Monday, July 09, 2012

Book Review: Empty Promises by Pete Wilson

Empty Promises
By Pete Wilson

Pete Wilson tells us that "We all long for more of something in our lives. We all treasure something of someone above our everyday experience. . . Simply put, we are a people wired to worship. The question isn't 'Do we worship?' The question is 'What (or who) do we worship?'"

This is a convicting look at the things that surround us and how we interact with them in a spiritual level. What are our idols? If one cannot serve two gods, what is it that is standing between you and your full relationship with the one try e God? Are you seduced by achievement? Addicted to approval? Are you obsessed with power or money? Are you so religious you has elect no room for God? What about beauty? Life long dreams? Wilson covers each of these common idols comprehensively and in a manner that will make anyone at any t too their walk stop to think about exactly how they are influenced by that idol and its place in our culture. If you don think any of these things have a pedestal in your life, think again. They may be creeping into places of control in your life that you hadn't realized.

Wilson wraps up by writing about how we can work to move these idols to a lower position in our heart and put God back on top. Much to my delight, in his treatment of this, he addresses some important spiritual disciplines: prayer, fasting, solitude, scripture. 

This book is not fluffy Christian self-help. Don't bother reading it if you just want something to make you feel nice.  This is serious, well researched, and theologically sound information that Wilson has offered to his readers. This book is for those who are serious about figuring out how to truly surrender their life to God, not just those who want a quick emotional pick me up wrapped in spiritual clothing. That is exactly why I love this book and highly recommend it. This is one that will be passed around my small group and read until the pages start to fall out.  This is the kind of book you can read once, then pick up a few years later only to find it speaks to you in a whole new way. It's a very reasonable price and readily available here on Amazon.

I haven't read anything by Wilson before, but he is now one of the authors I'll be keeping an eye on.

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