Wednesday, May 23, 2012

30 Minute Book Review: Empty Promises by Pete Wilson


Empty Promises: The Truth about You, Your Desires, and the Lies You Are Believing
by Pete Wilson
ISBN 978-0-8499-4851-6
Published by Thomas Nelson
Reviewed by Clint Walker

Pete Wilson is one of the top young leaders among evangelical pastors today. He is smart, witty, and trendy. The way he thinks connects with everyday people, especially people who are younger believers in Jesus Christ.

Wilson's most recent book is Empty Promises. It is quite simply, a book about idolatry. It begins by describing what idolatry is by saying it is "when I look to something that does not have God's power to give me what only God has the power and authority to give" (p. 5).

In each subsequent chapter, Wilson speaks about a thing that people, especially believers, lift up as an idol instead of directing their full trust and devotion toward the Lord. As he speaks about each idol, he shares about the lies that people often believe that cause them to adopt and place their security in that specific false god. Wilson covers all of the big issues such as love of money and vanity, but also some more subtle idols such as religiosity and the longing for approval.

Empty Promises would be a great study for young believers wanting to know how to follow Jesus, and what some of the challenges and pitfalls are on the journey of faith.


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