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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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"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."
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"A great encouragement to those who have found themselves on a pathway filled with empty promises."
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"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!"
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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.
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But don't take that to mean they lack depth. "Empty Promises" works through some of the major "idols" that draw us away from God and what influences us to chase after them. These weren't too revelationary for me, as I have a pretty good hold on what my struggles are. However, I expect many people will find these chapters confronting and open their eyes to what is inhibiting their walks with Christ.
It's the final 3 chapters that held the most grunt for me and I certainly benefited greatly from their content. Pete brings us back to the core essence of beating down our idols from strangling our desire for the Lord. And it comes back to spending time with Him, and lots of it, allowing His Spirit to transform us.
There are many quotable quotes in this marvellous book and Pete also shares many tremendous "sound bites" from his own extensive reading. But it's this one from Pete in the final chapter that has stayed with me:
"I don' think being mature Christians means getting to a place where we never deal with idolatry. Rather, maturity comes when we become aware that this is going to be a lifelong battle ... and we make up our minds to engage in it on a daily basis. It's this realisation, I believe, that puts us on the road to freedom from the empty promises that attempt to control us." (p196)
That statement reminds me of Martin Luther's great quote that "we need to read the Bible every day because we forget it every day."
This is well written and easy to read with lots of anecdotes and solid food to digest.