I have an ambitious goal of reading 40 books this year and books like AHA make this goal possible. I am not writing that to imply that AHA was a short read with no depth but that Idleman’s style of writing works with me. AHA not only spurred thoughts but I retained these layered thoughts because of the stories Idleman utilized to communicate.
AHA builds off of the the story of the Prodigal Son; a story I have preached on and studied many times. But Idleman introduced many new angles to this well-known story. AHA is an acrostic of three thoughts: awakening (realizing our situation is not ideal), honesty (understanding that you need help) and action (stop procrastinating and run to Jesus).
Here are some highlights from AHA that resonated with me:
“That’s where the AHA journey begins. Not with a determined commitment to self-help but with a humble request for God’s help.” (p. 26)
“A good friend will sound the alarm. They don’t want to share it, and you don’t want hear it, but it’s the only way you’ll wake up.” (p. 39)
“God, open our eyes, and let us see the pride that has blinded us, the sin that has hardened us, and the lies that have deceived us.” (p. 46)
“If you’re in need of a startling realization in your life, begin with solitude and silence. You may find that God has been trying to get your attention for a while but you haven’t been able to hear Him. Not because He hasn’t been loud enough, but because you haven’t been quiet enough.” (p. 69)
“Instead of brutal honesty, many of us have chosen continued denial. We have been confronted with a reality that is so uncomfortable, so inconvenient, we choose to continue living in a false reality.” (p. 99)
“Defensiveness often reveals an area of our lives where we’re in denial.” (p. 107)
“Our society has become masterful about blaming others for our own foolish choices. Instead of being brutally honest with ourselves, most of us want to place the blame on others.” (p. 114)
“Sometimes, as a pastor, in an effort to avoid upsetting people, I tend to lighten the full brunt of the truth. There’s a temptation to avoid using words like sin, sinner, hell, and punishment.” (p. 128)
“We spend much of our lives stuck between honesty and action.” (p. 144)
“The Prodigal Son didn’t just hope his luck would change. He didn’t wait for the famine to end and the economy to turn around. He came up with a plan of action.” (p. 156)
“When there is an awakening and you come to your senses and know something needs to be done and think to yourself, Tomorrow I will … or Next week I’m going to … That is not the Holy Sprit. The Holy Spirit does not procrastinate.” (p. 180)
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