I’m a little late getting to this review. The truth is I got the book in advance of it’s release, but my wife stole it from me. I’m sure she’ll write an amazing review of it because she read it all before I could get it back. Not that I’m throwing her under the bus or anything…
Truth be told, I’ve been slammed and didn’t get a chance to get started on it. I’m glad she read it when she did because it came at the perfect time for her. You see, she was dealing with some of the very things that Pete Wilson touches on in this incredible book, Empty Promises. It’s funny how things work out because I had some travel scheduled this week and this book landed at just the right time (which makes Heather “stealing it” providential). I read and wrestled with the words that Pete wrote all week long. And that is a very, very good thing.
Let’s be honest, you all know we’re big, BIG fans of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee. We consider it to be our “church in the south”. We follow along online and attend whenever we find ourselves in Nashville. I’m not sure “fan” is the right word of how we feel about the church, or how I feel about Pete Wilson, but it’s the only one I can think of at the moment. I love this guys heart. I love how he loves his wife, his 3 boys and his church. If you follow his blog, or his twitter, or his sermons on Sunday, you know what I’m talking about. His love for those things just oozes out of him.
I wanted to make sure I said all of those things so it’s not misunderstood when I make the next statement….my review of this book is not based on any of those things I just said. While I have loads of respect for Pete and love how he tells stories of his life through his writing, this review is about the book and the contents within. I’m glad I read it while I was alone so I could process and, like I said, wrestle with what I was reading.
If you would have asked me before I read the book if I struggled with idols in my life and their place before God, I would have said “maybe”. To be honest I didn’t really think there were things that needed to be placed in different order. If you ask me now, I would say “definitely”. “Empty Promises” was a bit of a wakeup call for me. It brought to light some areas that I didn’t realize had taken a prominent place in my life. I don’t get up in the morning, burn some incense and bow before a golden calf, but I do struggle with acceptance. I’m not out to get to the top of the Corporate Ladder, but I do have fears about money. I don’t run up my credit cards with toys I don’t need, but I do struggle with the definition of what’s “enough”. I’m just being honest.
Chapter after chapter, “Empty Promises” will walk you through a process of realizing that we all look to fill a God-given desire with everything BUT Him. This isn’t a “beat down” session, it’s an opportunity to pause and take some inventory. Let’s just say I didn’t like what I saw. I highly recommend this book to anyone that has an opportunity to read it. It’s given me things to work on and a sense of freedom from things I didn’t even know I was worshipping. Thank you Pete. Thank you for being who you are. Thank you for writing from the heart.
I give Empty Promises a 5 out of 5
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