You’ve probably heard of Kyle Idleman’s first book – Not a Fan. After all, as of today it’s #1 in Evangelism, #13 in Spiritual Growth, and #793 in ALL books on Amazon. And it’s already been out for three years! Kyle’s new book, AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything, came out last month. And it’s outstanding!
Main Topic: A review of “AHA” by Kyle Idleman.
There are four reasons you need to grab yourself a copy of AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything by Kyle Idleman. (Listen for the long version. Below is the short version.)
Reason 1: It is NECESSARY.
As Kyle dives deeply into the familiar story of the Prodigal Son, he unpacks an issue we all wrestle with. It shows up differently for each of us, but we all have a “Distant Country.” For some it’s a place. For some it’s a “season of life.” For some it’s an addiction.
I have a Distant Country. And so do you.
Reason 2: It is PRACTICAL.
Theory is enjoyable to read. Practical is life-changing. Not a chapter goes by in AHA without Kyle saying “Try this…” or “Put this book down and…” or “Ask yourself these questions…” Many of his practical suggestions are difficult. (Especially the bathroom mirror exercise on Page 89.) But if you want theory to transform you, it must be put into action. In AHA, Kyle does just that.
Reason 3: It is HONEST.
The simplest way I could put it is to say I would love to sit down with Kyle for a cup of coffee. Not to interview him (although I’d be up for that too). Just to hang with him. To laugh about our kids and some of the dumb stuff we’ve both done. I felt like I was reading the words of a friend, not a “mega-church pastor.”
He is also honest about something that is not politically correct to be honest about these days: the reality and consequences of sin. A hard truth. And yet…see Reason #1.
Reason 4: It is FUNNY.
Kyle is a very good writer. AHA contains the funniest use of footnotes I have ever found in a book. With references to 80’s movies, old video games, or the frustrated repairman, I truly found myself cracking up – sometimes out loud. Can’t say I expected that in a book that hunkers down with the Prodigal Son.
Listener Question (Listen at 20:38)
When it comes to the Bible, where do I start with my kids?”
I give two answers…but the basic one is “it depends.” If you have a younger (elementary school or below) child, focusing primarily on the “Big Story” is what I would recommend. Grab various age-appropriate Bibles and read the whole thing through. Get them very familiar with the entire story of the Bible.
If you have kids older than that, doing what I call the “New Disciple Challenge” is a great idea. The focus is Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts. You can find an outline of the New Disciple Challenge here. I also go into great detail in my book 10 Tips for Liking the Bible (Because Believing It’s True Is Not Enough).
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Links (People, Info, and Resources) from Episode 20:
- Amazon link to AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything
- Amazon link to Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus – Kyle’s best-selling first book.
- Southeast Christian Church – The church where Kyle is the Teaching Pastor
- Why 11.25 Is a Scary Number When It Comes to Faith – A post I refer to in the episode about how getting “a little off track” can be very dangerous over the long haul.
- Direct link to this podcast on iTunes.
- A Step-by-Step Guide to Subscribing to Any Podcast on Any Device (with screen shots)
- Podcast Art – Pipe & Tabor (Vancouver, WA)
- Intro/Outro Music – Dan Carollo of CeltoGrass Music
[reminder]What is one book you read a while ago that you are STILL thinking about?[/reminder]