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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849946514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849946516
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Pete Wilson is one of my favorite people and authors. If he writes it, I read it. Be prepared to think more deeply and live more authentically. This is not your average book-but rather a message which is compellingly real and relevant. Get your highlighter ready, this book is a game changer."
Jack Graham

Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church


"Pete has unlocked some practical and challenging insights that will lead you to a deeper relationship with Christ."
Steven Furtick
Lead Pastor, Elevation Church
Author, Sun Stand Still

"By digging into what Pete shows us the Scripture says about life, we can break free of the pursuit of meaningless things and focus our efforts on something that really does make an eternal impact."
Perry Noble
Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church

"A great encouragement to those who have found themselves on a pathway filled with empty promises."
Brian Houston
Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church

"Pete Wilson is the real deal. And this book is an essential tool for understanding the real you. We all long for something more in our lives. Empty Promises provides the framework to uncover God's best for us. A wake up call to our generation!"
Brad Lomenick
Executive Director, Catalyst

From the Back Cover

Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee.  Pete desires to see churches become radically devoted to Christ, irrevocably committed to one another, and relentlessly dedicated to reaching those outside of God's family.  Pete and his wife, Brandi, have three boys.

More About the Author

Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, a committed church community that he and his wife, Brandi, planted in 2003. Over the course of 9 years, Cross Point has grown to reach more than 5,000 people each weekend through its five campuses located around the Nashville area, and online. As one of the fastest growing churches in America, Pete's ministry--an outreach focused on helping people become devoted to Christ, irrevocably committed to each other, and relentlessly dedicated to reaching those outside of God's family with the Gospel--has made Pete a frequent speaker at national and international church conferences.

Pete gained national attention in 2010 when Thomas Nelson published his best-selling book, Plan B, a title that has been printed in five languages and launched Putting Plan B into Action, a 6-week DVD curriculum that serves as a study companion to the book. Empty Promises, Pete's much-anticipated second book, released in April 2012.

Pete earned his Bachelors degree in Communications from Kentucky Western University an attended seminary at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Pete is also an avid blogger (www.PeteWilson.tv); he enjoys the outdoors, hunting, gardening, watching football, and spending time with his wife and their 3 boys.

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Pete Wilson has written an engaging, thought-provoking book filled with hard-hitting truths.
Create With Joy
I just finished reading Empty Promises by Pete Wilson, which deals very well with this topic of looking to other things to give us what only God can.
Stevie G.
Maybe, you feel that God has forgotten about you, this book will renew your hope and give you clarity on "life empty promises".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ChristianDroid on April 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
"You see, the question we're dealing with in this book is not `Do you have idols?' We've already determined that the heart is an idol factory. The real question for any of us is this: Which idol is God's biggest rival in your life?" This quote from Empty Promises, a new book by Pete Wilson gives us an idea of what this book is all about. According to Wilson, we all have idols in our lives. Anything that we try to use to seek the things that only God can give us is an idol. We as humans are programmed to seek something better in our lives, we must learn to rely on God to supply those things and not look to the world for them.

Upon opening the book I was immediately captured by the ideas that Wilson presents in his book. I recognize that I have many idols in my life, there are many things that I look to provide me with satisfaction, but sadly none of them can give what only God can provide. We all do, whether we want to admit it to ourselves or not.

Wilson does not write this book in order to provide the reader with great theological theories and topics. Instead he has written a practical book for the everyday person to read and understand that we place to much emphasis on those things that are of this world. As humans we think that we can be fulfilled through power, money, prestige, or inanimate objects; but as children of God, we can only be fulfilled through a relationship with Him.

One of the things that I really appreciated in this book was the author's use of personal stories to illustrate his point. As you read the book you become aware of the fact that the author is experiencing the same things that the rest of us do on a daily basis. He is fighting the same battles with idols as you and I.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Micah Hasty on April 16, 2012
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Empty Promises is really a book about worship and idolatry. Pete opens with some quotes from Louie Giglio's book The Air I Breathe about how we all worship something. We all put things on the thrones of our lives. For some of us, that's God... sometimes.

Pete digs into idolatry on a very practical level, exposing some hidden idols in the forms of success, achievement, relationships, self-worth and the like. The book revolves around exposing these idols in our hearts and telling of the empty promises they lead us to believe.

This is an excellent book on worship and self evaluation. It causes me to look at the various idols and ask questions that dig to the core of where I really put them in my life. I highly recommend this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tina on April 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
Good Morning,
Yet another great book!! I like the front cover and the fortune cookie, what it says, The truth about you, Your desires, and the lies you're believing...How true is that, lets face it everyday we all struggle with those things that we think define us.
Prestige, beauty, personality, and even our relationships. In his book Empty Promises Pete Wilson leads you to the only PROMISE that is needed and that is a relationship with JESUS!! The journey you will embark on in reading this book will set you free and truly capture the creation you are as a son and daughter of JESUS, Empty promises is a right now message for all of us no matter what area you are struggling in, trust by the end of this book you will see how unimportant it is!!
Many Blessings
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Lynn on September 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
I hate to be the naysayer but I read so many books by pastors that look like sermons or sermon series simply made into a book. I've been tempted to do the same thing. And why not? Here's why not? Sermons prepared to be preached don't always translate well into books made to be read.

Having said that, I need to give Empty Promises by Pete Wilson, senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN, a mixed review. At times he is so "right on" that I feel compelled to borrow his main points for my own preaching. And then the other half of the time I found the writing quite trite.

In Empty Promises, Wilson tackles an important topic that I haven't seen a lot of books covering in Christendom: the hidden idols that drive us and turn our devotion away from God. His choice of "idols" are excellent and he covers the folly and solution quite well...about half the time. At other times I saw a disconnect with his description of the "idol" and the causes and solution.

I must say that 2 chapters stood out for me as being most excellent. "Money always wants to be more than money" and "Religion lies" both struck a chord for me personally and as I seek to minister to others who find themselves in bondage to these idols.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <[...]> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charissa on July 9, 2012
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Pete Wilson tells us that "We all long for more of something in our lives. We all treasure something of someone above our everyday experience. . . Simply put, we are a people wired to worship. The question isn't 'Do we worship?' The question is 'What (or who) do we worship?'"

This is a convicting look at the things that surround us and how we interact with them in a spiritual level. What are our idols? If one cannot serve two gods, what is it that is standing between you and your full relationship with the one try e God? Are you seduced by achievement? Addicted to approval? Are you obsessed with power or money? Are you so religious you has elect no room for God? What about beauty? Life long dreams? Wilson covers each of these common idols comprehensively and in a manner that will make anyone at any t too their walk stop to think about exactly how they are influenced by that idol and its place in our culture. If you don think any of these things have a pedestal in your life, think again. They may be creeping into places of control in your life that you hadn't realized.

Wilson wraps up by writing about how we can work to move these idols to a lower position in our heart and put God back on top. Much to my delight, in his treatment of this, he addresses some important spiritual disciplines: prayer, fasting, solitude, scripture.

This book is not fluffy Christian self-help. Don't bother reading it if you just want something to make you feel nice. This is serious, well researched, and theologically sound information that Wilson has offered to his readers. This book is for those who are serious about figuring out how to truly surrender their life to God, not just those who want a quick emotional pick me up wrapped in spiritual clothing.
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