I have been given the opportunity to do some reviews on some books from a few different publishers. Some of them do not quite fit into the focus I have for Living Infuzion, but obviously have some good information. Here are some of my perspectives on some pretty good books! Enjoy!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Empty Promises By Pete Wilson

I love books like this.  As a long-time Christian, sometimes I can feel like I am in pretty good shape, but then a book like this comes along and I see parts of me in it.  The premise of the book is to deal with the lies that people either tell themselves, or are told by other people.  The point is that they are lies.  They are distortions of who God is, and who we are in Christ.

In this culture there are lots of different sources of influence, and many off them lead people off into the bushes and off the path that God has set out for us.  They trap and distract us from the person we are to be in Jesus.

One of the ways that Pete Wilson addresses the lies we face is that he sets them in the frame of them being an idol in our lives.  Idols do not have to be carved out hunks of stone.  Idols are the things in our lives that we use to try to fill the place that God should fill.  When we use those other things, they may fulfill for a short time, but in the end they are always going to be come up short.

Another section defines some traps that people fall into when they overemphasize achievement in their lives.  People can begin to try to define who they are by what they do, and what they have accomplished, and Wilson shows how that can be dangerous when you contrast it who you are based on Scripture.

He uses several portions of Scripture to illustrate his points, and that is the key.  This book is very practical and relevant to today.  Pick up your copy of this book and take your time and use it with Scripture to do some self-searching.

Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson.

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