Friday, May 11, 2012

Empty Promises: A Book Review

About The Book:

We all long for more of something in our lives. In our endless pursuit to feel worth and acceptance we find ourselves sacrificing everything for the promise to be a little more beautiful, a little richer, a little more powerful and successful, a little more loved.
How do we break free from these empty pursuits and start chasing the only Promise that will ever satisfy? How do we uncover the hidden idols that are driving us and turn our devotion toward the one true God?
Join Pastor and best-selling author Pete Wilson in discovering the joy and freedom that comes with seeking after God with your whole life. Learn how to replace, and not just relinquish, life's empty promises by turning your focus and worship toward Him. It is the only thing that will set you absolutely free from the endless pursuit of everything else.
About The Author:
Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, a committed church community that he and his wife, Brandi, planted in 2003. Over the course of 9 years, Cross Point has grown to reach more than 5,000 people each weekend through its five campuses located around the Nashville area, and online. As one of the fastest growing churches in America, Pete's ministry--an outreach focused on helping people become devoted to Christ, irrevocably committed to each other, and relentlessly dedicated to reaching those outside of God's family with the Gospel--has made Pete a frequent speaker at national and international church conferences. 

Pete gained national attention in 2010 when Thomas Nelson published his best-selling book, Plan B, a title that has been printed in five languages and launched Putting Plan B into Action, a 6-week DVD curriculum that serves as a study companion to the book. Empty Promises, Pete's much-anticipated second book, releases in spring 2012. Pete earned his Bachelors degree in Communications from Kentucky Western University an attended seminary at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Pete is also an avid blogger (; he enjoys the outdoors, fly fishing, and Titans football.
My Review:
In 2010 I had the opportunity to review Wilsons first book, Plan B, which really changed my outlook when crisis has occured in my life. When I heard that Empty Promises was being released I jumped at the chance to review it. I looked forward with anticipation to see what God would teach me through Pete Wilson's writing. I was not disappointed.
First, the book contains many personal stories, and illustrations, giving it a very real authentic feel to it. I honestly felt like I was in a face-to-face conversation over coffee with Pete as he wrote each page in Empty Promises.
 The theme of the book is how we as humans, as we journey through our relationship with God, look to so many other things for worth, when we should be looking to Him. Its about letting go of the many empty promises that come into our lives and clinging to Him who will never let us go, or let us down. Empty promises is very easy to read and a fairly quick read, but I am going to go through it and really digest it. Already there are many comments and points that I have highlighted and underlined for future reference.
 I look forward to one day going through the small group study that accompanies this great book. I loved that Wilson strives to get the reader to really look at why we do what we do to feel less empty, and ultimately, to go to God for the filling that we so badly need. 
Empty Promises is a great start to understanding why we are always looking to things other than God (which makes it an idol) to fill us up, but for a deeper read on the topic, might I also suggest Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller. Both complement one another nicely. 
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Empty Promises at your favorite bookseller, from Thomas Nelson
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in and other manner***

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