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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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I encourage anyone who picks up this book to throw themselves wholeheartedly into the study, and not merely read the chapters and plug in answers to the questions.(which would be difficult to do the way Mrs. Fitzpatrick designed the study)
Where the author refers to the people mentioned in the Bible, find out all you can about their lives, what their idolatry was about, and how it relates to your own life. One thing we all learned was that we can never "lay our weapons down" we must always be on guard because as John Calvin said our hearts are perpetual idol factories.
Mrs. Fitzpatrick shows us the two prong attack the enemy of our souls uses to prod us along the path of idolatry, and gives us the tools we need to bend those prongs back so that when the prong is jabbed towards us it has no sharp edges.
Self-examination is crucial, we must be willing to look at our lives honestly and to lay aside all those things that come before God. There is victory, peace and hope when we do. While our hearts will continually try (notice I said TRY) to resurrect those shatterd idols from the broken shards, or create new idols to replace those that were destroyed; WE MUST bind ourselves to the throne of grace in humility and cling ever tighter to the mercies of God recognizing His unchanging nature, and finally acknowledging our own inability to do or be anything without Him.
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.