empty promises book review

Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You’re Believing (2012)

In the book Empty Promises, Author Pete Wilson tackles the most common empty promises people in our culture struggle with. The prevailing question is not whether or not we struggle with idols, but “what do we do with our idols?”

If there one big takeaway from the book, it is this: what we worship shapes who we are.

Pete said it best in the book:

Do you like the person you are becoming? If not, might I suggest that you take a look at what’s on the throne of your heart? Because one of the fundamental truths in human nature- and the greatest dangers of idolatry- is that what we worship shapes who we are.

Some of the other fundamental truths about idolatry that the author shares in this book include:

  • Understanding that we have an idolatrous heart to begin with (something Pete does a great job of explaining)
  • The exact things we tend to look to give us what only God can give us
  • Why only God himself is the only replacement for our idols
  • Understanding the reasons why idols need to be replaced and not just removed.

Do you want to live a fuller life? Do you want better relationships? Do you want to live in better alignment with God’s will for your life. Read this great book and come to a better understanding of the “good” things that can take the place of the “greatest” thing (your personal relationship with God).

What has a tendency to take the throne of your heart?



“Success is waking up in the morning, whoever you are, wherever you are, however old or young, and bounding out of bed because there is something out there you love to do, that you believe in, that you’re good at- something that’s bigger than you are, and you can hardly wait to get at it again today.”

Whit Hobbs

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I am excited about speaking at the Boost Leader Summit in Dallas. This speaker series has notable presenters like Jeff Goins, Michael Nichols and Dennis McIntee.

Date: May 30, 2014
Time: 09:00-03:30 p.m.
Event: Boost Leader Summit - Dallas
Topic: Your Life and Work Matters
Venue: FBC Midlothian Center
Location: 1651 S Midlothian Pkwy
Midlothian, Texas
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