AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything by Kyle Idleman is a book that takes the (what can sometimes seem) overly familiar parable of the Prodigal Son and shows through multiple real-life examples just how modern and relevant this tale is today—for “sinners and saints” alike! The title stands for Awakening Honesty and Action – and goes through how important each step is for a change to be long lasting and true. One step while not paired with the other two is common but makes it so that real change never happens.
This is the first book of Kyle’s that I’ve read, although I thought that his Not a Fan (which is now a best seller) looked like one I’d really enjoy. His writing style is very easy to relate to, open, and easy to read—much like many other amazing Christian authors of the day—names like Max Lucado, Francis Chan, and David Platt come to my mind. I appreciated how he mixed in personal anecdotes with Biblical examples and gave it all in a way that was very easy to grasp but also thought provoking.
He starts out by talking about Self Help books and how this book is about as opposite of those as you can get—because “self can’t help”. I loved this because I’ve always felt perplexed at the massive amount of self help books as well, and agree with his statement that if they actually worked there would only be one book of each written!
My favorite part of AHA actually came at the very end. After talking about the Prodigal son and all of the different things, steps, and actions he went through—he doesn’t stop there. Many times sermons about the prodigal son stop at the Father wrapping him up in his arms. Kyle reminds us, however, that there is another son in this story—and one we can learn from just as much as the prodigal. I loved his section on “The Older Son” and what we as “good Christians” need to guard against and be careful of. A lot of things in that section really hit home and I love that he included it!
It was a great book and one that I will be adding to my bookshelf for keeping! If you can relate to the prodigal or even if you’re more of the “older brother” type—there is something in this book for you!