Mark’s #34 – Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters by Timothy Keller (210 pages)

Timothy Keller is pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.  He’s well known for being a leader in cultural engagement, philosophical thought (see his book Reason For God) and gospel grounded sermons and books.

As the title suggests, Counterfeit Gods deals with many of the most prominent idols both individually and culturally that 21st century Americans have embraced such as romantic love, money, success, power, and others.   Keller exposes each of these idols using both contemporary examples and biblical illustrations.  He shows, as Calvin said, “The human heart is an idol factory.”

The problem with all of our idols is that, because they are counterfeit gods, they can not hold up to the weight of god like status in our lives… For example, eventually money will fail to deliver on it’s promise of security and happiness.

I appreciate Keller’s writing style and clarity.   More than this, I particularly appreciate the way he is able to guide the reader back to the heart of gospel as our only source of hope in this life.

Unfortunately, or rather thankfully,  reading a whole book on idolatry personally served to expose many of my deep-seated idols that I still cling to for various reasons…  May God grant me the faith to continually turn back to cross and look upon Him who alone is faithful to deliver on all His promises.

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