by Timothy Keller
London: Hodder & Stoughton. 2009
Review by Chris Ramsbottom
I suspect that a book entitled Idolatry wouldn’t hit the bestseller lists! Counterfeit gods on the other hands tweaks our interest. It’s a catchy title, but is Keller actually addressing anything new? It doesn’t look like it when we read the subtitle: ‘When the empty promises of love, money and power let you down’. So is this just another book on money, sex and power?
Yes and no.
‘Yes’ in that those are the issues that Keller tackles. But ‘no’ in the way that he does it. Keller’s insights into the Bible and contemporary culture are superb. If you’re looking for a book that is both grounded in Scripture but also relevant for today then this is a must-read.
Keller tackles the idols in our lives head-on. The book is often challenging but highly readable. The chapters are short, twenty-something pages each. The epilogue is probably the most important chapter, as it deals with ‘finding and replacing’ your idols.
For anyone that struggles with idolatry (i.e. everyone) this book is a great reminder of both the counterfeit gods in our lives and the one, true God.