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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

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"Pete has unlocked some practical and challenging insights that will lead you to a deeper relationship with Christ."
Steven Furtick
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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."
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Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church

"A great encouragement to those who have found themselves on a pathway filled with empty promises."
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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!"
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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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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849946514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849946516
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
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"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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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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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.

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This is Pete's second book and both have a disarming conversational-style of writing that makes them easy to read.

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.

Highly recommended.
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