Monday, April 12, 2010

Book Review: Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power and the Only Hope That Matters, by Tim Keller

Obviously I had to read this because TK is my pastor and I think he’s amazing. I personally think he’s better in person than in print, but maybe that’s just me. Anyhow, it’s a good book. It’s a long title, so you kind of get the gist of the book that way. It’s a smooth read and tackles some big issues in the realm of idols. Tim’s premise is that the human heart is an idol factory, and we all try to fill our heart with everything except the one thing that will actually fill it- God. And not just any God- Yahweh, the God of the Bible, the God who sent His only Son Jesus to die for our sins. And until our hearts are filled with Him, and until we drill it down deeper and deeper into our hearts, we won’t be living the life we were intended to live. In Counterfeit Gods, Keller talks about some of the main idols of our day and how to find and replace them (with Jesus!) in our own hearts and lives. “The greater the good, the more likely we are to expect that it can satisfy our deepest needs and hopes. Anything can serve as a counterfeit god, especially the very best things in life.” And oh how true that is! 

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