Calvin has said that the human heart is an idol making factory. In the latest edition of Idols of the Heart Elyse Fitzpatrick draws explores the biblical teaching regarding idolatry and the remedy for it.
Elyse traces the patterns of idolatry found in Scripture in the New and Old Testaments. She clearly demonstrates that idolatry is a heart issue more than it is an issue of external actions. She provides clear and probing questions to help any reader to discern what their idols are, what serves as their functional god. This book is not gender specific, Fitzpatrick’s book is relevant to anyone who must be on guard against idolatry, which is everyone.
This book makes clear that what is needed is not just a change of behavior but a change of heart brought about by the Holy Spirit. In seeking to arm the believer in their fight against idolatry Fitzpatrick makes clear that the goal isn’t simply to put away idolatry but to bring into the heart a true delight and joy in God above all else. We can’t truly take joy and exalt God when idols have a place in our heart be they job, possessions, or people they will prevent us from having true joy in God.
This book should be on the shelf of every pastor, every counselor, well really every believer would and should benefit from this book.
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