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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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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 ›
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.
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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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.
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I liked the mix of humor and reality as we are forced to look at life in the way God wants us to see it. We aren't what we do. We are the children of the King of Kings.Published 1 month ago by Nancy
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 15 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 15 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 17 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 19 months ago by collinsc93
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