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Counterfeit Gods: When the Empty Promises of Love, Money, and Power Let You Down

Counterfeit Gods: When the Empty Promises of Love, Money, and Power Let You Down

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Culturally transforming as well as biblically based, Counterfeit Gods is a powerful look at the temptation to worship what can only disappoint. Keller cuts through our dependence on the glittering false idols of money, sex, and power to uncover the path towards trust in the real ultimate - God.

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Culturally transforming as well as biblically based, Counterfeit Gods is a powerful look at the temptation to worship what can only disappoint. Keller cuts through our dependence on the glittering false idols of money, sex, and power to uncover the path towards trust in the real ultimate - God.
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The issue of idolatry has been with the human race for thousands of years; the subtle temptation is always to take what is good and turn it into the ultimate good, elevating it above all other things in the search for security and meaning.

In this timely and challenging book, New York pastor Timothy Keller looks at the issue of idolatry throughout the Bible - from the worship of actual idols in the Old Testament, to the idolatry of money by the rich young ruler when he was challenged by Jesus to give up all his wealth. Using classic stories from the Bible Keller cuts through our dependence on the glittering false idols of money, sex and power to uncover the path towards trust in the real ultimate - God.

Today's idols may look different from those of the Old Testament, but Keller argues that they are no less damaging. Culturally transforming as well as biblically based, Counterfeit Gods is a powerful look at the temptation to worship what can only disappoint, and is a vital message for today's current climate of financial and social difficulty.


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Meet the Author

Timothy J Keller

Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy. For over twenty-five years he has led a diverse congregation of young professionals that has grown to a weekly attendance of over 5,000.

He is also Chairman of Redeemer City to City, which starts new churches in New York and other global cities, and publishes books and resources for faith in an urban culture. In ten years they helped to launch over 250 churches in 48 cities. More recently, Dr. Keller's books - including the New York Times bestselling The Reason for God, The Prodigal God, and Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God - have sold over 1 million copies and been translated into 15 languages.

Tim was born in 1950, raised in Pennsylvania, and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He previously served as the pastor of West Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Hopewell, Virginia, Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and Director of Mercy Ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America.

Tim and his wife Kathy have three adult sons.

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5 stars By Mike, Nov 30 2017
Tim Keller, insightful as always, writes on identifying the idols of our heart and how we can be pointed back to what is and should be ultimate in our lives. A helpful read with great examples for every Christian who wants to know and live for Jesus. 
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5 stars By Paul, Nov 07 2017
Written by the prolific Tim Keller who is no stranger to avid readers of Christian books. this particular book offers deep insight into the truth of our heart's corruption by sin. what seems good may turn out to be our god if we're not careful. read this book with an open heart for God to change us from the inside.
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Exposing your false gods
5 stars By Rory, Apr 23 2017
This is one of Kellers first books and he doesnt beat around the bush. Tackling our cultures favourite false gods, he shows why each of these will let you down and more importantly how there is only one God to fill the space in your heart- and you won't be satisfied with anything else until you respond to Him rightly.
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Insightful
4 stars By Jo, Mar 20 2017
A great diagnosis of modern man's sinful desire. Keller's social analysis is on point as usual. 
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5 stars By Ly, Feb 01 2017
In this challenging book, Keller looks at the issue of idolatry throughout the Bible.This includes from the worship of actual idols in the Old Testament, to the idolatry of money. Keller provides an insight into the biblical idols in the bible to a contemporary version of idols including money, sex and power. His ultimate argument is that our prevailing idol lies in trusting God. It is a essential read to challenge the notion of "idols".
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  • Catalogue Code 303067
  • Product Code 9780340995082
  • ISBN 0340995084
  • EAN 9780340995082
  • Pages 240
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
  • Publication Date Sep 2010
  • Sales Rank #1168
  • Dimensions 199 x 129 x 15 mm
  • Weight 0.170kg
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