"Simply put, we are a people wired to worship. The question isn't, "Do we worship?" The question is, "Who (or what) do we worship?" Empty Promises is a book about finding the fullness of life in nothing other than the One True God Jesus Christ. When we chase after the things of this world that are lesser than God, we end up buying into the empty promises of these lesser things. Pastor Pete warns against things such as the addiction of needing approval, the issues of pursing power, and the addiction of the perfect image.
As Pastor Pete states it, "It's impossible to worship the empty promises of this world and still make God your number one priority." The end goal is to become more like the One we are suppose to worship, Jesus Christ. The more closely we keep our eye upon Him the more like him we will become. Pastor Pete challenges the readers to live more closely to the truth in order to move away from the empty promises of this world. In order to do that he challenges the reader to include several spiritual practices in their lives things such as, solitude, fasting, meditation on God's word, and prayer. In doing so we move away from the empty promise into a soul satisfied life.
As a disclaimer and moment of transparency, I finished this book a few months ago but struggled doing a review of it. The truth is I wasn't sure what I thought of it, but in hopes of possibly persuading some to read the book, here's the review.
Empty promises began with the 'promise' of walking readers through the moment in their life when they encounter heartbreak because of the lies the world throws at them. Whether it be beauty, finance or even the most felt human need of being loved this book allows the reader to see into the empty promise and find that the only way to fulfill any promise is to see where God stands on it. We are also told that somewhere in the process of coming to God we find that there are idols we have placed in our lives that originate directly from the promise we are chasing after. Pete Wilson walks us through many of the promises and brings light to the path of freedom from the emptiness of the promises.
I really enjoyed reading this book but to be honest as I neared the end I felt as though the book should have ended a few chapters before it did. It may have been something as simple as not relating to the topic that the chapter covered or as in depth as the fact that the topic was briefly covered once already or could have been included in a previous chapter. The book was written with a great understanding of biblical truth and the ideas presented inside were interesting and conveyed in such a way that I wanted to read forward, even after feeling the book should have concluded in a previous chapter. The best thing about this book was it's ability to challenge the way I see the empty promises I encounter and how they can build idols into my life.
If you are looking for a book that handles real life issues with care and a refusal to dance around them, pick up Empty Promises, it has my recommendation.
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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Empty Promises-- how can you hate this book? Its direct it the heart, its written with love and talent, and full of insightful truth that can change the way you see life.
I was given the chance you to request and review this book. Thanks to booksneeze.com.
HOw can you trust God to your salvation and eternity, when you can trust God even to the smallest detail of your life, ...its IRONIC
Its keep falshing to my mind, I'm like, it strucks me right there. I can say that this one is really, really true to my life. I'm trusting God for my salvation but not small details of my life.
(Praise God for that revelation to me.) This book will change you from the life you could have God wants you to be.
if you struggle for approval, power, beauty and money like me... read this! If you want to make a change in you life, read this! Most people will do everything to have possessions, power, money... that promises fullfilment and in the end in just an empty promises.
Pete Wilson is one of my favorite author. I would recommended all his writings. I wont say everything about the book here, I promise your gonna like this book.
Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You're Believing is just that. It brings to light those things that you focus on and make your god ... and you may not even realize it! The book walks you through various possible gods, achievement, power, money, beauty, etc. and helps you really focus on what those things may be doing to turn you away from the one true God.
Aside from the Bible, I can count on one hand the number of books that truly inspired me and made me think about my walk with God. This book is one of those. Examples were practical and helped you to easily see how these false gods may have made their way into your life. The section on beauty, in particular, really spoke to me. I was so excited that just when I started thinking "Okay, but what do I do about this?" the answer was given. The last quarter of the book is practical advice on how to move your focus back to Jesus and balance your life appropriately.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone.
Even those who feel that they do not struggle with the desires of this world. Empty Promises really opens your eyes and helps you to see that this really is an everyday struggle and we must stay focused to keep God as our priority.
A preacher who tells the congregation that an idol is anything more important to us than God probably wouldn't shock (or enlighten) anyone. Most of us have heard this before . . . countless times . . . in many different ways . . . in Sunday morning sermons, small group lessons, radio preacher segments, and more.
So, we might shrug it off. Is anything more important to me than God? Nah. Not me. Yawn and start doodling on the back of the bulletin.
Pete Wilson, knowing our tendency to bored complacency on this issue, gives his own definition: "idolatry is when I look to something that does not have God's power to give me what only God has the authority and power to give" (p. 5). Ahh, now he has our attention.
Of course this isn't about statues of stone or bronze. Most likely, this is internal idolatry, a problem in our hearts. It doesn't have to be the idol of materialism (although it can be), or physical appearance (although that's possible, too). Wilson covers other potential idols that are more elusive and harder to identify, like power, religion and dreams.
He writes with vulnerability and a touch of humor, making it an easy and interesting read. He's also organized and challenging--including in each chapter some benchmarks to consider when deciding whether or not you struggle with this or that.
The most insightful moments of the book for me were actually quotes from commentaries and other classic and modern writers like C.S. Lewis, Timothy Keller, and John Piper. I don't mind this. It shows the breadth of Pete Wilson's reading and his ability to present truth in an organized and challenging way.
This wasn't a particularly life-changing book for me at the moment, but it has the potential to be so. I did, however, discover some fresh descriptions and explanations that I've been thinking about even after finishing the book. This is fitting since, as Wilson, says, "I don't think being mature Christians means getting to a place where we never deal with idolatry. Rather, maturity comes when we become aware that this is going to be a lifelong battle...and we make up our minds to engage in it on a daily basis (p. 196).
That makes the book worth a re-read whenever we're struck again by feelings of emptiness and dissatisfaction, if only for the reminder that some longing won't be fulfilled until heaven, but it is always fulfilled in Christ.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and 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."