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on 28 March 2010
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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