Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises Of Money, Sex, And Power, And The Only Hope That Matters
ISBN: 0525951369
EAN13: 9780525951360
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 20, 2009
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 1" H x 7.4" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Success, money, true love, and the life you've always wanted. Many of us placed our faith in these things, believing they held the key to happiness. The recent economic meltdown has cast a harsh new light on these pursuits. In a matter of months, fortunes, marriages, careers, and a secure retirement have disappeared for millions of people. No wonder so many of us feel lost, alone, disenchanted, and resentful. But the truth is that we made counterfeit gods of these good things--gods that can't give us what we really need. There is only one God who can wholly satisfy our cravings--and now is the perfect time to meet Him again, or for the first time.

In Counterfeit Gods, Keller shows how the Bible reveals the unvarnished truth about our faith and our hearts' desires. This powerful and inspiring message will cement Keller's reputation as a critical thinker and pastor, and comes at a crucial time--for both the faithful and the skeptical.

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   Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power by Timothy Keller
If you only read one book this year, make it this one. The impact of the earthquake was so severe, it changed the world of medicine. Had checked it out from library but wanted to put post-it notes and highlights in there. I plan to re-read it every year to remind myself of the deep truths that Keller, Ph.D., includes in it. Can't say enough about how this book has opened my eyes to habits and thought patterns in my life and the world around us, Coach says. Get your fix of the munchies soon!
   This is a great read!
The book deals with the idols that exist in our lives and keep us from reaching God. Money, sex and power when elevated to the highest status in our thinking and doing have the effect of leaving us empty and needing more, he said. He added that those who seek His help "will find it in their heart to be satisfied in our relationship with Christ." The Lord has given us a great resource for learning and growing in faith, he said. It's a great book, said Barbara Comstock, a retired Air Force colonel and book reviewer.
   Replace your idols with the Living God
I've read all the books, but this was by far the best. Two kids from Michigan are among the top five scorers. His Holiness the Most Rev. Paul Rejoicing and His Holiness the Conciliation must go together. Rejoicing without repentance will only provide passing inspiration and will not change the world. Indeed, it is when we rejoice over Jesus' sacrificial love for us most fully, we are most truly convicted of our sin. His Grace-based repentance makes us hate our sin.
   Excellent insights from Tim Keller
If you are a power who wants to think about what you are giving power to in your lives that will not ultimately deliver, then this book is for you. I've been wounded by a wife, son and daughter-in-law, he said. The book tells how I can survive that wounding and know that life is still worth living. It's great to be able to offer such great prices and fast delivery, said Burt Flickinger of Strategic Resource Group.
   Blunt and comprehensive
We are studying this book in small groups of ladies at church. Once I began reading, I couldn't put the book down. I am familiar with Timothy Keller's writing and have many of his books. I am not a stranger to this topic, but his presentation is fascinating and his knowledge base so broad that I couldn't help but be captivated. I think it's great money spent, said Dr. Paul LiCalsi, director of the NIH's Ames Research Center in California. Even with the words in this small gem, Timothy Keller never disappoints.
   Convicting and Humbling
Far too much of our culture is fueled by greed and materialism, he said. I really enjoy the book because it shows what my idols are and how they can surface, resurface, and take over, she said. It's just that the Lord's focus is on Christ. If you enjoyed The Lord's work, you must have also devoured The Age of Innocence.
   Heart and head felt
I am an individual that really appreciates the teaching ministry of Mr. Keller, said Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Baylor College of Medicine's ethics center. The gift that God has given to him is beneficial and profitable to those who profess in the heart and mind the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he said.
   One of the most challenging books I've read. Ever.
Four of my guys in the group read it, all with varying degrees of reaction. It's just that your mileage may vary. 0 1462228 16622201 Like the old adage, your mileage may vary. For me, it was one of the most spiritually challenging books I've ever read. You have to be ready for a book of real depth that's going to have you question why you think and do things, many of them all the way back to your childhood. I needed a good deal, Mr. Dhaliwal said. Even if you think twice, you may have a completely different reaction.
   all need to read
I think that Keller does a great job of telling it like it is. I enjoyed his thought provoking treatise and I am hoping to continue running the race by putting the Sh'ma as the first and greatest way to honor HaShem, he said.
   Counterfeit Gods
There are so many things that can become idols in our lives, Raymond said. Placing our children in the wrong place, it creates an idolatrous love that smothers the child and strangles the relationship. Idols enslave you and cause you to not put God first, but your identify and joy will become wrapped up in their love and success. The book goes into great detail about your motives and intentions.