Saturday, March 15, 2014

Book Review- gods at war

The next step in becoming a completely committed follower of Jesus. False gods war within each and every one of us, fighting for a place of glory and control in our lives. In this student edition of gods at war, Kyle Idleman, bestselling author of Not a Fan, demonstrates how the desire for things like popularity, acceptance, and success can become modern-day idols that keep us from truly following Jesus Christ. Behind the everyday pressures, fears, and lack of purpose is a false god who too often is winning the war in our hearts. By asking insightful questions and looking at the issues from a teen's point of view, Idleman reveals which false gods most often take the place of the one true God. Then, using powerful and honest testimonies of people like you who have struggled in each area, gods at war student edition illustrates a clear path away from the heartache of 21st-century idolatry back to the  heart of God. 

With gods at war, Kyle Idleman has created a wonderful devotional for teens confronting the big issues in life. To be honest I was not expecting to receive much from this read. Unfortunately, many authors today try to water down the word of God to make it attractive to teens, but not so with this book. 

Kyle takes the "You shall not make for yourself an idol." concept we all think we know about and flips it to reveal the many modern idols we teens have. The book is broken up into five parts: gods at war, the temple of pleasure, the temple of power, and the temple of love. With truth and grace Kyle tackles these topics and many subtopics with a biblical and personal view, and also sprinkles testimonials. At the end of each part he identifies the idol in question with personal inquires to see wether or not we struggle with that one. Then with a prayer of sorts he leads the reader to make a decision for Jesus over that idol.  This devotional is easy to follow, super Biblical, moving, humorous, and so encouraging. 

If you desire a devotional to lead you in a closer relationship with Jesus this is for you. If you want a spiritual read to lead you in deep reflection of your spiritual condition this is for you. If you are a high-school student, then this is definitely for you. 

I received a complimentary copy, from Zondervan, in exchange for this independent and unbiased review. 

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