Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone

Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone

Fitzpatrick, Elyse

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Many people desire to live godly lives but feel trapped in habitual sins. They trip over the same bad habit, embarrassing weakness, or sinful slavery they wanted to be free of years ago. This book reveals that idolatry lies at the heart of every besetting sin. If you think of idols as stone statues in far-off lands, think again. Idols are the desires, longings, and expectations we worship instead of the true God. Fitzpatrick helps uncover hidden idols by moving us to ask:

    » What do I long for so much that my heart demands, “Give me this, or else I'll die!”
    » What must I have for my life to be meaningful and happy?
    » Do I love God whole-heartedly or are there other loves in my heart that clamor for my attention?

Fitzpatrick shares the hope found in God's desire to have his children live free of idols, and his commitment to free them by his sanctifying power.

About the Author

Elyse Fitzpatrick counsels with the Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship. She is a frequent retreat and conference speaker. Fitzpatrick co-authored 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.

Book Details

240 Pages
Publisher: P and R Publishing Company
Publication Date: February 2001
ISBN 10: 0875521983
ISBN 13: 9780875521985

"The first and greatest commandment says that our relationship with God is a “heart, soul, mind, and might” matter. God-substitutes, both tangible and figurative, are similarly matters of heart, soul, mind, and might. Such 'false gods' generate the garden-variety sins of irritability, self-pity, escapism, and anxiety, as well as the more extreme sins of anger, despair, addictions, and panic."
- David Powlison, Faculty and Counselor, CCEF, and author of Seeing with New Eyes and Speaking Truth in Love

"Elyse Fitzpatrick has a very high view of God and this book reflects that view. With great clarity and intriguing biblical illustrations, Elyse explains how the 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."
- Martha Peace, Biblical counselor and author of The Excellent Wife

"If you are struggling with desires, addictions, and harmful behaviors that seem too strong to overcome, perhaps you are worshipping and 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, President, International Association of Biblical Counselors