This post is a review of Kyle Idleman’s new book, AHA Awakening, Honesty, Action. You can find the book HERE.
There are moments in our lives that forever change who we are. Moments like this have the power to change the course of our lives FOREVER. Kyle Idleman calls these AHA moments. Let’s face it, left to our own devices we WILL get into trouble. It’s in our very nature, without the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit, we simply can’t help ourselves. This truth can lead us to greater and greater trouble. As we move further from God and closer to disaster God often sends us messages, trying to get our attention. For many of us it is not until disaster hits that we finally hear God calling us. This book talks about such moments and seeks to help us here the warning messages that God is sending us before we “hit rock bottom.” Let’s take a brief look at what this book has to offer.
What is AHA? Kyle defines AHA as, “a sudden recognition that leads to an honest moment that brings about lasting change.” (1) This week I spoke with a woman who is currently going through a divorce. She said that her ex-husband referred to the divorce as “being hit with a baseball bat.” For him the divorce was an AHA moment. In that moment he came to a “sudden recognition that leads to an honest moment.” Time will only tell if this leads to lasting change for him, but I think we can count on him being at least a little different from here out.
“That’s where the AHA journey begins. Not with a determined commitment to self-help but with a humble request for God’s help.” (2) People are desperate for HELP. If you don’t believe me go to your local book store and check out the self help section. A quick search on Amazon.com for “self help” returned over 450,000 results. This certainly looks like desperation to me. The problem is that people are looking to themselves and to other PEOPLE for help. But, the truth is that we need to humbly seek God to bring about REALLY, LASTING CHANGE in our lives.
God’s trying to get our attention. As I mentioned above, God uses many things to try to get our attention, before we hit rock bottom. Here are some of the ways that Kyle lists that God tries to get our attention:
- His Word at just the right time: The Bible has a unique ability to speak to where you are and what is going on in your life. I can’t tell you the how many times I have read over a passage that I have read before and found something new.
- The words of someone in your life: After David had an adulterous affair and then killed the woman’s husband a friend approached him and told him of his wrong doing. This was David’s AHA moment.
- Future consequences: Sometimes God gives us a small taste of the consequences that await us if we keep on our current path. Kyle compares this to the TV show Scared Straight. In this show troubled kids spend a day in prison to get a glimpse of what their future can look like if they don’t change their ways. God does the same thing with us at times. (Want more examples? Read the book)
- The example of others before us: If we learn from the mistakes of others, than we have chance to avoid making the same mistakes.
A moment of desperation is often what it takes to get us turned back to God.”Oftentimes, our desperate moments reveal our inherent dependance on the Father.” (3) Unfortunately, we often ignore all the messages that God is sending us until it is too late. When we finally become desperate, we turn to God. It may be painful, but if we are to turn away from our current path and turn to God, sometimes we have to get to the point of desperation.
Is this book for you? In this book Kyle does a great job of showing why we need these AHA moments. He shows how they can benefit us and how we can have them BEFORE we hit disaster, before we are desperate. If you are in a moment of desperation, this book can help you find your way out. If you are heading down a road that leads to disaster, this book can help you see how God is calling you out of it and how to respond. Maybe you aren’t desperate and don’t think that you are on a road to disaster, still this book is for you.
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1.) AHA, Kyle Idleman, pg 14
2.) AHA, Kyle Idleman, pg 26
3.) AHA, Kyle Idleman, pg 62
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