Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Gods at War Student Edition by Kyle Idleman
The Ten Commandments. Most people can name a few of these, or maybe even all of them, but do we really understand them? Most people misunderstand the meaning of one of the most important commandments, "Thou shalt not make for yourself an idol." They think about Bible times and how people actually worshiped a golden calf or a pagan god, but rarely do they think of it as still being a problem nowadays.
Kyle Idleman has written a fantastic book explaining why we need to be wary of the idols in our lives. They're not simply things of the past. They could very well be relationships, entertainment, materialism or our own appearance. I admit, I never even thought about God's commandment that way, but I certainly do now! Idleman writes with conviction and at times, humor. I think this book was put together wonderfully as a student edition.
At the end of each chapter is basically a think-it-through section called "Idol ID" where readers are asked 3-4 questions on what they just read and how it applies to their life. Immediately following is a quick synopsis of the chapter for quick referral.
I would highly recommend this book to students between the ages of 13-18. I think the author did a fantastic job and I am now eager to read more of his work, especially the original edition of this book. I believe this book would be beneficial to go through as a Bible study or perhaps even during a Sunday School quarter. I rate it as 5 stars.
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