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Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone, Revised and Updated (Fitzpatrick)

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Do you feel discouraged, even defeated, in your battle against habitual sin? Are you dismayed or surprised by the situations that bring out your fear, anger, or distress? Elyse Fitzpatrick delves into the heart of the problem: deep down, we’re all idol-worshippers who put our loves, desires, and expectations in God’s place—and then suffer the consequences of our misplaced affections. Yet God loves his people and can use even our messy lives and struggles for his glory. Fitzpatrick shows us how to better search and know our hearts, long for our gracious Savior, and resist and crush our false gods. Includes questions for further thought.

Revised edition. 


Table of Contents: 

  1. Rachel’s Gods and You
  2. Undivided Adoration
  3. Of First Importance
  4. The Heart Changer
  5. Better Than Life
  6. Knowing Your Heart
  7. Thinking about Your God
  8. Longing for God
  9. Willing to Obey
  10. Resisting Your Idols
  11. Crushing Your False God
  12. Delighting in God 

Appendix A: Discovering Sinful Patterns and False Gods 

Appendix B: What It Means to Be Legalistic 

 Appendix C: How You Can Know If You Are a Christian 



Elyse M. Fitzpatrick (MA, Trinity Theological Seminary) is a counselor, a retreat and conference speaker, and the head of Counsel from the Cross Ministries. Fitzpatrick has authored 18 books.



“Elyse Fitzpatrick is one of the best authors you could read today if you want help to truly love Jesus and recognize the deception of your own sinful heart. . . . I’m thrilled that after fifteen years a second edition of this excellent work is now available.” — Brad Bigney, Author, Gospel Treason

“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 wholehearted love for God.” — Martha Peace, Author, The Excellent Wife