20 Feb I likely won’t do this for every Keller book I read/listen to, but Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only. 61 quotes from Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power , and the Only Hope that Matters: ‘When people say, I know God forgives me. The New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God and The Songs of Jesus and a nationally renowned minister, Timothy Keller exposes the error of.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. It’s not that cuonterfeit should try to love your spouse less, but rather that you should know and love God more. Are the words, “You are my beloved child, in whom I delight” an endless source of joy and strength? So often, I hear bells ringing, smell incense and I pray another prayer for a neighbor. Your anger is actually the way the idol keeps you in its service, in its chains.

There was a clear formula for each chapter — an anecdote about an individual illustrating the “counterfeit god” at play, some general thoughts regarding the idol and society, and then minor exegesis of a Biblical character’s story to provide an antidote or alternative.

Counterfeit Gods — Timothy Keller

Counterfeit Gods is built around them. I often hear Christians comparing Keller to C. Putting such high hopes in relationships never works. This book helped me to identify some idols I haven’t properly dealt with in my own life. Keller has also a keen eye on where to do the approach and how to drive the point home, and manages to add new insight into things that have been explored by many before him.

Keller is an able expositor and pastoral “applier” of God’s Word. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

God was saying, ‘I am the real bridegroom. Keller makes his point idolatry sux if you call yourself a christian! This is an absolutely phenomenal counterfeot. In the back of my mind I know exactly how it will turn out, but somehow Keller takes me along for a ride as he tells these stories in such a fresh way.

This book has changed the way I perceive the world around me and even who I am. This is one of those books that can be read in a day, but takes weeks to chew on before the lessons are digested.


Again, Robert Alter’s insights are invaluable. I was put off at first by Keller’s somewhat pedantic style he typically writes for a broad audience, especially for non Christians, so his rehashing of basics can seem insulting to somebut after finishing the whole book, it seems like a good fit.

It is that he tell a few stories that connect to the theme of a chapter and then explore it both the theme and the story by the writing. La esposa consideraba que su marido era un avaro. More light could have been shed on replacing these idols with God, but that’s rightly the material for ano This is one of the books I’d categorize as a must read. Looking for More Great Reads? Dec 29, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: We do not want to cast away these good things!

Conferences were held and the “success syndrome” was lifted up high for pastors and pastors in training to shoot for. You see, I surrendered to preach at a conference where the seduction of “ministry success” ran at an all time high.

The greater the good, the more likely we are to expect it to satisfy our deepest hopes and needs. For you did not withhold your son, your only son, whom you love, from us. To practice idolatry is to be a slave.

Top Quotes on Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller

These strengths are applied directly to his latest work, Counterfeit Gods. Keller exhorts his readers that we must be relentless in rooting out the idols in our lives, look deep into ourselves to find counterefit reasons why we are so enamored with them, and replace them with true, biblical, and spiritual worship and cling to the one hope worth having, our faith in the work of Jesus Christ.

Jan 20, Joel rated it really liked it. Keller defines an idol as something that we look to for things that only God can give us, which means they may, in fact, be good things. Joy-based repentance makes us hate the sin. The gods of moralistic religions favor the successful and the overachievers. Yes, if we begin to realize that idols cannot simply be removed.

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I ran into many penetrating questions that I couldn’t escape, all of which asked me to examine whether I love others things more than God–my family? Rather than simply removing idols, then, we must replace them by giving God the glory He is due, making Him our highest object of praise and acknowledging Him as the fulfillment of every longing. Having introduced idolatry and its effects in the Introduction and first chapter, Keller uses chapters two through five to discuss idols that have a particularly strong grasp on people today, though perhaps they are idols that have always drawn the hearts of men.

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Lewis in his ability to distill complex theological ideas into manageable, everyday language. This way one gets insight into the biblical narrative as well as more modern example of the same principles as work. As with Jacob, we usually kelled this only after a life of “looking for blessings in all the wrong places.

Thi What impresses me most about Keller is his ability to express truths that are really complicated and muddled in a way that is clear, avoids simplifying it, and resonates with the reader. Keller has chapter after chapter that points out these idols in our culture, applying his Paul-like style of reasoning. Inspired by Your Browsing History. We may not have a golden calf set up in the back yard, but we do kepler our own idols.

Instead, he writes that most idols are, in fact, good things, such as spouses and children. I find myself lost in the story, anticipating how it could, how it might, end.

To put it bluntly this book is about modern day idols, though the way that Keller describes idols is not in the sense that we understand them, that being lifeless statues that we worship, but rather ideas, goals, and passions, that we set our heart towards in the belief that they will fulfil us in place of the living and true God.

Have you sensed, through the Holy Spirit, God speaking to you? It’s summertime in India, and this is the first time I’ve been surrounded with so very many idols and. Add to Cart Add to Cart.