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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Timothy Keller Narrator: Tom Parks Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781441830494
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Success, money, true love, and the life you’ve always wanted. Many of us placed our faith in these things, believing they held the key to happiness. The recent economic meltdown has cast a harsh new light on these pursuits. In a matter of months, fortunes, marriages, careers, and a secure retirement have disappeared for millions of people. No wonder so many of us feel lost, alone, disenchanted, and resentful. But the truth is that we made counterfeit gods of these good things—gods that can’t give us what we really need. There is only one God who can wholly satisfy our cravings—and now is the perfect time to meet Him again, or for the first time.

In Counterfeit Gods, Keller shows how the Bible reveals the unvarnished truth about our faith and our hearts’ desires. This powerful and inspiring message will cement Keller’s reputation as a critical thinker and pastor, and comes at a crucial time—for both the faithful and the skeptical.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krissy | 2/17/2014

    " read this one for Bible study. helpful and enjoyable, if a bit repetitive in parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Pulley | 2/11/2014

    " This is an informative and fascinating book about the things in our lives that become more important to us than God. I had never heard of the concept of "deep idols" before and how they manifest in our lives. Money, power, romance, success, religion - all these things can be driving forces for our behaviour and all of them in idol form take a good thing and make it the only thing. It's never easy to have your eyes opened to your own faults, but if you can grow and learn with new information, it's ultimately a good thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karla Webb | 2/9/2014

    " Insightful look at what idols are and where you can find them in our world. I tagged lots of passages that I wanted to refer to again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stutteringhand | 2/4/2014

    " May be one of the best books on living a Christ centered life I have yet to read. I'm sure I'll be reading it over for years to come. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roy | 2/2/2014

    " "If you uproot the idol and fail to "plant" the love of Christ in its place, the idol will grow back" p.172 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Kaufmann | 1/31/2014

    " Excellent reminder about the idols in our lives. I especially liked the interpretation of the story of Jacob and Rachel. So many people make that a "Jacob was willing to wait" story, when in reality he idolized Rachel, and it was ultimately Leah that God blessed with a son whose descendant was Jesus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Powers | 1/15/2014

    " Keller is confident without being arrogant, intellectual without being esoteric. Great book about idols, which can be anything we elevate above God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belle Nicole | 1/13/2014

    " Incredible new look at this idea of idols. Challenging and makes you think outside of christian norms when it comes to idols both internal and external. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chin Hwa | 1/7/2014

    " Absolutely amazing! We all live for something - in other words, an idol - be it success, 'love'/romantic relationships, approval, or power. This book carefully diagnoses our deepest idols and then presents us with Jesus, who offers us the most amazing hope and life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Tsai | 1/6/2014

    " A typical Tim Keller book - with lots of important truths and reminders broken down in the simplest way possible. Quick read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Taylor | 12/4/2013

    " I must read! Truly a challenging and helpful tool in spiritual growth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 12/3/2013

    " Simply one of the most thought-provoking books I've read in a good way. A central theme throughout the book is grace. Timothy's style is easy to read and gives the Christian much to reflect on-- bringing one back to God chapter by chapter. Idols aren't easy to speak on. A must- read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sanela Tutaris | 9/10/2013

    " Very thought provoking. For example, the author points in this book that Jacob's idol was Rachel. It really made me think about the idols (gods) I have in my own life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleenish | 8/7/2013

    " This was my least favorite of Tim Keller's books. While not bad, it mimicked a million other sermons by a million other people on spiritual idolatry. It wasn't a bad book, but I thought it was a little bit uninspired. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Gorman | 8/1/2013

    " Good book on what has ultimate control and love in our lives. Keller tackles the main areas that have a potential grip hold on us and ends with helpful pastoral advice on how to stop the "idol factory" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevan | 6/3/2013

    " A great, thoughtful read, challenging you to think through the good things in your life you've elevated to too high a level of importance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Forrer | 10/18/2012

    " Incredible dissection of the human heart and what may be ruling our thoughts and actions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark-robyn | 9/7/2012

    " I regularly get distracted by even the good things of this life and away from the holy. Keller's book was a great help in waging this war and helping me to set my heart on what is real and genuine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony Alvarado | 8/6/2012

    " Very helpful book, very convicting. Keller is very good at revealing the gospel in the OT and the last few chapters discussing Jonah and Jacob are incredible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnnie | 5/30/2012

    " I wish Keller would stop reading my mail. I listened to this book on audio and I kept thinking..."he is NOT going to say that is a counterfeit god" and then BAM...he said it. Every Christian who believes she worships the one true God owes it to herself to read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Hardin | 11/17/2011

    " Ten-star rating! Living at ground zero of the American culture, he sees so clearly what our idols are and how they enslave us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew | 11/10/2011

    " This book delves into the root cause of all the problems and dissatisfactions of humanity. Keller does a great job of making his case, and he helped me to see and think about some things in a different way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/21/2011

    " this book helped me identify my idols. chapter by chapter I followed with reflections and came to deeply pry my inside and verbally confess many of my isaacs and other counterfeit gods but that's isn't the end of it... this is just the beginning... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 8/12/2011

    " This is the second Timothy Keller book I had read and I really enjoyed reading this. It didn't take me very long to read it, because it was easy to read, relevant to me and therefore found it very useful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nils | 8/1/2011

    " This is good, but not nearly as revelatory as The Prodigal God or The Reason for God. The main benefit I got was help identifying the idols in my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 5/11/2011

    " Excellent book by Keller, but that's no surprise. I am a big fan of his. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Calvin | 4/25/2011

    " Great wee book by Tim Keller. He really gets some interesting perspectives on well known Bible stories that make you want to read them all again through his lens of 'idolatry awareness.' Good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 3/17/2011

    " I love how Keller recasts well-known Bible stories. His descriptions of Namaan and Jonah were fresh and helpful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane | 3/14/2011

    " Keller transforms one of the most profound theological concepts, idolatry, into something intensely practical and devotional. This book will become a staple of your Christian Living diet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 3/12/2011

    " A helpful little manual for uprooting insidious God-replacements in our lives. Especially meaningful were the vignettes on Bible characters, with Jonah being my personal favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew | 3/6/2011

    " This book delves into the root cause of all the problems and dissatisfactions of humanity. Keller does a great job of making his case, and he helped me to see and think about some things in a different way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 2/11/2011

    " I must read! Truly a challenging and helpful tool in spiritual growth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitch | 1/25/2011

    " Worth the price if only for Chapter 2 (Love is Not All You Need) and Keller's illustrations from the O.T. stories of Issac and Esau & the love triangle of Jacob, Rachel & Leah. A great book to make you ponder where or in what do you find your identity and complete satisfaction? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nona | 1/19/2011

    " The truth is that we made lesser gods of these good things -gods that can't give us what we really need. There is only one God who can wholly satisfy our cravings- and now is the perfect time to meet him again, or for the first time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missy | 1/18/2011

    " An amazing, thought-provoking book. I will probably read it again. Tim Keller is one of the most insightful authors of our time. "

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About the Author
Author Timothy Keller

Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He was first a pastor in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has more than five thousand regular Sunday attendees and has helped start nearly two hundred new churches around the world. Keller lives in New York City with his family.

About the Narrator

Tom Parks is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator who has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, in 2010 and 2013. He has been involved in recording audiobooks and voice-overs for over thirty years and through an eclectic range of projects. In addition to performing and directing, he is also an active musician, drumming in musical theater productions in the Midwest, and is in demand as a conference speaker.