"Idolatry is when I look to something that does not have Gods power to give me what only God has the power and authority to give. But sooner or later we discover the heartbreaking truth that no matter how beautiful or rich or powerful we become, its never enough, writes the author.
We are never satisfied. We are always looking for that which will make us richer, powerful, more attractive, successful, or whatever will make us happy and our lives meaningful. Even if we attain any of these, they are short-lived. Beauty fades, we lose our families as we pursue a successful career, we lose our jobs, then our homes, all because we made poor choices as we chased the American dream to have it all.
The author writes about these being empty promises, because they cant really make us happier or fulfilled. That need within us can only be met by God. He writes that we must replace our idols with God himself.
Reading this book caused me to look at my own life to see what idols I need to replace with God. Its very practical and thought provoking.
This book addresses the issue of leading an empty, meaningless life by chasing after dreams and goals that will only leave us empty and unfulfilled. It was a good book and really hit home on some issues that were not even realized as being issues. To be honest, though, it seems like this topic is discussed regularly by many other authors. I guess that just reveals how much of an issue it is. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÂ®.com <http://BookSneezeÂ®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
If we can be honest with ourselves, we will admit we have some things that we consciously and unconsciously idolize in our lives. Pete shows us some of the main things that people tend to base their lives on and hence idolize them. He also goes on to talk about how the promises that stem from these idols can be shallow or most often, just empty.We often base our identity on money, job, beauty etc and when it gets taken away from us, we are left with an empty feeling. That's a dangerous place to be as these material things do not have a solid foundation to stand on. Christ is the only solid rock and He never forsakes us - doesn't matter if we have money or no money, employed or unemployed and so on. God looks at us and says we are perfect in Him. We can feel that ONLY when we put our trust in Him and not on any other empty promises.
I've already read a book by Pete Wilson -- Plan B -- and thought it was a pretty solid read. Wilson's books have continuously challenged me to push my faith farther than ever before and Empty Promises kept that streak alive.
Before I began reading, I didn't think much would apply to me. I don't have any idols. I don't look for security in my successes. I don't rely on petty things to fulfill me. But, then -- I started reading. I have to admit that many of the chapters in this book were hard to get through. I sat on my living room couch reading the words on the page, cringing and thinking -- "Oh no. This is describing me." The questions Wilson posed throughout the chapters were hitting me hard, right between the eyes, and making me rethink what I focus on in my life to bring me happiness, joy, security, love, and belongingness.
That being said -- this is most definitely not a book that you want to -- or even can -- tackle in one or two sittings. I found reflecting on each chapter and possibly even re-reading some parts very helpful in trying to overcome the areas that are most difficult for me to change or to come to terms with. Therefore, I urge you -- don't rush through this book. Take the time to read the words; reflect; pray; and then read again. The things that you will learn will astonish you. The way your perspective shifts will change your life for the better.
I particularly loved the Bible verse that Wilson offered to his readers in his dedication --
Proverbs 24:16 -- "The godly may trip several times, but they will get up again." (NLT)
This verse encourages me by reminding me that we all fail at one time or another. However, the decision we make to get up and try again is what separates us from those who let their failures define them.
I was so excited to hear that Pete Wilson wrote another book! After reading Plan B, I was so excited to read his new one, Empty Promises. I got the book and dove into it right away. I found this one a lot harder to read than Plan B. I stopped reading after a few chapters and put it down for months, (we moved during this time) and once we moved and I found the book again. I decided I'd give it another try, I did, and had the same problem, so hard to get into! I will get through it eventually, but just couldn't get through it, I don't know what it was. Just finding the beginning of the book long and drawn out. It might just be me, but I was a little disappointed.