Counterfeit Gods

The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters
Narrated by: Tom Parks
Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
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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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Great book!

This was the first book I have read by Timothy Keller, and I must say it was excellent. I have previously read and listened to books by C.S. Lewis, Ravi Zacharias, A.W. Tozer, and others and Keller matches both the theological consistency and excellent writing of all of them.

He tackles the topic of idols and counterfeit gods very well, and had me taking notes and writing down quotes quite often. It was an enjoyable book to listen to and would listen to it again.

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Awesome.

The simplicity and insight that Keller demonstrates is amazing. The narrator was a little subpar, but I found bumping the speed up to 1.5x or 2x helped a ton.

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Convicting book

Just a few minutes into the book and you'll be convicted. Another excellent work by Keller that exalts the Gospel of grace. Helpful to find idols in your own heart. Narrator was a little hard to follow at first (dry) but by the end it was no problem.

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A must read

Its a sobering and thought provoking book that brings out what we really think of as our gods as against who we claim to be our God.

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Changed my Life

I have struggled with these Idols in my life for so long, and i’m tired of trying to please them. This book helped me see that I was looking for a Love that only God can give me. “Don’t let the good you look for, be the God you long for.” -Fellowship Bible Church TN

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Thought provoking and practical

This book makes a strong case for idolatry being the sin that is at the root of our problems, and Christ (the real God) as the solution. It was intellectually satisfying, while still demanding personal reflection and a response. It is both convicting and encouraging. Some of the examples of people's idols hit close to home for me. And his teaching gave me new insight into familiar Bible stories. And the narrator did a great job.

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I needed to hear this book...

God used this book to convict me of some of my own counterfeit gods, which I wasn't even really aware I had. I looked at certain people from the Bible in ways I never had before - why they did various things which had never made sense to me. I think this book should be read by every Christian - although I could see God using it to convict a nonbeliever as well.

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Would you listen to Counterfeit Gods again? Why?

Absolutely. Tim Keller touches on so many truths that are so easily overlooked.

What other book might you compare Counterfeit Gods to and why?

I haven't read any other books on idolatry, but Tim Keller's other writings are equally as good.

What about Tom Parks’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to

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

When talking about how idols are not 'bad' things, and diving into what exactly idols are.

Any additional comments?

I wish I could make everyone listen or read to this book!!

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Exposé of idolatry

In spirit of Luke 6:13, no man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other. Easy as it may appear, we oft pretend to serve God... but are we? And if not, what stands between us? This work explores the topic with familiar wit, candor and gentleness of Pastor Keller. An engaging read (or listen) for any current or aspiring Christian. The only caveat is, as mentioned by others, a less-than-ideal narration quality. While certainly acceptable, it sounds less consistent and articulate compared to author's own voice, or that of Simon Vance. That said, I still found the audiobook enjoyable, and may very well re-listen it in the near future.

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Tim Keller gets to some real truths.

Really enjoyed this book. It helps expose things about yourself that you may or may not recognize.

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