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Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You're Believing Paperback – April 9, 2012
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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, looks to help the reader identify their own inclination to drift toward putting their identity in other things and offer them a wake-up call to find their meaning in Christ alone. Let Hope In, Pete's third book, presents a new look at the power of healing through hope, revealing 4 unique choices that have the potential to change your life forever. With Wilson's telltale cadence and candor, Let Hope In explores accounts of seemingly hopeless moments in the Bible; illustrating God's ultimate plan for healing by letting hope fill the dark places of your past.
Pete's fourth book, What Keeps You Up At Night?, releasing in May 2015, will challenge you to take steps of trust along the path toward God's best for your life and enable you to withstand doubt, opposition, and worry.
Pete is also an avid blogger (www.PeteWilson.tv); he enjoys the outdoors, farming, and Titans football. When he's looking for rest, you can often find Pete gardening, hanging out with Brandi, or playing outside with their three boys.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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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.
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!!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pete Wilson is a well-known pastor and author from Nashville. I enjoy reading his books. I think he definitely speaks to the main-stream church culture very well. Read morePublished 8 months ago by A. J. Goldsberry
This book is a great summary of our challenge in meeting the needs of the wide spectrum of our brothers and sisters in Christ.Published 8 months ago by Harold F. Vann
I enjoyed PlanB much more than this book, but there is much here got chew on and even discuss with others. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Antwuan Malone
I've really enjoyed Empty Promises, just as I've loved all the other books Pastor Pete Wilson has wrote. Read morePublished 12 months ago by collinsc93
I have struggled for so long in my life with idols especially the idol of beauty and acceptance. This book helped me to identify where I was wrong and how to move forward in... Read morePublished 15 months ago by TP
I love this book for several different reasons. Pete does a great job guiding the reader as to why we have an idolatry problem without being condescending. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jonathan Milligan