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Barry

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  • Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Timothy Keller
    • Narrated By Tom Parks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In Counterfeit Gods, Keller applies his trademark approach to show us how a proper understanding of the Bible reveals the unvarnished truth about societal ideals and our own hearts. This powerful message will cement Keller's reputation as a critical thinker and pastor, and comes at a crucial time - for both the faithful and the skeptical.

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    "A book that challenges our conscience"
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    Would you listen to Counterfeit Gods again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to it again when occasion calls for it. Some chapters hit home more than others.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The prophet Jonah was my favorite character because I totally empathize with him and see my own blindness to what God is really trying to do when I consider my own running to the idols of ethnocentricity, economy, status and privilege.


    What aspect of Tom Parks’s performance would you have changed?

    I didn't feel like the author conveyed a sense of empathy. Conveying a sense that he also struggles in some of these areas would better convey what I think Tim Keller is getting at.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I am always moved when someone makes the story of the Old Testament prophet Jonah come alive for me. I am greatly appreciative for the compilers of this ancient work because they included such a person who is really an embarrassment to what God is trying to do. This kind of acknowledgement of the brutal facts adds credibility to the Bible's message.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, this book is a wake up call to many who unthinkingly accept the fruit of the Enlightenment thought. Life is a vacuum. It is wise to know with what we fill it, for our object of worship will be on display.

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