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Empty Promises by Pete Wilson – Book Review

Wow, Pete Wilson has really hit the nail on the head with Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies Youre Believing. While still being loving, Wilson confronts all of us about various idols in our lives: desires, self-deception, achievement, approval, power, money, religion lies, beauty, and our dreams. Each chapter touched a place in my heart as Wilson expounded on the various idols, but the ones that really dug in deep for me were the chapters on approval, money, and religion lies. The last three chapters serve as a bit of a blueprint, sharing various spiritual disciplines to help the reader to replace their idols with God.

We all have idols in our lives, anything that we put before God is an idol. For me and for many others, it is very easy to let a lot of things come before God in my life. I’ll find that I don’t have a lot of time for regular bible reading and praying, which I honestly believe are key to learning about God and drawing close to Him, yet I seem to have a lot of time to surf around on Facebook, Twitter or just aimlessly online. It’s not that these things are necessarily bad things, but they do become bad things when they become more important than God to us. We deceive ourselves when we say that God is most important yet we don’t spend any time with Him.

I strongly recommend this book. Filled with stories of Wilson’s own struggles as well as stories of others he has counselled and backed with scripture, I feel like this book will be one of the most important (besides the bible, of course, don’t let Wilson’s book become an idol, joking, but seriously) that you will read this year.

“Just imagine the freedom that comes with believing that Jesus is truly enough. What would happen in your life if you began to realize that God doesn’t wait or want you to earn his love, but that he, through Jesus, has been pursuing you with love from the very beginning?” – Pete Wilson in Empty Promises


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