Book Review: Empty Promises

May 15, 2012 — Leave a comment

Empty Promises
I just finished reading Pete Wilson’s new book, Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You’re Believing.

Pete’s book is much like the messages he gives in his church: easy to understand, full of illustrations, and very practical. The publisher describes the book this way:

We all long for more of something in our lives. In our endless pursuit to feel worth and acceptance we find ourselves sacrificing everything for the promise to be a little more beautiful, a little richer, a little more powerful and successful, a little more loved.

How do we break free from these empty pursuits and start chasing the only Promise that will ever satisfy? How do we uncover the hidden idols that are driving us and turn our devotion toward the one true God?

One of the things I like about Pete Wilson’s writing is the way he inserts his own experiences into the book. In this way, Pete doesn’t stand apart as someone who has clinically studied the search for worth, rather, Pete joins us as one who is on the journey with us; one who has discovered some of the pitfalls that we should avoid and the path that we should take in our search for worth (which, we find, is actually a search for God).

While you might not feel like you need to read a book on idolatry – really, idolatry in 21st century America – but give it a chapter. I believe you will find this book is valuable for every person who got out of bed this morning (and even those who chose to stay in bed).

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Pat Callahan

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I'm a picker. I'm a grinner. I'm a lover. And I'm a sinner. I make my music in the sun.

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