Gods At War Student Edition

gods-at-war A little over a year ago I read Kyle Idleman’s gods at war. After studying his previous book not a fan I was looking forward to reading this one. As a follow-up, he has a Student Edition of gods at war. I just started using it this summer with my high school students.

As he does in the original offering, Idleman talks about idolatry not in the past tense – a practice from ancient civilizations – but in the present tense – something with which our modern culture still wrestles. At one point in the book, he states that we are a culture of idol worshipers. He defines an idol as anything that becomes more important than God. It doesn’t take but a cursory glance around today’s society to see that many things fit that category.

In the book he identifies various idols that have captured the hearts of people and also discusses how to battle against them. He offers several questions to ask that will help determine whether something is becoming an idol in a person’s life.

He not only discusses identifying them, but also how to deal with the issue of idols. As he did in the first offering of gods at war Idleman repeats this phrase: Idols are not defeated by being removed, but by being replaced.

The Student Edition does a good job of presenting the principles from gods at war while making it readable for teens. It is a good resource for individual reading and group discussion.

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Gods At War

gods at warIdols are defeated not by being removed, but by being replaced.” Kyle Idleman ends many of the chapters in Gods At Warwith that phrase. Through this offering, Idleman seeks not only to help the reader identify what idols strive to take the place of God in his/her life, but what steps to take to remove that particular idol.

Last summer we studied Kyle’s previous book, Not A Fan, with our youth group. I know of several individuals and groups that worked through that book and were challenged by what he wrote. I was anticipating much of the same in Gods At War and found it to be a good read. The author brought the issue of idolatry into our modern context and identified several ways that idols still exist in our lives.

While not just pointing out the problem, the author also provided tools to help the reader deal with the problem of idolatry. At the end of the chapter, Idleman offered questions that served to identify if a particular issue had become an idol and also some steps to remove that idol by replacing it.

An added bonus in the book were the stories of people who had overcome various idols. I was fortunate to read the Kindle version of the book which contained links to brief video clips of the people whose stories were shared. It brought to life not only the pain that idolatry can bring, but hope that those idols can be replaced.

Gods At War is a good read for both individuals and groups to work through together.

(I received this book through the BookSneeze program in exchange for my review)