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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (16 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340995084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340995082
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Timothy Keller is senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Manhattan: and New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God. He is also author of Counterfeit Gods and The Prodigal God book, film, and discussion guide.

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Fifty years from now, if evangelical Christians are widely known for their love of cities, their commitment to mercy and justice, and their love of their neighbors, Tim Keller will be remembered as a pioneer of the new urban Christians. (Christianity Today magazine)

'In this apologia for Christian faith, Keller mines material from literary classics, philosophy, anthropology and a multitude of other disciplines to make an intellectually compelling case for God. Written for sceptics and the believers who love them, the book draws on the author's encounters as founding pastor of New York's booming Redeemer Presbyterian Church.' for THE REASON FOR GOD (Publishers Weekly)

Tim Keller's ministry in New York City is leading a generation of seekers and skeptics toward belief in God. I thank God for him. (Billy Graham)

'This is a great book. All pastors and thinking Christians should read this book.' (Christianity Magazine)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A. Patterson on 9 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Keller invites us to explore our deepest longings and motivations and to wean us off the gods that we pursue, by directing us to Jesus Christ. Although this book is, in many ways, a challenging, even a painful book to read as it lays bear the longings of our own hearts, it offers fresh hope for those of us whose gods have let us down.

In an accessible and masterful way, Keller reveals how we can take good things (career, love, family, material things) and make them "ultimate" things - seeking in them a security and fulfillment that are are never unable to deliver. He is also realistic about the hold that our idols have upon us, recognising that only a living encounter with God can deal with their stubbornness, as Christ himself becomes what it ultimate in our lives. Time after time, Keller shows us that the answer to the slavery that idols bring - is not simply to love these good things less - but to love Christ more, and throughout this short book, Keller's insightful exploration of the gospel through some of the familiar stories of the bible, helps and encourages us to do this.

I can't recommend this book too highly and I'm itching to read it with others and to allow its message and insights to work more deeply in me.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sunil Raheja on 5 Feb. 2010
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Keller's book is a powerful and compelling expose of the emptiness and superficiality of our age and its obsession with money, love and power. Drawing on lessons and wisdom from the lives of, among others, the Old Testament characters of Abraham, Jacob and Jonah and interspersing them with real life stories from today, I found this an enormously helpful book in understanding how my heart is so easily drawn away from the living God and where to go to find real lasting fulfilment and joy. As Keller so succinctly puts it in his introduction, "The living God who revealed Himself at both Mount Sinai and on the Cross is the only Lord who, if you find Him, can truly fulfil you, and if you fail Him, can truly forgive you". This very much is a book for our time that deserves to be widely read by those of whatever faith or religious or sceptical persuasion.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. J. Weeks on 1 Oct. 2010
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I put this book in a unique category. Never before have I read a book, immediately reread and then studied it again.

When I was given this book I thought it would be evangelistic. It is but it is much more. it challenges you to think what is the most important thing in your life. Is God in prime place? The idols of our age are confronted, family, wealth, nationalism, success, sex, power and hidden idols we may not know we conceal. Each chapter is also an exposition of a Bible story to expose the idolatry. Each story is brought to a Christ honouring exegesis. The command of other sources cited is impressive including non-Christian ones.

I have only one minor criticism. After wealth, the idol I see most in the world around me is the state. People would rather have their future depend on the state than on God. The state is allowed to make demands in all of life. It educates, heals and provides financial security and we love to have it so. Maybe this is omitted because the US is not the welfare state we have in the UK.

Superb book. I must read more from Keller.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Hopkins on 19 Dec. 2009
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Tim Keller once again draws together a rich understanding of the Christian gospel and insights into contemporary culture into a thought-provoking and engaging book. Perhaps one of the greatest triumphs of the book is to articulate an estranged idea, namely idolatry, into the twenty first century experience; showing how that rather than escaping the primitive power of idols we are in fact surrounded and enslaved by them. Through a Christ-centred analysis of scripture, Keller exposes our personal and cultural idols and shows that the only antidote to our idolatry is the true God, revealed in Jesus Christ. A compelling message and thoroughly recommended reading.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Geurtsen on 16 Dec. 2009
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Tim Keller has written a superb book on hidden drivers of our behaviour and our western culture. Illustrated by several inspiring examples from the Scriptures, on which he has some new insights, he really has pointed me in the right direction. This book might change your perspective on life an it's many challenges.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. Shepherd on 28 Mar. 2010
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Thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking book.

For those unfamiliar with Timothy Keller he has a very enjoyable way of writing. He is able to convey difficult ideologies in an easily understood manner. In doing so he is able to make his points seem interesting, relevant and thought provoking. Keller's ability to write in this style has lead to him being recognised as a modern version of CS Lewis.

The primary premise of this book, as the title suggests, rests on idols. The book suggests that the bible, as originally illustrated by the 10 commandments, claims that our worldly problems rest on our constant need to make idols of non-godly things. The book addresses the modern materialistic idols of the western world, namely money, fame, culture, power etc. It then attempts to help the reader identify if they share any of these idols. The book concludes that man needs to turn back to God and in doing so will free himself from his worldly attachments and become a happier being.

I can't fault Keller's thought on idols. I gained significant amounts of insight from his book. I would however highlight that the majority of Keller's Theology is specifically Protestant. He draws a lot of reference to Luther's Theology of the Cross, and a lot of his assertions are based on Lutheran ideas.

The only critique I can offer is that at points the book reads a little more like a self-help book than a book on Biblical thought. However, this does not occur enough for me to feel deterred or irritated by the content itself so the critique really is only a minor one.

Overall, I highly recommend the book.
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