My Beautiful Idol - eBook  -     By: Pete Gall
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Zondervan / 2009 / ePub

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Tired of materialistic, me-first culture Pete Gall leaves a well-paying job in advertising to go serve the poor and homeless. Raw, honest and edgy, Gall doesn't spare the details of his own struggles with faith and culture. What emerges is one man's discovery of God's amazing love in the messiness and unanswered questions of life.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780310540403
ISBN-13: 9780310540403
UPC: 025986540401
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Publisher's Description

The author of My Beautiful Idol is on a quest to be successful—in a lucrative job at an advertising agency, in ministry work, even in his relationships. And in a futile attempt to control the sources of love and security, he has turned these things into idols he can keep in his soul's back pocket. He pulls the idols out when he feels vulnerable and defenseless, and hides them again when things are going well. But the idols keep failing—even when he turns to his own Christian faith. In a creative narrative style rooted in raw honesty, My Beautiful Idol invites readers to identify with the young would-be Christian hero as he seeks God, and as he hides from God. Far from reducing complex matters to simplistic formulas, Pete Gall weaves together stories both sublime and wretched, ego-building and humbling, humorous and painful, and successfully celebrates the messiness of faith, the importance of validating truth, and the unscripted nature of experiencing a God who is intimately involved in all of life.

Author Bio

Pete Gall is an author, speaker, freelance copywriter, brand strategist, and passion-driven gadfly whose clients range from Fortune 50 corporations to national denominations, tech start-ups, nonprofit organizations, and local churches. Pete and his amazing wife, Christine, live in Indianapolis with their two dogs.

Endorsements

“St. Augustine invented the confessional memoir. Modern examples are shorter and funnier (think Anne Lamott and Donald Miller). Now comes Pete Gall, who somehow gathers the messiness of his life into an enduring account, one both poignant and whimsical.” - Philip Yancey, author of What’s So Amazing about Grace?

“My Beautiful Idol is a delicate reminder to denounce all that dazzles that does not look like Jesus. It is an invitation to say no to all other lovers and counterfeit hopes, and to put our faith in the God that is blessing the most downtrodden people of this world, the God whose gospel is good news to the poor.” - Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution

Publisher's Weekly

At age 23 Gall walked away from a lucrative advertising job, determined to uphold his ethical standards while revolutionizing the world and the church. Five years later, after dropping out of seminary and quitting jobs with a rehab program, a community center, a home for developmentally disabled men, Bud's Warehouse and a plumbing distributor, he returned to his Midwestern family, musing, "What do you call someone who leaves the ordinary world on a hero's journey, but fails?" Like Rob Bell (Velvet Elvis) and Donald Miller (Blue Like Jazz), Gall is edgy the evangelical way: he keeps sex and swearing mostly offstage, but, like other good guys, drinks, doubts and unleashes scathing sarcasm at the conservative Christian subculture.Now in his mid-30s, Gall mocks his younger self throughout: a "fat blond guy" with "no car, no cash, no direction, no prospects, no discipline." Relentlessly ironic, he may invite misunderstanding: do his harsh criticisms reflect his present view of evangelical reality, or are they meant to show his postadolescent pomposity?Nevertheless, his themes are clear: God doesn't need an image consultant; it is better to be authentic than great; and to achieve authenticity we must forsake "our deepest sin and our love for our most beautiful idol: to be our own god." (May) - Copyright © 1997-2005 Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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    This review was written for My Beautiful Idol.
    "I wonder what it would be like to wake up and be with other people who are awake--to live with less fear, fewer lies, less compulsive consumption and all the other junk that keeps us anesthetized. I wonder if there are people who actually live that way. Weirdos, I'm sure." -My Beautiful Idol pg 20With that, the author leaves a good paying job in advertising and heads off to change the world for God. He ends up working in a rehab program, as a pastor's assistant in an urban church, at a group home for mentally-disabled men, for a ministry program, and as a plumbing salesman.His encounters with fellow Christians are at times comical and at other times heart-breaking. The hardest parts are when you recognize yourself in the people he meets and in his struggles and you understand that we often do good things for totally wrong reasons.I found this book challenging as I followed the author from the brashness of youth and a desire to make a difference to the more mellow faith that is slightly tempered by life experiences. He does an excellent job of illustrating how we each hide behind our "things" and how God is rarely how we expect him to be. However, He is always there. The arguments are not always simple and I'll admit that there were a couple of times that I had a hard time following. It was worth the effort though.
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