In gods at war, Kyle Idleman, bestselling author of not a fan, helps every believer recognize there are false gods at war within each of us, and they battle for the place of glory and control in our lives. What keeps us from truly following Jesus is that our hearts are pursuing something or someone else. While these pursuits may not be the “graven images” of old, they are in fact modern day idols. Behind the sin you’re struggling with, the discouragement you’re dealing with, the lack of purpose you’re living with is a false god that is winning the war for your heart. According to Idleman, idolatry isn’t an issue—it is the issue. By asking insightful questions, Idleman reveals which false gods each of us are allowing on the throne of our lives. What do you sacrifice for? What makes you mad? What do you worry about? Whose applause do you long for? We’re all wired for worship, but we often end up valuing and honoring the idols of money, sex, food, romance, success and many others that keep us from the intimate relationship with God that we desire. Using true, powerful and honest testimonies of those who have struggled in each area, gods at war illustrates a clear path away from the heartache of our 21st century idolatry back to the heart of God – enabling us to truly be completely committed followers of Jesus.
Author: J.B. Phillips
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2012-03-20
This forty-year-old Christian classic and bestseller is a study group favorite; this book challenges readers’ conventional views about God and encourages them to search for a meaningful redefinition of a higher power that is relevant to contemporary existence. Your God is Too Small is a groundbreaking work of faith, which challenges the constraints of traditional religion. In his discussion of God, author J.B. Phillips encourages Christians to redefine their understanding of a creator without labels or earthly constraints and instead search for a meaningful concept of God. Phillips explains that the trouble facing many of us today is that we have not found a God big enough for our modern needs. In a world where our experience of life has grown in myriad directions and our mental horizons have been expanded to the point of bewilderment by world events and scientific discoveries, our ideas of God have remained largely static. This inspirational work tackles tough topics and inspires readers to reevaluate and connect more deeply with a God that is relevant to current experience and big enough to command respect and admiration.
Author: Jan Assmann
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
Release Date: 2008-06-17
For thousands of years, our world has been shaped by biblical monotheism. But its hallmark—a distinction between one true God and many false gods—was once a new and radical idea. Of God and Gods explores the revolutionary newness of biblical theology against a background of the polytheism that was once so commonplace. Jan Assmann, one of the most distinguished scholars of ancient Egypt working today, traces the concept of a true religion back to its earliest beginnings in Egypt and describes how this new idea took shape in the context of the older polytheistic world that it rejected. He offers readers a deepened understanding of Egyptian polytheism and elaborates on his concept of the “Mosaic distinction,” which conceives an exclusive and emphatic Truth that sets religion apart from beliefs shunned as superstition, paganism, or heresy. Without a theory of polytheism, Assmann contends, any adequate understanding of monotheism is impossible. Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the American Association of School Librarians, and Best Books for Special Interests, selected by the Public Library Association
Welcome to my book, The Nazarene. May Yahuah give us all eyes to see the Truth, the ears to hear what the stars proclaim day after day, night after night, and the mind to overcome 2,000 years of the Lying Pen of the Scribes and the traditions/doctrines passed down generation after generation that are "nothing but lies, false gods, and things of no profit". In this book, I am going to overcome these lies. I am going to show the proper meaning and intent of Scripture by correcting the mistranslations and demonstrate the meaning in context. I will portray The Nazarene in proper context of The Heavenly Scroll, within the proper relationship to his Father, and lay out his life as a human being. I will show that Yahusha came to show us The Way whereby we all can achieve the Fullness of Deity in our bodies, Fulfill The Law, and defeat death. That "Way" is Mikveh, Circumcision, and Offering on Passover. While these Hebrew Roots teachers claim to have 'come out of Babylon' they remain knee deep in it. These "teachers" are self-appointed and remain Hellenized... They all have denied The Creator's Witness of Yahusha written in the stars at creation called The Heavenly Scroll. Instead of teaching the Truth, that Yahusha was given Glory with Yahuah at Creation, written in The Heavenly Scroll, where The Branch is foretold as a "Lamb that would be slaughtered"; they teach us that Yahusha pre-existed and was co-creator. These men who claim to understand the Scriptures, have denied the very source of inspiration of all the Prophets, as they all to a man, were Witnessing the coming of the Branch, Orion, in The Heavenly Scroll. We have twisted the Scriptures to serve our own blasphemous purposes to tickle the ears of the people who want a demi-god in the image of all pagan religions. Much like when the Israelites rejected Yahuah as their King and demanded a human King like all the pagan nations. We have adopted "the way of the pagans" in the most fundamental pagan doctrine of all! Incarnation.
Legend has it that the Alleluia Files contain the truth about the god of Samaria. Now, a child raised in captivity among the angels will journey the length and breadth of her world to seek the documents that will alter the face of Samaria forever...
Author: Michael Largo
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 2010-06-29
Genre: Social Science
God’s Lunatics is an eyebrow-raising encyclopedia of the strange and shocking side of history’s religions, cults, and spiritual movements, by Michael Largo, the bestselling author of the Bram Stoker Award-winning Final Exits. A fascinating compendium of “Lost Souls, False Prophets, Martyred Saints, Murderous Cults, Demonic Nuns, and Other Victims of Man’s Eternal Search for the Divine,” God’s Lunatics contains a wealth of valuable extreme spiritual information—including the number of exorcisms performed each year and the proper method for identifying the Antichrist.
Author: John D. Currid
Publisher: Crossway Books
Release Date: 2013
Did the writers of Scripture borrow ideas from their cultural neighbors? What is the relationship between the Old Testament and ancient Near Eastern mythology? Currid examines the evidence, arguing that the Old Testament is highly polemical as he stresses differentiation over continuity.
Author: Edward E. Curtis IV
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Release Date: 2009-04-23
Genre: Social Science
Taking the influential work of Arthur Huff Fauset as a starting point to break down the false dichotomy that exists between mainstream and marginal, a new generation of scholars offers fresh ideas for understanding the religious expressions of African Americans in the United States. Fauset's 1944 classic, Black Gods of the Metropolis, launched original methods and theories for thinking about African American religions as modern, cosmopolitan, and democratic. The essays in this collection show the diversity of African American religion in the wake of the Great Migration and consider the full field of African American religion from Pentecostalism to Black Judaism, Black Islam, and Father Divine's Peace Mission Movement. As a whole, they create a dynamic, humanistic, and thoroughly interdisciplinary understanding of African American religious history and life. This book is essential reading for anyone who studies the African American experience.