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Book Review: ‘Counterfeit Gods’ by Tim Keller

January 31, 2011

I’ve just finished reading ‘Counterfeit Gods‘ by Tim Keller which is, as usual for Tim, really great!

This is the third of Tim’s books which I have read and each one is excellent. In this one Tim is showing how idols are part of everyone’s life and reflects back to stories in the Old Testament to show how this has always been the case. Starting with Abraham’s idol of his family’s legacy and the prime place of his promised son and moving on to Jacob’s search for acceptance and blessing Tim moves on to show this works in the twenty first century and how we all replace God with something else. For some this will be money, for others this will be power, for others sex but all of us have idols and Tim is at pains to help us see this for ourselves. In the final chapter Tim then helps us to get rid of our idols with God Himself by regular worship, in Bible reading, corporate worship and prayer. This is a great book for anyone!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2011 1:47 am

    I haven’t yet read the book but it sounds ‘like my speed. ‘ I gather, from this video and from your words, that everyone has an idol, whether he is conscious of it or not.

    The most blatant idols in our society are no doubt money, power, and sex; but this seems to me a given. All we need do to discover this reality is turn on the TV for five minutes.

  2. July 4, 2011 3:28 am

    Charlie, this book is on my list of ‘To read books’, thanks for the post. Liked what he says about idols in the video.

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