Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power--and the Only Hope That Matters
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Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Dutton Books
Publication Date: 2009
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Success, true love, and the life youve always wanted. Many of us placed our faith in these things, believing they held the key to happiness, but with a sneaking suspicion they might not deliver. The recent economic meltdown has cast a harsh new light on these pursuits. In a matter of months, fortunes, marriages, careers, and a secure retirement have disappeared for millions of people. No wonder so many of us feel lost, alone, disenchanted, and resentful. But the truth is that we made lesser gods of these good thingsgods that cant give us what we really need. There is only one God who can wholly satisfy our cravingsand now is the perfect time to meet him again, or for the first time.
The Bible tells us that the human heart is an "idol-factory," taking good things and making them into idols that drive us. In Counterfeit Gods, Keller applies his trademark approach to show us how a proper understanding of the Bible reveals the unvarnished truth about societal ideals and our own hearts. This powerful message will cement Kellers reputation as a critical thinker and pastor, and comes at a crucial timefor both the faithful and the skeptical.
As the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, Tim Keller started his congregation with a few dozen people. It now draws over five thousand weekly attendees who meet in three Manhattan locations. Redeemer has since spawned a movement of churches across America and throughout major world cities. Many pastors model their churches on Redeemer and Tim's thoughtful style of preaching. Dr. Keller lives in New York City with his wife and sons.
Table of Contents
ONE All Youve Ever Wanted...1
TWO Love Is Not All You Need...22
THREE Money Changes Everything...48
FOUR The Seduction of Success...72
FIVE The Power and the Glory...97
SIX The Hidden Idols in Our Lives...126
SEVEN The End of Counterfeit Gods...154
Epilogue: Finding and Replacing Your Idols...165
Thank God, He is not counterfeit when its time to put your money where your mouth is. Thank Mr. Keller for exposing our tendency to make wrong bets! -- Pastor Daniel Perkins, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
ArtlacTexasAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5This book goes in my top five of must reads.October 24, 2013ArtlacTexasAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 5Read it! Then pick up Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline.
amzngsunny floridaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5great authorFebruary 21, 2013amzngsunny floridaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is one of my top two favorite books. This hits big wigs, it hits your friends, your relatives and then (hopefully), most of all, it hits YOU (and you may be a big wig!).
It is so well written that it's easy to read and understand, but it needs to be read slowly to get the impact and take it to heart. It's deep and profound.
I HIGHLY recommend "Counterfeit Gods."
AndreaSouth St Paul, MNAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great ReadApril 13, 2012AndreaSouth St Paul, MNAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a really good book to read. It points out things you would never have thought of. Very thought provoking.
DaveMifflinburg, PAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A book anyone and everyone should take to heart.October 1, 2011DaveMifflinburg, PAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mr. Keller goes in depth to expose the idols and idolic behavior we allow in our daily lives. Included are analysis of various Bible heroes and their stories as well.
Always a good read but very timely just now in the face of our world's financial and other issues.
mvanderCalgary, AB5 Stars Out Of 5Insightful, well written, impactful, excellent!May 20, 2011mvanderCalgary, ABQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have read most of it twice and have given additional copies to friends and coworkers. CGs addresses a topic so dominant in Scripture, yet this was the first book that I have seen or read on the subject of idolatry. It has been the book that has impacted me on my journey with Christ more that any other that I have read in years! I learned so much about myself that I just had not realized. I loved "The Resson fore God" for my mind and CGs for my heart.
Like many books the, most powerful part is at the beginning and the end not as much. That being said, the latter part discussed "National Idolatry" and was helpful in understanding history and various regimes like Nazi Germany.
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