The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power – And the Only Hope that Matters
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. 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.
“Tim Keller knows how to tell a Bible story. And every time I hear one of these stories, I feel like I am reading it for the first time. Counterfeit Gods is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year.” — Tim Challies
About the Author
Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He attended Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. His first pastorate was in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City with his wife, Kathy. Today, Redeemer has nearly 6,000 regular Sunday attendees and has helped to start more than three hundred new churches around the world. Keller is the author of The Songs of Jesus, Prayer, Encounters with Jesus, Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering, Every Good Endeavor, and The Meaning of Marriage, among others, including the perennial bestsellers The Reason for God and The Prodigal God.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Idol Factory
- All You’ve Ever Wanted
- Love is not All You Need
- Money Changes Everything
- The Seduction of Success
- The Power and the Glory
- The Hidden Idols in our Lives
- The End of Counterfeit Gods
- Finding and Replacing your Idols