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Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone Paperback – January 3, 2002
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"Demonstrates how 'false gods' generate the garden-variety sins of irritability, self-pity, escapism, and anxiety, as well as anger, despair, addictions, and panic. Fitzpatrick show how Jesus Christ retakes our lives from these idols, setting up his reign over our attention, loyalty, and affections." --David Powlison
"With great clarity and intriguing biblical illustrations, Fitzpatrick explains how idols in our hearts compete with our affections for God. In a gentle way, she tells you how by God's grace to turn from your idols to a whole-hearted love for God. I highly recommend this book." --Martha Peace
"If you are struggling with desires, addictions, and harmful behaviors that seem too strong to overcome, perhaps you are worshipping an idol of the heart. Fitzpatrick explains what those idols might be and how to deal with them in a biblical way. Idols of the Heart is not just another self-help manual." --Dr. Ed Bulkley
About the Author
Elyse Fitzpatrick counsels with the Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship and is a frequent retreat and conference speaker. Fitzpatrick coauthored Women Helping Women, a 1998 Gold Medallion finalist; Love to Eat, Hate to Eat; Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety; and Uncommon Vessels: A Program for Developing Godly Eating Habits. She and her husband, Philip, have three adult children and two grandchildren.
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God chose Abraham and took him from his family who were idolaters. Jacob married Rachel, his cousin, whose family was steeped in idolatry. God was the one who delivered the children of Israel out of bondage, however they created an image to worship and said this was their God that delivered them. When we look at the mistakes the children of Israel made back then we see that we are making similar mistakes today. Really good read and the questions at the end of each chapter helped with the grasping of the information. I highly recommend this book. I am convinced that the Lord led me to read it.
Her case is well made with Scripture, and illustrated with examples, mostly her own. While aimed at revealing to you your own heart idolatry, the tone of this book does manage to be very encouraging. One point that I liked was that it does not just focus on casting aside definite sins, but also lawful things/situations/etc that we have elevated above God or that tempt us to sin. I came out of this book recognizing at least one idol of my own heart, and I trust that the same will be true for you. I'd recommend this book to any Christian woman.
I read it a second time with my Bible study's "small group," 5 young single women that met weekly to fellowship, pray, and practice the "one anothers." We took turns each week leading discussion for a chapter. This book lends itself to discussion because we all have idols in our hearts, and there are plenty of ways sisters in Christ can encourage and exhort one another through a study. We all enjoyed the book, and I would read it again a third time to see how it applies in the new stage of life I'm in as a wife and mother.
As I read the first couple chapters I was doubtful that this book would tell me anything profound, anything I didn't already know. As I progressed through the book, though, the writer delved deeper and deeper into the concept of idolatry. I began to squirm in my seat. I'm working through this book with a young woman who I mentor, and we are both experiencing the same reaction - deep conviction in surprising places.
This book is fully loaded. It starts out slow and picks up speed. Read it only if you are willing to let God speak to you through it. The impact is life-changing.