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Book Review: AHA by Kyle Idleman

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AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything

Awakening. Honesty. Action.

Kyle Idleman


224 pages

Available in paperback, Kindle, Audiobook CD, and Audible audio download. I read the paperback edition.


You probably don’t think of yourself as a prodigal. I didn’t. I’ve been a Christian for decades. I even wrote a whole chapter on the Parable of the Prodigal Brother in my book, Best Friends with God, so I thought I knew what I needed to know about prodigals. But when Kyle Idleman began to probe my heart with the details of the Parable of the Prodigal Son, I began to change my mind. In Kyle’s mind, the return of a prodigal to the father is not a one-time occurrence, but a recurring event that needs to take place in our lives.

In his model, based on the tale of the prodigal son, he suggests we need a good Awakening to the condition of our spiritual lives. Then we need to face the facts about ourselves with raw Honesty. And finally, we need this newfound awareness of our condition to lead us to Action. In steps that are incredibly simple, readers learn to identify areas of their lives ripe for change before we hit rock bottom.

I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and laced with stories, many of which were laugh-out-loud funny. (My favorite was the one he told about his ears. I was laughing so hard I was crying.) I actually think this is the model of what every good Christian book should be—easy to read, enjoyable, and packs a punch.

Here’s a brief sample of what I mean:

My brother-in-law is a police officer. . . . I remember one time he told me about some different accident scenes that he had come upon, including some with some pretty serious injuries. As he told me about it, I said, “Well, they must have been relieved when you showed up on the scene. People must feel a lot better when they see you pull up.”


He said, “Not really. A lot of times they’re pretty nervous, because when I come on the scene, I’m there to investigate. I’m there to assign blame.” He paused for a moment before adding, “But they’re always glad to see the paramedics. See, the paramedics come in, and their job is to free those who are trapped, bandage those who have been wounded, and help those who are hurting.”


The Pharisees listening to Jesus learned what we often forget: faithful followers of Christ aren’t on earth to assign blame; we’re here to free the trapped, bandage the wounded, help the hurting, and celebrate homecomings.



Kyle Idleman, AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything, 2014, page 201.


Until we learn to love people the way Jesus loved people, we still have prodigal hearts. I learned to look at things differently and see areas of my life where I’ve been prodigal and I need to return to the Father for help.

I’m sure you will enjoy and feel challenged by AHA. Take time to read it so you can discover your AHA moment.


I give Kyle Idleman’s AHA five cups of love.

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1410496: AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything AHA: The God Moment That Changes EverythingBy Kyle Idleman / David C. CookAre there places in your life where you would like to experience an aha! moment? A moment of truth that renews your heart and mind bringing transformation? Maybe for you, it’s a fear or a failure that you just can’t shake. For some, it could be the need for approval, a food addiction, or an all-out rebellion that leads to a life of excess and shame, like the prodigal son.As a pastor, Kyle Idleman has heard dozens of stories from people about their aha! moments. In this newest book, he shares the common threads from their stories, and the story of the prodigal son that will help you reconnect with the love of our heavenly Father. Drawing on Scriptural truths, he outlines three key elements (Awakening, Honesty, Action) that will draw you closer to God and change your life for good.

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