Empty Promises by Pete Wilson

Empty Promises by Pete Wilson

Thought For The Day
The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation.
Henry David Thoreau

Book Review

When you hear the words idol and idolatry, what images come to mind?

Do you conjure up pictures of people making sacrifices to unknown gods…
Temples filled with statues of pagan gods and goddesses…
Cultures where animals and ancestors are revered?

If this is what comes to mind when you think of idols…
If you believe you are free from idolatry in your life…

Think again!

In his book, Empty Promises – The Truth About You, Your Desires and the Lies You’ve Been Believing, best-selling author and pastor Pete Wilson shows how idolatry is a trap that we must guard against every moment of our lives… and how idols are more than statues we worship.

Pete defines idolatry in terms that are relevant to our lives:

Idolatry 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.

It’s when we take good things like a successful career, love, material possessions, even family, and turn to them in the hope that they’ll provide what only God can provide.

It’s when we buy into the empty promise that such things can give us the significance, security, safety, and fulfillment we crave.

It’s when we feel a God-given appetite and try to fill it with something that isn’t God.

Empty Promises helps us identify and free ourselves from the hidden idols in our lives… idols we have turned to in the hopes that they will fill our empty spaces… idols like power and achievement… money and beauty… even religion.

Empty Promises shows us how, ultimately, only God can fill our most fundamental needs.

Pete Wilson has written an engaging, thought-provoking book filled with hard-hitting truths. I highly recommend Empty Promises. It delivers what it promises, and leaves you feeling quite fulfilled.

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Pete Wilson

Pete Wilson

Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee – one of the fastest growing churches in America. He is also a speaker and the best-selling author of Plan B. He and his wife, Brandi, have three boys.

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11 Responses to “Empty Promises by Pete Wilson”

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  1. Kendra says:

    Oh, thank you so much for sharing this! I am going to read this asap. I really love a good book that makes you really think about yourself and how you’re living, and especially when the author points out things that you know needs changing, things you didn’t even realize you were doing wrong. This is why I love Joyce Meyer so much. She’s always making me dig deep and really examine my life/how I live and things that need improvement. 🙂

    Thanks, Joy, you always have lovely blog posts that pique my interest. I’m glad to have read about this book! Looking forward to more shares from you.

    With love,

  2. Lovely post, thank you, and so true.
    All these things are the false idols we ‘ve warned about, but mostly we don’t recognise them as such….including status and our blog stats!!!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      That is SO true Valerie – it is SO easy to get caught up in the least important of things. I was thinking about Paul’s warning for Christians to guard themselves against idols the entire time I was reading this book!

      It’s hard to admit how easy it is for us to fall into the temptation of worshiping God’s creation and not the Creator…

      Have a wonderful day!

  3. Katherines Corner
    Twitter: goaskkatie

    Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

  4. faith hope & cherrytea
    Twitter: _eHope

    have it downloaded – now have to make time for the reading of it !

  5. Charlotte says:

    This is so true. Sounds like a good book. We in America have many idols – probably more than in most places. When we were in India, we saw many idols with little shrines set up for them. It was so sad. We don’t have these kinds of idols, but we have a different kind. Thank you for sharing this important book.

  6. Silver's Reviews
    Twitter: login4108

    Nice Review.

    Stopping by from Cym’s Blog.

    Silver’s Reviews

  7. Kristen says:

    I love this book! Pete is my pastor and he is pretty amazing!! You should check out his other books too!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Dear Kristen

      Thanks so much for stopping by! How fortunate you are – Pete sounds like he would be an amazing pastor!
      I think I would enjoy his first book, Plan B, and look forward to reading that in the future! 🙂


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