. The idols in our lives, whatever they may be, can only be conquered if we let Someone Else become our one true addiction. Bet you never thought of it like that, right? Neither had I.

Kyle uses the same clear, understandable logic and spiritual truthfulness to reveal first, that all hurting and hardship is spa
Nikole Hahn
Mar 18, 2013 Nikole Hahn rated it really liked it
Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart by Kyle Idleman remind and humble me of the power of the cross and how, God, in His infinite mercies, does not give us what we deserve. It makes the 1st and 2nd commandments all the more real by defining idols (and gods) as more than old gods from Rome and Greece.

Filled with humor and insight, Gods at War goes in-depth into the things and people in our life that steal our love and devotion from God.

Gods at War begin with defining idols
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Kyle Idleman is the teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fifth largest church in America. The bestselling author of the award-winning book Not a Fan and AHA is a frequent speaker at conferences and events around the world. Kyle and his wife, DesiRae, have four children.
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“God has given us the use of his resources for a short time here on earth, and we have much to be grateful for. Go through your day sometime just recognizing that everything is God’s. Get out of God’s bed and walk into God’s bathroom, and turn on God’s shower, and then put on God’s clothes. Eat God’s cereal* and drink God’s coffee. Get in God’s car and head to work. When we start to see all of our resources as God’s it helps us develop an attitude of gratitude that leads to a heart of worship.” 10 likes
“Where Is Your Sanctuary? Where do you go when you’re hurting? Let’s say it’s been a terrible day at the office. You come home and go — where? To the refrigerator for comfort food like ice cream? To the phone to vent with your most trusted friend? Do you seek escape in novels or movies or video games or pornography? Where do you look for emotional rescue? The Bible tells us that God is our refuge and strength, our help in times of trouble — so much so that we will not fear though the mountains fall into the heart of the sea (Ps. 46:1 – 2). That strikes me as a good place to run. But it’s so easy to forget, so easy for us to run in other directions. Where we go says a lot about who we are. The “high ground” we seek reveals the geography of our values.” 9 likes
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