Book Review – “God’s At War” – by Kyle Idleman

Here several years ago I read a great little book by Tim Keller entitled “Counterfeit God’s,” about the empty promises of money, sex, power, and other things that we place in front of our relationship with God. The book was simple, yet profound, and if I were to describe it in a single word, it would have to be “amazing.” Here last month I received a review copy of Kyle Idleman’s latest work “God’s at War,” which deals with pretty much the same topic as Keller’s book only that Kyle uses more real-world experiences to illustrate his points, while Keller focuses on examples from Scripture. If I were to describe Kyle’s latest book in a single word, it would have to be “amazing.” He is a wordsmith of the first order, painting vivid pictures that bring the truth of scripture into to clear focus, to teach us, and to in many cases convict us about those little, and sometimes not so little things that we place on a pedestal and direct our worship towards. 

To begin the journey the reader is presented with a series of questions; such as; “what disappoints you?,”  “what do you complain about the most?,” “where do you make financial sacrifices?,” “what worries you?,” “where is your sanctuary?,” and “what are your dreams?”  These questions may seem somewhat simplistic and bordering on the mundane, but encapsulated in them are the very things that tend to drive men, and many times drive them mad as they seek satisfaction and wholeness in life. 

Kyle walks the reader through walks through several prominent concepts, none of which are inherently wrong, but often find themselves as the focus of our adoration, attention, and worship, especially in the affluence of our own culture.  

The book isn’t meant to be a deep theological treatise, but a simple straight shooting expose that can be read and understood by anyone, believer, or not. The concept of idolatry isn’t new, it’s as old as time itself, but Kyle’s treatment of it is a light shining in the darkness for our current generation, exposing the frauds that all so often masquerade as truth. I give the book 5 stars, if I could give it more I would!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their “booksneeze program.” I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions and views expressed here are my own.

I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


About Jim

I'm currently the Communications Director for Missouri Operation for Vigorous Evangelism [MOVE] A Church planting ministry located in Jefferson City, MO. I believe that the church is the primary means through which God works in a community to love and redeem it. Here at MOVE we’re discovering new ways to be used for this purpose as God leads us and lights His path for us. As God forms this organization and shapes it for a new kind of world I want to be right in the middle of what He’s doing, traveling on this road of a disciple’s journey.

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