Book Review By Martin Fox
challenging, I was then given ‘Counterfeit Gods’ to read this summer. Once again it was thought provoking and challenging, as Tim Keller has the ability to look at what the bible says in very different ways.
Counterfeit Gods By Tim Keller
I have become a big fan of Tim Keller’s books. Having been given ‘Generous Justice’ last Christmas, and found it both stimulating and
Before I read the book I was sure that I didn’t worship idols. Now I know that I do!! But so did Abraham, Jacob, Naaman and Jonah, so I am in good company. In each case God had to deal with each one and show them where and how they had put part of their lives before God.
What sort of idols are we talking about? Our jobs
I want to recommend this s u p e r b C h r i s t i a n Newspaper to you all. It contains wonderful stories of ordinary Christians all over the world. It will warm your heart!
But it also gives the bad news: the persecuted church, the compromising church etc., which will lead you to pray. There are excellent short Bible studies on important doctrine and aspects of everyday Christian living,
t e s t imoni e s , much practical advice on all sorts of subjects, engaging with other faiths, church history. There is a lot of news of mission all over the world, and of churches both in the UK and abroad. There is analysis of what’s going on in our and other nations: all good to encourage prayer. There are film reviews/book reviews/article for youth leaders/running church
The GOOD Book Club
or career, success, money, our children, sex, sport, our home, a hobby, or possessions. Or maybe our security, or being accepted by others. In short, anything that is our first love. As this book challenges: ’To who or what do you look for life- sus taining s tabi l i ty, security and acceptance? What do you really want and expect out of life? What would really make you happy? What would make you an acceptable person? Where do you look for power and success? These questions, or similar ones, tease out whether we serve God or idols, whether we look for salvation from Christ or false saviours.’ All too often the idols we pursue will one day disappoint
music, churches to attend on holiday, conferences etc. etc. It’s encouraging, c h a l l e n g i n g a n d instructive; so much of it what you won’t normally read in the daily secular newspapers but helpful for us to engage as Christians in the world.
There’s too much for me to mention everything in this short article. Overall it’s worth much more than the monthly £1.00 it
us and let us down… unless it is based on the eternal God.
And what does God offer us? Simply, His grace.
He loves us more than we can ever know.
He died for us because of this love.
We are secure and accepted because of this love.
I t i s t h e mo s t
extraordinary gift, and one that should be accepted above all others. And if we don’t do some- thing about it we will be breaking the f i r s t commandment.
A hugely powerful message, and the book explains it far better than I can. Please read it.
will cost through us, your church distributors [£1.25 direct from EN]. We deliver it to church pigeonholes on the first Sunday of the month. If you would like a free sample copy then please ask.
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Every month we read a book of the Bible and come together to pray and chat about what we have read. We meet at St Mary’s Vaults on Monday evenings: anyone can come along. Some of us know the Bible well, oth- ers are reading it for the first time: come as you are! We find wonderful new things as we meet informally.
We would love for more bGh_4 www.stgeorgeschurch.net
people to join us.
This month we are read- ing Acts ch.13-28 – meet 7.45pm at St Mary’s Vaults (opp George’s Place) on 19th
and the next meeting on 12th December.
By Cheryl Williams
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