(Review) Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick

Idols of the Heart

Publisher and Publication Date: P & R Publishing. January 29, 2016. Second edition. The first edition was in 2001.
Genre: Christian nonfiction.
Pages: 240.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: Very good.
Audience: Christian readers who want a study on idolatry in our a current culture.

Elyse Fitzpatrick webpage

In our culture, Idolatry is a rare word heard. It resonates with Old Testament teaching or an old fashioned revival where the pastor beats the pulpit.
Fitzpatrick reminded me that it is the sin most talked about in the Bible.
An idol is not just a cold impersonal material object. It can be another person. For example: children, grandchildren, pets, spouses, romantic relationships, parents, and ourselves.
“Idols aren’t just stone statues. No, idols are the loves, thoughts, desires, longings, and expectations that we worship in the place of the true God.” Page 25.
I loved Fitzpatrick’s reminder, “And the mere fact that you are struggling against them means that you are, in fact, His.”
And struggle I do. And persevere I go on. And, it is in His grace that I am forgiven.

Further points of interest:
•Several Bible characters are depicted: Rachel, Moses, Rahab, Josiah, and Mary of Bethany.
•Different desires are listed. Chapter 8 holds this topic.
•Why we choose idols.
•The slow process of sanctification.
•Temptation and how it works.

Favorite Quote:
“As we grow in understanding Him, His love, His trustworthiness, our bent to trust in other gods will diminish.” Page 76.


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