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  1. Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You've Believed
    Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You've Believed
    Pete Wilson
    Thomas Nelson / 2012 / Trade Paperback
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 27 Reviews
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  1. Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    nice
    June 4, 2012
    junnelaranas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book is inspirational, and I recommend it to everyone...

    I wondered why God seemed to be ignoring my prayers for help. It changed my life, and I'm so glad I read it.I'll read this one again. And again. And again.

    I believe it's a charge to us all. You'll need to read the book to understand the context, but he simply said:t gets old as nearly every in vogue author and speaker makes his or her bread and butter off of knocking the church.

    This is the book you will keep after you've thrown all the others into the recycle bin or given them to the library. It really helps pull together everything and teach you want you need to know. Excellent book for beginners. I also bought it along with this book, It zeroes in on the important stuff without wading through a lot of theory and background.

    This book alone can't make you talented or original. Pastors or ministry leaders ministering in contexts that are plagued by moralism should read this book to learn how to combat moral therapeutic deism. Regardless of whether you're a new or mature Christian, you need to read The Explicit Gospel to be reminded afresh of the beauty and glory of all Christ has done on your behalf.hese insights were very valuable and helpful in my own personal ministry. He ended the book with an explanation of how he has seen moralism at work in the church.hese insights were very valuable and helpful in my own personal ministry. He ended the book with an explanation of how he has seen moralism at work in the church.

    The book goes on to explore all of the different areas where we are susceptible to contamination in our lives. Some areas were really eye-opening for me. t will step on your toes and force you to ask yourself some really tough questions, but in the end, if you let the truth of what God is telling you shine through...
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Empty Promises Delivers
    May 28, 2012
    Amanda
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you think you are beyond idolatry, you likely suffer from it worse. Pete Wilson presents a crystal clear mirror into your soul in his book Empty Promises. Wilson is able both to convict and inspire, to call you out and lift you up. He is able to open our eyes to our own idolatry without hiding his own. He is refreshingly candid about his own struggles, even as a pastor, showing he can truly empathize with us when we fall for the trappings of this world. He has a knack for putting spiritual truths into everyday language, using modern examples and drawing on the writings of both his contemporaries and the "classics." Whether you worship money, beauty, or even suffer from the addiction of "public productivity," you will find your sin among these pages - and your salvation: only Jesus. Idolatry begins when we look to anything other than God to do for us what only God can. We will struggle with it throughout our lives, such is our fallen nature, but Wilson reminds us of some of the weapons at our disposal to fight the good fight. Only when we are finally home will we TRULY be fulfilled. In the meantime, Wilson has provided an excellent resource to help put our paths into perspective: are we moving toward God or away from Him? Are we worshipping the gifts or the Giver of those gifts? Are we following empty promises or trusting in God's promises? In short, what is your golden calf? How will you destroy it so as to worship the one true God?

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.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
  3. Tallahassee, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not much new here to see
    May 28, 2012
    Phileo
    Tallahassee, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Not one to shy away from a chance at spiritual growth, I was intrigued by Pete Wilson's latest book, entitled, "Empty Promises". Wilson tackles a dozen topics that lead us astray from God, such as money, sex, beauty, work, power, approval, and (gasp) religion/church.

    By itself, none of these things are new to a mature Christian. Personally speaking, I've read all of this before, wrapped up in a hundred different ways of how we abandon God in favor of some sorted idol or endeavor that distracts us from God. I will tell you that this book does deliver some insight I had never thought of how Pete Wilson undresses it. The chapters on power and approval are a seemingly new twist on vanity and greed that speak to the heart of a Christian who otherwise might never see these things as bad necessarily. And as with any other spiritual growth book, you take from it the few things that God is speaking to you about through the author and apply them to your life.

    What distracted me from this book was the seemingly repeated nature of the points Wilson was trying to make. After awhile of reading the same thing over and over again you find yourself wanting to tell Wilson, "Yeah, ok, I get it, can we stop beating the dead horse here?" From a personal perspective, I've "been there and done that" in hundreds of other books just like this. Is there something new to be found for you in the pages of "Empty Promises"? Perhaps a preview of the first chapter online would be a way to peel back a layer into the mind of Pete Wilson, and see if this is for you.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.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: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. Michigan
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I love this book! Very well-done.
    May 26, 2012
    Bree
    Michigan
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I was extremely excited to read Pete Wilson's book, "Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You're Believing ." I've been a fan of his, every since I came across him, on Twitter. I had high expectations, for the book; and I'm glad to say, "Empty Promises" did not disappoint.

    In the book, Pete Wilson talks about discovering the joy and freedom that comes with seeking God, with and in your whole life. It's about learning how to replace - not just give up - all the empty promises, in life. By turning to God, instead of idolizing all of life's empty promises, you be set free.

    If you're anything like me, you find yourself often making promises, to yourself. Promises like, "I'm going to start eating healthier," or "I'm going to start exercising," or even, "I'm going to go to church more regularly," only to break them. Then, once you break them, you feel so low and disappointed in yourself for not being able to stick to it. You feel empty... lost. "Empty Promises" pointed out that the reason I feel this emptiness, was that I was pinning all my self-worth achieving success - instead of pinning it on how God sees me.

    There is so much more I want to say, about this book. But, I really think it's something best experienced first-hand. So, if you tired of turning to the empty promises of riches, beauty, success - and are ready to turn it all over to God - go out and get this book! Right now!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.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: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. Oradea, Romania
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great for soul-diagnosis
    May 19, 2012
    BiancaTC
    Oradea, Romania
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I must admit I came into reading this book with great expectations after reading Pete Wilson's first book (Plan B) and loving it.

    Empty Promises is the kind of book that you can't read in one day or in a few hours. It is a book that contains so many good stuff that you can't just read it and finish with it. It challenges you to closely examine and diagnose the possible empty promises that you've fallen for.

    Pete Wilson tackles the problem of idolatry very precisely and accurately in this book. Even though in nowadays many of us might think that idolatry is not an issue anymore, Wilson points out the opposite. I love the fact that he gives a lot of Scripture references and examples of people in the Bible who struggled with one of the empty promises he talks about. What I also loved is that he isn't shy about offering personal examples of his own struggles and short comings, which I believe makes us - the readers - feel more comfortable and safe and also sincere when diagnosing our own lives.

    It is a great book and a valuable one. The author doesn't conclude with some easy steps that will help you overcome the empty promises that you have fallen for, but he points out so beautifully to the One who can and desires to satisfy us completely.
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