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AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,309 ratings  ·  139 reviews
We've all had "aha!" moments in our lives, times when a sudden revelation surprises us with insight. According to pastor and bestselling author Kyle Idleman, we can experience this same kind of "aha!" in our spiritual lives. With everyday examples and trademark testimonies, Idleman draws on Scripture to reveal how three key elements can draw us closer to God and change our ...more
Published March 1st 2014 by christianaudio
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Michelle Kidwell
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Kyle Idleman

In the beginning of this book Idleman points out that it is not a self help book, it is a Jesus help book. 

I love that the book reminds us of that moment we found God.  The moment Christ came into our lives and changed it forever.

Idleman asks if we had that moment when the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to something that we are missing.  Perhaps it could be that closeness we desired, or a truth we had not yet realized
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book by Kyle Idleman I've read, and I thought it was really good. He uses the parable of the prodigal son throughout the book. I found it very insightful. I think it is a book that I will read again in the future. I would recommend this book.
Lizzy Bueckert
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful! I felt I could have highlighted the whole book!
Starla Maddix
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. It was challenging and inspiring. There was things in this parable that Idleman brought out that I never noticed before. I used my highlighted up on this book. 😊
This was a fabulous book. It belongs on the shelf of anyone who is involved in pastoral counseling on either a personal or professional level. The process of Awakening, Honesty, Action, rooted in the biblical parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15) provides powerful handles for anyone needing to make positive change in their lives. Kyle writes with warmth and compassion and a great sense of Gen X humor (don't be surprised if there's a profound insight into Scripture in the same paragraph as a refe ...more
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a thought provoking book. There were a lot of interesting ideas and ways to look at the events of life.
Good read.
Patti Alexander
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by Kyle Idleman. Tom & I read this book together & it really hit home with me. I plan to read this book again & use the study guide
Christy Bower
You probably don’t think of yourself as a prodigal. I didn’t. I’ve been a Christian for decades. But when Kyle Idleman began to probe my heart with the details of the Parable of the Prodigal Son, I began to change my mind. In Kyle’s mind, the return of a prodigal to the father is not a one-time occurrence, but a recurring event that needs to take place in our lives.

In his model, based on the tale of the prodigal son, he suggests we need a good Awakening to the condition of our spiritual lives. T
Morgan Duplechin
"God often uses desperate moments to wake us up. Only when things start to fall apart do we finally open our eyes.”

After reading Not A Fan and Gods at War by Kyle Idleman and loving them, I decided to read this one. This book was amazing. Kyle Idleman has a way of taking a Bible story I'd heard a million times before and pointing out things that I'd never noticed or even thought about. His points are very inspiring and I felt convicted on many things that he discussed throughout the book. I sta
Gwen Stivers
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
Kyle Idleman is a fairly young pastor with a fresh way of looking at faith. "Aha" delves into the area when you finally get the concept of faith and what it entails. It's that moment when the light bulb clicks on and understanding happens. He gives numerous practical examples of any concept he puts forth and wants you to think about. I wish that this book had been around when I was in college.
Donatta Wolf
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it confirms thoughts that I had when I experience God and question its relevance. Helped me to understand that looking at life as a continuous communication with the Creator and the created.. and just getting that one moment in the line of the journey and say "AHA"
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a good book. He tells real life stories and mixes it with scripture all while sounding like your talking to your best friend. What more can you ask for? Kyle will definitely go on my favorite author list.
Brenda  Whitner
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It's based on the prodigal son and how he had that AHA moment. We all flounder in our faith but God is always there waiting. The book was very well written, with very good real life examples. I found it very relatable.
B Hatfield
Read this for FCA (leader meetings); It was a good book to read for FCA. Everyone seemed to connect to it on their own level and really pull something raw and new out of it. We all shared at the meetings, and there were times were I felt a little nervous to share, but I did anyway. I love that God can just boost my confidence! Making it so natural to share my experience and walk with God with others! This book definitely helped me form my first ever message. I will be speaking at FCA in May over ...more
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aha is that moment when something clicks, makes sense, you see the big picture. Kyle Idleman uses the "Aha" moments throughout the Bible to not only show God's mercy and grace that he extends towards man but also the doom and desperation that follows one who rejects or never comes to that ground breaking truth. The proof of an Aha moment is evidenced in the actions - the belief that wakes us up then compels us to move and act upon it; one necessarily can't say they came to an "Aha" moment if it ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kyle Idleman once again delivers a message that reaches the recesses of the heart. By taking readers through the parable of the prodigal son that Jesus taught—one phrase at a time—Idleman is nearly guaranteed to strike at least one cord in every reader’s experience or attitude. Like his Not A Fan book, AHA challenges Christians to look, I mean really look, at how they relate and respond to God’s Word and the promptings of the Holy Spirit. He unmasks excuses we have falsely felt secure behind and ...more
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book shortly after its release in 2014 because Kyle Idelman is one of my favorite authors and I like everything he writes. I read the first chapter and stopped. It didn’t resonate with me. Four years later, I decided I needed to read the book, so I picked it up, started reading it again, and couldn’t stop until I’d finished it. What had seemed so off four years ago was what I needed to read now. AHA is the type of book that makes me think about my own walk with God. It isn’t comfor ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a book that's as soul-wrenching as Not a Fan, this is not the book for you.

There's nothing really wrong with the book. I enjoyed it and got things out of it that I likely needed to hear, but it wasn't almost fluffy compared to Not a Fan. I don't always need a major gut-check, so that's o.k. Kyle is good at what he does, so I would still recommend the book to someone looking for a good daily devotional.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
A good book for anyone who has ever been a "prodigal". This book is not just a story but a call to action! It is very thought provoking at times but Kyle's humor lightens the mood throughout. His personal stories show repeatedly that he too struggles with doubt and sometimes wanders into the Prodigal Son's Distant Land. His message is clear... no matter how far you journey from Home or how much you have lost along the way you can still have your AHA! moment. Most importantly, he continually remi ...more
Amy Sund
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought I had has my AHA moment so when I first started this book I didn't think I was going to get much out of it but as usual Kyle Idleman didn't disappoint. Very insightful book. Easy to read and humorous. Thank you Kyle for hitting the nail on the head again.
Andrew Cowell
If nothing else, this book will drive you to pick out those one or two main things in your life that you aren't surrendering to God. At least that's how I interpret the Aha moments. The Holy Spirit will bring us to conviction and we need the sense enough to intentionally change for God's glory.
Christopher Armstrong
Kyle Idleman, with his one of a kind humor, shares what it means to have an AHA moment by walking through the parable of the Prodigal Son. God's love for His children is abundant but sometimes we don't receive it. AHA will walk you through some of the reasons we fail to see God for who He is; love.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book spiritually and mentally challenges you. Easy read.
David Erickson
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book about a great parable

This book brought a new AHA perspective to many areas of my life and explored the parable of the prodigal son in a new way.
Anthony Alvarez
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book that challenges the way that I have been thinking about God. Such a personable story that still sticks with me.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5. Easy read. Nothing to ground breaking. Useful for brainstorming ideas for teaching a teen class.
Kyle Leadingham
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A compelling, entertaining, and logical argument for how and when to change. Could not put it down!
Jessica Harcarik
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book about strengthening your relationship with Jesus while being honest with where you are in your personal walk with Him! Very well done.
Andy Bintoro
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, self-help
perhaps this is not a self-help book, hut the content really fit as a christian self-help book.
Ho Christopher
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever had an ‘eureka’ moment in your life? If you had, you would most certain have experienced something that this book talks about, the AHA moment.

This book is really meant for “born christian” or those who have slipped from their christian lives. Kyle Idleman has written this book to persuade christians to turn back, before it’s too late. The main bible passage used in this book is Luke 15:11-32, the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

The book is spilt into 3 parts, first the awakening, the r
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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.
“The Bible says in Psalms to “Be still.” God says, “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10). I like this definition of stillness: silence on the outside and surrender on the inside.” 2 likes
“Just as a father hates cancer, because of what it does to his child, so God hates divorce, because of what it does to His children.” 2 likes
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