Mr. Idleman is well known from his book, Not A Fan, and having read that book, I had very high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to all of them.
This book is well written, with his trademark conversational tone and covers a very important subject: idolatry. Mr. Idleman points out that idols are all around us and sometimes aren’t even a tangible object. He covers the most common/popular ones with much thought and detail. He leads us through the journey of how they become an idol and offers questions to help you see if you have them in your own life. “Idols are defeated not by being removed, but by being replaced,” could be the tagline for this book. It is stated at the end of each chapter and is thrown in the middle for good measure. I appreciate how much research has gone into this book. He offers statistics of how each possible idol has progressed and become forefront in our society. There are also Bible verses that correspond with each and show God’s take on it.
While I enjoyed this book on one side, it irritated me on the other. There are little notes and comments on many of the pages and while some have a purpose, I found most of them to be pointless and annoying. Also, at the end of each chapter is a section titled “Choosing Jesus” and while it is very well done, I’m rather confused as to who is the author. Is it Mr. Idleman? Or someone else? And why is it all in italics?
I would recommend this book for new Christians who want to become more committed to God and to rid themselves of some idols, who are trying to take His place.
I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book from Zondervan publishing for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have received no compensation for it.