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Breaking the Idols of Your Heart: How to Navigate the Temptations of Life Paperback – July 7, 2007
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"This book possesses high quality, depth, and practicality. I am impressed with its sound biblical approachs, its contemporary handling of Scripture, and its faithfulness in interpreting and applying the Word. Both writers have unusual insights into the postmodern mind because of their sound biblical and theological ability to bring the Scripture to bear on our setting." (equip magazine, issue three 07)
"What makes Breaking the Idols of Your Heart exceptional is the mix of psychological depth and biblical insight. In the end, readers know change is possible if theyll honestly face their own idols." (CBA Retailers Resources, September 2007)
"Both writers have unusual insights into the postmodern mind because of their sound biblical and theological ability to bring the Scripture to bear on our setting." (Equip, Issue 3, 2007)
"Dan and Tremper and ancient wisdom are a winning team! This book dethrones idols and points us toward what is worth giving our life to." (John Ortberg, author and pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church)
"This book uses the category of 'idols' as a creative way to understand not only a difficult biblical book (Ecclesiastes) but also the very way our hearts work. It brings a great deal of clarity where there has been confusion. Recommended." (Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City)
About the Author
Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is also visiting professor of Old Testament at Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and adjunct of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He lectures regularly at Regent College in Vancouver and the Canadian Theological Seminary in Calgary. Longman is the author or coauthor of over twenty books, including How to Read Genesis, How to Read the Psalms, How to Read Proverbs, Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation, Old Testament Essentials and coeditor of A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible. He and Dan Allender have coauthored Bold Love, Cry of the Soul, Intimate Allies, The Intimate Mystery and the Intimate Marriage Bible studies.
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In it they examine the following "idols"--those material goods of creation--that are pursued in "life under the sun:"
-Chasing after power: we never are fully in control
-Chasing after relationships: they always disappoint
-Chasing after work and money: it will always leave us frustrated and wanting more
-Chasing after pleasure: it is always fleeting
-Chasing after wisdom: never an adequate guide
-Chasing after spirituality: usually ends in legalism and condemnation
-Chasing after health and wellness: life ends in decay and death
It is important to note that each of these "idols" are good things in of and themselves.Read more ›
the idea that idols today are not necessarily the ones made of stone, but instead the very structures of our daily lives. The idea that ones employment may be one of the toughest idols to see, and/or overcome, gives one pause to review and revisit the "idols" which so easily creep into our lives, or at least mine. Highly recommend for the man or woman chasing the pinnacles of their professions, while letting slide the true essence of what it means to live upright and true before his God.
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In the list of the "editorial reviews" I am quoted first. The quote is from my Southern Baptist Journal of Theology review. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Brian S. Borgman
One a the five best books I've read this year! Great book that speaks to old and new followers of Jesus.Published 20 months ago by Dr. Mark Redd
A very practical guide and teaching to everyday struggle in relation to daily struggles, frustrations and temptations. Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by Hudson Cheng
Well-written with fantastic insight. This book really does a great job of making you see what's truly important in life.Published on October 2, 2013 by Charles Carroll