What treasure are you seeking? You Are the Treasure that I Seek – But There’s a Lot of Cool Stuff Out There, Lord (Discovery House, 2009) by Greg Dutcher is a Christian non-fiction book (the first I’ve read on the topic of idolatry) that accurately defines idolatry as replacing God with something else.
The word “stuff” in the title grabbed my attention. I am an anti-stuff person and already aware of idolatry’s danger; however, this book not only reaffirmed what I already knew but educated me more on idolatry’s biblical past and its present influence in my life. The author is correct in writing that idolatry corrupts us in ways other than just stuff. It can be anything that replaces God. Your motivation is the magnifying glass on the treasure you are seeking.
The chapters progress from an introduction of idolatry, to how it has infected people over history and how it infects us today, to the realization of it in our lives and how to defeat it by a lifetime journey with Christ. At the end of each chapter is a prayer, study guide, and quotes. I enjoyed the study guide to expand on the chapter’s points, but the quotes didn’t do much for me. Greg Dutcher compares idolatry to a disease he calls “idolatry syndrome”. This syndrome began when Adam and Eve traded fellowship with God for a piece of fruit, and the bad trades people make still continue today. The author wrote this book to warn Christians of the dangers of this overlooked sin.
I hope you don’t overlook this book. I hope He is your heart’s treasure.
Disclosure of Material Connection: This book was provided, by Discovery House Publishers, in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.