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Counterfeit Gods

When the Empty Promises of Love, Money, and Power Let You Down

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Tim Keller challenges the reader from the Bible with the ever-present issue of idolatry.

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The issue of idolatry has been with the human race for thousands of years; the subtle temptation is always to take what is good and turn it into the ultimate good, elevating it above all other things in the search for security and meaning.

In this timely and challenging book, New York pastor Timothy Keller looks at the issue of idolatry throughout the Bible – from the worship of actual idols in the Old Testament, to the idolatry of money by the rich young ruler when he was challenged by Jesus to give up all his wealth. Using classic stories from the Bible, Keller cuts through our dependence on the glittering false idols of money, sex and power to uncover the path towards trust in the real ultimate – God.

Today’s idols may look different from those of the Old Testament, but Keller argues that they are no less damaging. Culturally transforming as well as biblically based, Counterfeit Gods is a powerful look at the temptation to worship what can only disappoint, and is a vital message in today’s current climate of financial and social difficulty.

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  • Introduction: The Idol Factory

  • One: All You've Ever Wanted
    Two: Love Is Not All You Need
    Three: Money Changes Everything
    Four: The Seduction of Success
    Five: The Power and the Glory
    Six: The Hidden Idols in Our Lives
    Seven: The End of Counterfeit Gods
    Epilogue: Finding and Replacing Your Idols

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Contributors Timothy Keller
ISBN 9780340995082
Format Paperback
First published September 2010
Dimensions 129mm x 197mm x 15mm
Weight 0.18 kg
Print size 9.0pt
Language English
Pages 240
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
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Counterfeit Gods

Tim Challies, Challies.com, 20 Oct 2009

Truly, the human heart is an idol factory. Counterfeit Gods points to Scripture to help root them out, turns to the Cross to find forgiveness and points to the gospel as the power to find ultimate freedom from them. This is an excellent book and one I hope to read again, perhaps in a group setting. It is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year and I commend it to you.... continue reading

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5 Feb 2023


Excellent book, very easy read, but also very challenging

12 Dec 2011

“Priority reading for our generation”

Tim Keller "understands the times" in which we live and this brilliant analysis of our Western culture and the substitutes that we have put in place of God is at the same time a penetrating biblical study. The book is powerful, relevant and challenging as we search our own hearts and seek to present the gospel to our generation.

25 Nov 2011


One of the best Christian books I have read in a long time.

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