on June 1, 2015
A very challenging, though welcome, read. Not challenging in the sense of the prose itself, but rather in the message. Western society (including the Church of Jesus Christ), may think that they have discarded all the gods of a by-gone day. Perhaps. But they (we) have subtly recrafted idols, perhps even more insidiously subversive, than those of our forebears. Timothy Keller's book unmasks these gods, describes how they demand everything from us (and even how willing we are to bend the knee to them), and how the only place to begin to escape their death-like grip is through the life giving message of the Lord Jesus Christ's death and resurrection.
This book is accessible to a large audience, as intended, I think, but anybody whose read Keller will know that doesn't mean this is simplistic and dumbed-down - far from it. Keller systematically convinces us that idolatry is a modern problem, then proceeds to show us all the obvious and not-so-obvious ways we succumb to it - the pursuit of sex, money and power is one thing but what about the hidden idols that lie behind those manic pursuits. Keller all the while firmly points us to God as the only fulfillment of all our deepest needs. Keller uses the Bible quite heavily here, but not in a tiresome and predictable way - he goes through stories such as Jonah and Nebuchadnezzar to illustrate his points. If you haven't been exposed to these stories in some time you'll be surprised at what these stories all contain. Jonah, in particular, is a story which needs to be re-read as the modern conception of what it's all about is off considerably.
Oh, yeah, this book isn't terribly long either, so what's your excuse?
on October 16, 2013
Awesome, Wonderful, Incredibule, Good, Great, Magnificent, Stunning, Formidable, Breathtaking, Impressive, Beautiful... What else can I say? Timothy Keller, you've done it again!