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Household Gods

Author Ted Kluck & Kristin Kluck
Narrator Adam Verner & Amy Rubinate
Runtime 3.75 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date August 18, 2014
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In the midst of a Christian subculture that idolizes families, an evangelical history of overcelebrating families, and a secular culture that overprograms families, one American family identifies the danger they’re in the midst of and embarks on a radical adventure. Household Gods offers an examination of the culture that spawned family idolatry and the steps we can take to flee this idolatry and escape to the Cross.

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In the midst of a Christian subculture that idolizes families, an evangelical history of overcelebrating families, and a secular culture that overprograms families, one American family identifies the danger they’re in the midst of and embarks on a radical adventure. Household Gods offers an examination of the culture that spawned family idolatry and the steps we can take to flee this idolatry and escape to the Cross.

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Is Family an Idol?
Household Gods by Ted Kluck and Kristin Kluck have written a most interesting book on the topic of making a happy, healthy family an idol in the lives of well meaning Christians. In a world that is struggling against broken and dysfunctional families, this book presents that some families have gone too far the other way in putting more importance on a strong family than their relationship with God.

The authors use examples from their own life to portray how a well meaning Christian family can put their family as their first priority instead of having God in that position. Still the book comes across as a lot of rants and very few solutions, which isn't particularly helpful.

When I first started this book I was very sceptical about this concept and wondered how important it really was in the scheme of all the seemingly more important problems facing both the world and the church today. However they do raise some valid points and in particular some of their examples are quite challenging.

The narration was quite good as there were both male and female narrators to cover the husband and wife authors section, which was quite well done. Also it flowed quite smoothly and was quite easy to understand.

This book would be good for parents to read to make sure they aren't falling into the trap of worshipping their “perfect” family that God has given them.

This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
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Review by / (Posted on 1/13/2015)
A Cautionary Tale
Household Gods by Ted and Kristen Kluck sets out to expose one of the biggest and most overlooked idols of my generation: the family. The Klucks’ premise is that the family has replaced God for many American Christians, and the church does little to challenge this idolatry, possibly even encouraging it. They are spot on in their evaluation.

The book unfolds in a memoir-esk fashion; walking through with brutal honesty Ted and Kristen’s dating, engagement and marriage, their infertility issues, their financial challenges, their over-commitment to sports, and more. They explain how each of these circumstances brought with them new idols to worship, and how these idols eventually came crashing down with emotionally crushing force.

Household Gods is a cautionary tale about how the everyday can become our everything, and leave us broken and empty when our idols fail to deliver. The chapters on infertility, sports, and money are particularly good. While I found this book incredibly convicting, what was missing for me is a celebration of the blessings of following the true God and worshipping Him only. Why not take the reader to the One Source of true life after exposing all the phonies? This is what American Christians are really desperate for.

I appreciated Ted’s cultural references to grunge music, Wes Anderson movies, and the New Calvinists. He has a unique voice as a writer, and this book got me excited to read some of his other books, as this is the first of his I’ve read.

This is a must read for all the comfortable Christians in our churches; the ones who have no major vices, and don’t see themselves as idolaters. We are all worshippers, and Household Gods may just be the wake-up call you need to avoid the emotional fallout of misplaced worship. Check it out!

Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the Christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work.
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Review by / (Posted on 11/2/2014)
Great Book, Especially for Hipster Neo-Calvinists!
I tend to gravitate toward unusual books. Today, best sellers are usually "10 steps to this" or "three steps to that". Those kind books are about as deep as a thimble of water. They are soooo boring. Give me something I can sink my teeth into. When I saw this book, it really peaked my interest - How can family become an idol?

I think what drew me to listen to this book is the fact that in today’s society the family is derided so much. From the idiot dads, to the single parent households, the nuclear family is all but extinct. So how can it be placed as an idol when no one cares about it anymore?

If an idol is something we replace God with and the family is considered "out of date", how can it become an idol?

When starting this book, I felt I would be disappointed - Ho Hum, another Hipster Postmodern Neo-Calvinists whipping himself in public to show everyone how humble he is.

I WAS WRONG. What I saw here was a man who seemed to have it all, but was miserable because he placed his dream of a perfect family in the place of God’s will. In places, you can see the pain that both he and his wife have faced.

This idol of the family was created because of our culture’s desire to destroy the family. In many cases, the Christian pendulum has swung too far in the opposite direction. We have placed family as such a priority, that all else pales in comparison.

How do we get our priorities right? Place God back on the throne! When we place Him first, all other things will fall into place.

All in all, this was a very good book. The narration was very well done and the sound was crisp and clear. They have Adam Verner (male) as narrator for Ted’s part and Amy Rubinate (female) for Kristin's. Both do a great job.

I enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it, especially for those Hipster Postmodern Neo-Calvinists, of which I am a part of - minus the postmodern.

I highly recommend this audiobook and give it a 5 out of 5 star.

I enjoyed this book courtesy of the Christian Audio review program at http://christianaudio.com and received the audio book, free of charge, from ChristianAudio.com in exchange for an honest review.
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Review by / (Posted on 11/1/2014)
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