“A counterfeit god is anything so central and essential to your life that, should you lose it, your life would feel hardly worth living…It can be family and children, or career and making money, or achievement and critical acclaim, or saving “face” and social standing. It can be a romantic relationship, peer approval, competence and skill, secure and comfortable circumstances, your beauty or your brains, a great political or social cause, your morality and virtue, or even success in the Christian ministry” (p xviii).
In Counterfeit Gods Timothy Keller unpacks the lives of Abraham, Jacob, Leah, Zacchaeus, Naaman, Nebuchadnezzar, and Jonah to expose the counterfeit gods hidden with the human heart. The good things that had become the best things. Then, like a skilled surgeon, he operates by pointing to Jesus Christ as the real cure for each case of idolatry. Counterfeit Gods gently brings the reader to see the hidden idols in their own heart through the stories of the men and women of the Bible. By the end of the book the reader is equipped to discern the idols in their heart and are equipped to enthrone Jesus as the rightful object of worship in their life. I give Keller’s book a solid 5 out of 5 stars.