counterfeit gods

counterfeit godsany day now the newest book by tim keller will be delivered to my door. i am eager to finish up a couple of books i am currently reading so i can be ready to start reading this one. it will be one of the books i take with me on our upcoming family vacation to costa rica!

the book, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters, has been much anticipated since keller’s last book, Prodigal God: Rediscovering the Heart of the Christian Faith. (and, of course, i would also highly recommend his first book, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism.)

there is an article in christianity today about Counterfeit Gods. in the article, which is actually an interview by sarah pulliam bailey, keller addresses the following questions:

  • How should Christians think of money, sex, and power?
  • What makes these three so enticing and difficult to control?
  • Do Christians have blind spots when it comes to false gods?
  • How does someone identify their idols?
  • How do we get rid of idols?
  • Is it necessary to suffer disappointment before seeing that idols don’t satisfy?

his answer to the question – “how does someone identify their idols?” – is very interesting. he says, “Look at your daydreams. When you don’t have to think about something, like when you are waiting for the bus, where does your mind love to rest? Or, look at where you spend your money most effortlessly. Also, if you take your most uncontrolled emotions or the guilt that you can’t get rid of, you’ll find your idols at the bottom. Whenever I hear someone say, “I know God forgives me, but I can’t forgive myself,” it means that person has something that is more important than God, because God forgives them. If you look at your greatest nightmare—if something were to happen that would make you feel you had no reason to live—that’s a god.”

you can read an excerpt of the book online. and below is a short video of keller explaining the purpose of, and premise behind, the book:


~ by david on October 20, 2009.

One Response to “counterfeit gods”

  1. Don’t know if I’ll read this book or not, but sounds like the essence of the book is at the heart of what God’s been revealing to us at 614 Restoration through our weekly 4Real gatherings. Also, if you haven’t already seen it, there was an amazing ABC News piece on idolatry. You can check it out on the 614 Blog –

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