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Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the… (utgåvan 1733)

av Timothy Keller (Författare)

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The issue of idolatry has been with the human race for thousands of years; the subtle temptation is always to take what is good and turn it into the ultimate good, elevating it above all other things in the search for security and meaning. In this timely and challenging book, New York pastor Timothy Keller looks at the issue of idolatry throughout the Bible -- from the worship of actual idols in the Old Testament, to the idolatry of money by the rich young ruler when he was challenged by Jesus to give up all his wealth. Using classic stories from the Bible Keller cuts through our dependence on the glittering false idols of money, sex and power to uncover the path towards trust in the real ultimate -- God. Today's idols may look different from those of the Old Testament, but Keller argues that they are no less damaging. Culturally transforming as well as biblically based, COUNTERFEIT GODS is a powerful look at the temptation to worship what can only disappoint, and is a vital message in today's current climate of financial and social difficulty.… (mer)
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Titel:Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters by Timothy Keller (2009-10-20)
Författare:Timothy Keller (Författare)
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Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters av Timothy Keller

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Os ideais de felicidade, exclusivamente fundados no sucesso, na posse e no sexo, mais uma vez, foram postos à prova pela recente crise que determinou a erosão súbita de fortunas e seguranças, com desmoronamento de carreiras e de casamentos. Milhões de pessoas, perante o esboroamento desses ideais transformados em ídolos, viram-se mergulhadas na amargura, na incerteza e na solidão, vendo desvanecidos, numa miragem, o «garantido» sentido das suas vidas. O que sustentava, então, essa aparente promessa de felicidade? Falsos Deuses de Timothy Keller
«Qualquer coisa pode ser um ídolo. Ora, os ídolos óbvios são o dinheiro, o sexo e o poder.
Muitos de nós percebem que esses ídolos, na nossa cultura, estão a gerar destruição. É dada ênfase demasiada às posses, ao dinheiro; muita ênfase à beleza física.
Mas, se qualquer coisa pode ser um ídolo, então a dedicação à família pode ser um problema. Qualquer um de nós pode fazer da família um ídolo; dos filhos, do cônjuge. Pode fazer-se um ídolo de um compromisso com a nossa própria religião. Podemos olhar para a nossa performance moral para o salvar. Por isso, não podemos entender o nosso coração e a nossa cultura, a não ser que se aprenda a entender e a discernir os ídolos.
Se o leitor é uma pessoa que sempre se pergunta: Porque não consigo mudar? Porque não consigo sequer entender porque faço as coisas que faço?
Eu escrevi este livro para si.»
  Jonatas.Bakas | Apr 29, 2021 |
I picked this up because of Matt Chandler's excellent messages on the "source idols," in which he cites this book. I didn't realize how much Chandler has developed and deepened the ideas here; I assumed I'd be reading the concepts Chandler has preached on and (I hoped) even going deeper with them. Not so.

Though not as deep as I'd hoped, the book's content is solid and challenging. What lowered its star rating is the overexplaining and repetition. Keller frequently quotes the Bible and then retells the story we just read. "What Jacob means by this is ..." "What he's really saying here is ..." "In other words ..." etc. It's irritating at best, rather condescending at worst, and prevented me from engaging with the book. ( )
  AmandaGStevens | Mar 2, 2019 |
Once again Tim Keller communicates a simple and yet hard-hittingly profound message that we all need to hear over and over. Keller examines the idol-factories that our hearts are and draws our hearts to really grasp what the gospel truly is. Everyone should read this one! ( )
  HGButchWalker | Sep 21, 2016 |
This book changed my life in how Keller will not let anyone pretend to have an excuse for idolatry. We are all idolaters, even though we do not necessarily worship physical statues. ( )
  JGadbaugh | Dec 21, 2015 |
In Counterfeit Gods, Tim Keller explores the danger of idols for Christians. Maybe at first thought when you hear the word "idol" you're thinking of a statue or even an American Idol, but Keller's book is about all the good things in our lives that can go wrong when we desire them more than we desire God. Keller's book breaks down the ways we can idolize everything from love to success to money and power and beyond. None of these things are necessarily bad in and of themselves, that is, until we would give anything to have them.

This book is about a very important topic, especially for Christians who are worried they might be falling too much in love with the things of this world. I loved how Keller reasons through his topic, not necessarily starting with point A and passing through points B and C to get to D, rather choosing a main point and circling to get to it, if that makes any sense at all. It requires a little extra work on the part of the reader, but the payoff, in my opinion, is enormous. Keller's chapters are packed with examples of idolatry from history both recent and distant as well as a biblical example that manages to both illustrate his point about the idol in question while successfully speaking to the Bible's relevance through the ages as we pursue the same idols our Biblical forbears struggled with. This is a great book for a Christian who wants to grow closer to God by revealing and blotting out the many things we chase after that can't satisfy us in the way only God can. ( )
  yourotherleft | Jan 22, 2015 |
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The issue of idolatry has been with the human race for thousands of years; the subtle temptation is always to take what is good and turn it into the ultimate good, elevating it above all other things in the search for security and meaning. In this timely and challenging book, New York pastor Timothy Keller looks at the issue of idolatry throughout the Bible -- from the worship of actual idols in the Old Testament, to the idolatry of money by the rich young ruler when he was challenged by Jesus to give up all his wealth. Using classic stories from the Bible Keller cuts through our dependence on the glittering false idols of money, sex and power to uncover the path towards trust in the real ultimate -- God. Today's idols may look different from those of the Old Testament, but Keller argues that they are no less damaging. Culturally transforming as well as biblically based, COUNTERFEIT GODS is a powerful look at the temptation to worship what can only disappoint, and is a vital message in today's current climate of financial and social difficulty.

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