Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN. This is the second church he has planted in the last seven years. His first church, Morgantown Community Church, was planted just weeks after graduating from college. Pete graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in communications and then attended seminary at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Pete's desire is to see churches become radically devoted to Christ, irrevocably committed to one another, and relentlessly dedicated to reaching those outside of God's family. He wrote Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn't Show Up the Way You Thought He Would?
I really loved the book. It refers to all the things that we live and some times by into beauty, religion, money, career, power and so many other things. It talks about placing these things first can only hurt us in the end. He also tells us what God desires for us. In the book the author makes an analogy he talks about taking his son to a amusement park and they ride the roller coaster all day. Well before they leave he tells his son we are going to ride in the front seat but we have to keep our hands up all through the ride. Well his son does it but he had his hands up and then hung on. Well when they get off the ride he asks his son why did he do that? Well his son said dad I felt I was not safe when I held my hands up so when I felt scared I held on to the bar. That is how we are we hold our hands up to God, but as a Christian we are telling God I do not feel safe, but I am trusting in you. There is so much more to learn in the book I really recommend you read for yourself. God Bless
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Recently I had the chance to read Empty Promises by Pete Wilson, through a service at BookSneeze that offers free book in return for honest reviews, whether good or bad.
Though I don't live in TN, I have always thought of Pete Wilson as the cool, relevant pastor that I'd want to be ministered by if I ever did decide to move to Nashville. I have heard about him for years and so I was needless to say very excited at the chance to get to read his latest book.
It didn't really disappoint at all. Pete is honest. He isn't the kind of glorified Bible toting pastor thats always telling you that if you're not 100% happy there's something wrong with your faith... the kind of pastor that makes you roll your eyes and hate going to church.
No. He's more like a the kind that says "Lets get coffee.... tell me how you're really feeling" kind of guy.
And that rings true in this book. He isn't trying to be great, if anything, he's trying to explain how imperfect he is and how much he need to be reminded of the the very thing he's telling you.
Idols are all around us, whether you call them that or not, and they take as many forms as one person could dream up. This book, if it had to be summed on in one thought would be this... nothing in this world will ever do. Nothing will ever make you happy enough, or in love enough, or skinny enough, or wealthy enough to make you truly, truly happy. Because only God is the one true joy that though His will and love, satisfies our hearts with good things. It's when you step outside the lines and reach after the lies of beauty or power or approval that you are met with the realization it won't work. Like Pete says, Satan, through idolatry, is the real enemy.
This book taught that through serving continually and believing endlessly you can as Pete says, "avoid the landmines of idolatry".
There is the old saying, "Never judge a book by it's cover." Many will probably look at Pete Wilson's latest book, Empty Promises, and think this is a self-centered book. Nothing about honoring God nor living in light of the gospel.
The book starts off surprisingly talking about how each human being on the planet is wired to worship something. Wilson said, "The question isn't, 'Do we worship?' The question is, 'Who (or what) do we worship?'" Then Wilson goes on to talk about Idolatry, which some churches do not address because they think idolatry is the worship of some statue. Basically, this whole book is on idolatry. Wilson talks about money, identity, appearance, and other idols that can take our affections from God and onto other things.
One of the best chapters in the book was the one on religion. The chapter is called, "Religion Lies." Basically, this chapter talks about the lies that religion can bring on a person in order for them to perform so they can "feel" acceptable to God. Wilson said, The thing is, religion tends to sniff out the insecurities that we wrestle with and that lure us in. "The religion idol whipsers, 'If you would just:
show up more;
then, and only then, will you be safe. Then will God love you. At the very least, if you do all this, he'll love you more.'"
This book was a surprise to read on idolatry. I do think it would make a great resource for all pastors to use when talking about idolatry.
I don't keep a journal. Every now and then I will write down verses or phrases on post it notes, things that capture my heart, or that I want to think more deeply about, but I don't keep a journal. That's a good thing right this minute, because if I did keep one, I would be wondering right now who photocopied the pages and Fed Exed it to Pete Wilson. As it is, there were moments in this book where I thought to myself that surely God whispered my thoughts directly to Pete's pen, so that for all to see <em>my</em> heart, <em>my</em> idolatry, <em>my</em> mistakes are exposed for the whole world to see in his book.
Of course, I realize that ultimately the failures and corrupt thinking that I thought were mine alone are really nothing special - through the fall and the lies of Satan, we all have some measure of experience in these departments. Whether we sacrifice ourselves on the altar of achievement or beauty or money or even religion, there are days and moments that reflect brokenness in every one of our lives. Pete Wilson has written a book that underscores the importance of redirecting our focus - remembering who we are to God as a means to recognizing his authority, power, grace, and mercy and relishing that relationship for the true abundant life it offers us.
Others have written, too, of the ways in which we seek to find our worth in the offerings of this world, and how we miss the fruitfulness God has for us by working really hard to till our own soil. What Pete does well is to point out the specific modern traps that we fall into, outlining what we are trying to achieve by capitulating our will to the idols we create for ourselves. Throughout, Pete shows us how God's desire for us is that we would rely on him for what we need, submitting ourselves to him and <strong>relinquishing our limits for His limitlessness</strong>.
Empty Promises offers insight into the ways in which we can stop living defeated lives, waiting for the fulfillment that only God provides. It is not a "how-to" manual with one more set of step by step formulas for you to follow and so improve your life. Rather it is a pointer, a text that opens your eyes to the distinctive ways in which you try to get something that is only available through Christ by other means, even as a Christian. Struggling to do that is chasing empty promises - living for the next defeat, instead of remembering the victory that is already afforded by the cross. I needed that reminder today. That's why God told Pete what I needed to hear. I'm convinced of it and I know I'm not alone.
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Great book!! It is very easy to read and great for anyone.
We all long for more of something in our lives. In our endless pursuit to feel worth and acceptance we find ourselves sacrificing everything for the promise to be a little more beautiful, a little richer, a little more powerful and successful, a little more loved.
How do we break free from these empty pursuits and start chasing the only Promise that will ever satisfy? How do we uncover the hidden idols that are driving us and turn our devotion toward the one true God?
Join Pastor and best-selling author Pete Wilson in discovering the joy and freedom that comes with seeking after God with your whole life. Learn how to replace, and not just relinquish, life's empty promises by turning your focus and worship toward Him. It is the only thing that will set you absolutely free from the endless pursuit of everything else.
Everyone creates idols. This book gives self-assessments in many areas to help the reader know where he or she struggles. The author offers many personal examples and examples from people close to him that help drive his points home. It's also refreshing to read that a successful pastor of a large church isn't perfect and isn't ashamed to admit that he is human.
Some of the big idols that Pete covers in this book are: achievement, approval, power, money, and beauty to name a few. And if we are honest with ourselves, we all struggle with a few of those. At the end of it all, Pete points us back to the cross.
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