- File Size: 647 KB
- Print Length: 244 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (September 16, 2010)
- Publication Date: September 16, 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004JHY8V2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,664 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Counterfeit Gods: When the Empty Promises of Love, Money and Power Let You Down Kindle Edition
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The early chapters focus on the "usual" suspects such as Romantic Love, Money, Success. Later in the book, Keller delves even deeper into the idols that our society accumulates and which we buy into without even realising it. If the book starts challenging, these chapters really make you think, especially how each of us, and the church, fits into our broader society.
There are two things which I found particularly helpful about this book. The first is how it invites you to question your emotions - what makes you afraid, what makes you relieved, what stresses you? Keller offers simple, straightforward clues to spot the hidden idols in your life, which really help.
The second is how he links each chapter to a biblical character. My husband also read the book and he commented that we don't realise just how flawed many biblical characters are. We talk about how flawed the characters in the Bible are, but we often only focus on the surface phenomenon that make the character flawed. What we miss is the deep idols that many of them allowed into their lives, which are much easier to miss when we read the Bible.
I would highly recommend this book to any Christian. It is easy to read while being very challenging. It's also the kind of book you can get a lot of mileage out of - I personally intend to re-read it every so often to remind myself off that easy-to-ignore "dirt".