Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Review of Empty Promises by Pete Wilson
As soon as I saw that Pete Wilson had a new book coming out, I knew I had to read it. I'm going to be honest. I loved Pete Wilson's book Plan B. I listen to his sermons online when I get a chance. I've even told my husband that if he ever gets an opportunity to move to Tennessee for work, that's cool with me, because I've got our new church picked out! I have never listened to a message by Pete that left me wondering what God was wanting me to hear out of that message. They always hit me right where I am. They convict me and challenge me.
So, I was expecting his books to do the same thing. I LOVE challenges. I love for people to challenge my thinking. I love it when something is explained in a different way. So, the part of the back cover of this book says: "We all long for more of something in our lives. In our endless pursuit to feel worth and acceptance we find ourselves sacrificing everything for the promise to be a little more beautiful, a little richer, a little more powerful and successful, a little more loved.".
I cannot tell you how many times in my life I have wondered, is this all there is? Am I missing something? I know that life is tough here on earth, but surely we should have some enjoyment and really be living instead of just existing. As soon as I looked at the table of contents in this book, I knew Chapter Four: Addicted to Approval was going to be a really hard chapter for me to read. When I was growing up, all I wanted from my family was to feel loved, wanted, approved of and accepted. By the time I hit my teenage years, I felt like I hated them because they would not or could not give me that acceptance and approval that I so felt like I needed. I realize now, after reading this book, that they could not give me the acceptance and approval that I thought I needed from them. Only God can fill that void. There were so many other chapters in this book that hit home for me. Chapter Eight: Addicted to Beauty was one that I definitely did not see me in. But I realized in reading that chapter that instead of trying to make myself beautiful, I tend to rebel by not wearing makeup, because of comments that my Mom would make about me leaving the house without makeup on as a teenager.
This entire book opened my eyes to idols that I had no idea that I had. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that wants a deeper walk with God. It is an easy read and very well written. I received this book for free from Booksneeze in exchange for a review. The thoughts on this book are all my own.