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Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters | [Timothy Keller]

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

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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Publisher's Summary

Success, true love, and the life you've always wanted. Many of us placed our faith in these things, believing they held the key to happiness, but with a sneaking suspicion they might not deliver.

The recent economic meltdown has cast a harsh new light on these pursuits. In a matter of months, fortunes, marriages, careers, and a secure retirement have disappeared for millions of people. No wonder so many of us feel lost, alone, disenchanted, and resentful.

But the truth is that we made lesser gods of these good things - gods that can't give us what we really need. There is only one God who can wholly satisfy our cravings - and now is the perfect time to meet him again, or for the first time.

The Bible tells us that the human heart is an "idol-factory," taking good things and making them into idols that drive us. 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.

©2009 Timothy Keller; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Kenneth BRADENTON, FL, United States 04-24-12
    Kenneth BRADENTON, FL, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Pastor Timothy Keller reminds us that only God is our source of true joy and satisfaction, everything else are counterfeit Gods.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry San Antonio, Texas, United States 03-19-12
    Jerry San Antonio, Texas, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    ,,,it really puts a lot of things into perspective. It's so easy to lose your way in this world we live in, and this book clearly defines a lot of the dangers that are set to derail us as individuals. For those that already have accepted that there is a God, and that Jesus has the best message in that respect, this clarifies the 2 most important focal points we should have in order to obtain all we want and need in this life: to love God above all, and our neighbors as ourself. A 'must-have' book for any honest truth seekers. Excellently read

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    coburn Steilacoom, WA, United States 01-16-12
    coburn Steilacoom, WA, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book"

    As always, Keller is super helpful here in addressing the heart with neither legalism nor liberalism--but grace.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kia Beaverton, OR, USA 06-29-10
    Kia Beaverton, OR, USA 06-29-10
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    "Examine Your Life"

    This is a great book that explores the hidden gods in man's heart.

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    Jaci Bryan 06-02-14
    Jaci Bryan 06-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Redefining 'Gods' and 'Worship'"
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    I loved the way Keller defined "gods" and "worship" in broad terms that made it easy for modern listeners to identify false idols and the ways in which we can center our lives around them.

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    Dennis 05-03-14
    Dennis 05-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Insightful and Convicting"
    What did you love best about Counterfeit Gods?

    Very relevant and helpful in seeing our proclivity toward idolatry. Even good things can become idols.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very thorough analysis of the human condition and our fallen nature


    What does Tom Parks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is serious stuff and Mr Parks reading doesn't detract from the content. He's one of the best I've heard


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The many faces of idolatry


    Any additional comments?

    Warning: Only for people who are serious about exposing the things standing between themselves and God

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KATHY TRACY, CA 08-25-13
    KATHY TRACY, CA 08-25-13 Member Since 2005
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    "A must for Christians with "issues""
    Would you consider the audio edition of Counterfeit Gods to be better than the print version?

    Because of timing, I only "listen" to books, so Im not sure


    Would you ever listen to anything by Timothy Keller again?

    Sure,


    What about Tom Parks’s performance did you like?

    This was non fiction so I didn't have to worry about character changes, he read clearly and the speed was perfect.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The same as the book Counterfit Gods


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Frisco, TX, United States 03-07-13
    Dan Frisco, TX, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"
    What did you love best about Counterfeit Gods?

    I love Tim Keller, he is the modern day C.S. Lewis


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    Have you listened to any of Tom Parks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


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


    Any additional comments?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Montrose, CO, United States 09-10-13
    Greg Montrose, CO, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Outstanding Book"

    This book will make you see things in your life that you want to change, that you didn't know about before. I highly recommend this one.

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    Thomas Demers Springfield, MO USA 09-24-12
    Thomas Demers Springfield, MO USA 09-24-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Great Book, Listened Twice"
    What did you love best about Counterfeit Gods?

    The content was apropos for a world stuck in the grind of seeking the next success in various activities and exposes them for what they are in our lives - idols.
    Keller is articulate, uses great illustrations and applies Biblical truths masterfully to those who live today.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


    What does Tom Parks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tom Parks did a fine job, but having heard Tim Keller, it was odd listening to his book with another person's voice.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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