Empty Promises

on April 10, 2012 in Giveaways, I heart books. with 78 comments by

He leads a church attended by thousands. He has an online following of tens of thousands. And for some reason, I am important to Pete Wilson.

He laughs at my jokes. He looks at me compassionately when I’m whining about being an author or being single or being me. He thinks I’m a better writer than I actually am and says so. His wife and I have a sweet friendship and his nine year old son offered to take me to see the Hunger Games. [He’s already seen it once- what a giver to offer to go again.]

The Wilsons are important to me too.

I’m getting all teary up in here just writing about them. But you know what is true? Most people who speak to Pete after a Cross Point service on any given Sunday would say the same thing. It’s kinda what he does- makes other people feel important and loved.

[Good skill for a pastor to have. And Pete’s got it in spades.]

Days like today are a favorite of mine. One of the JOYS of having a blog and being a writer is getting to use words to tell you about my people, how great they are, and the great things they are doing.

[So let me say here- I’m writing this blog post because I want to – not because my pastor is threatening to make my sins public or tweet the names of everyone I’ve ever crushed on or kick me out of his church and he is not paying me to talk about his book. I just believe in who Pete is and what he is doing and I’m proud to tell you about him and his work.]

Pete has a new book coming out today – Empty Promises. And y’all. I mean. Seriously. It’s so good it will make you want to puke. [That’s a compliment in Nashville, by the way. Well, in my Nashville at least. So go with it.]

Here’s the trailer for Empty Promises. It gives me goosebumps and teary eyes.

Right? RIGHT?!?

Here’s the description of Empty Promises:

We all long for more of something in our lives. In our endless pursuit to feel worth and acceptance we find ourselves sacrificing everything for the promise to be a little more beautiful, a little richer, a little more powerful and successful, a little more loved.

How do we break free from these empty pursuits and start chasing the only Promise that will ever satisfy? How do we uncover the hidden idols that are driving us and turn our devotion toward the one true God?

Join Pastor and best-selling author Pete Wilson in discovering the joy and freedom that comes with seeking after God with your whole life. Learn how to replace, and not just relinquish, life’s empty promises by turning your focus and worship toward Him. It is the only thing that will set you absolutely free from the endless pursuit of everything else.

I know. I. KNOW. This is an amazing book that will, I un-empty promise you, make a mark on your life and probably on the world.

You can get Empty Promises TODAY on Amazon. Woot.

Or.

OR.

Because Pete is a baller and I asked real nice on your behalf, I have a free copy of Empty Promises to give away today. And because I so believe that this book has the power to change the way you live your life, all you have to do to be entered to win is leave a comment saying, “Annie, if I win this book, I promise I’ll read it. And then I’ll tell someone else to read it too.” [You can use your own words- you don’t have to quote me quoting you.] No tricky gimmicks or extra sign ups or anything.

Just leave a comment before 6am CST on Wednesday, April 11. Make sure you put a working email address in the “email address” box. I will then use a random tool to randomly pick a random winner from amongst the random list of comments.

Whether you win or almost-win [see what I did there?], you should buy a copy of Empty Promises today.

Happy Tuesday, y’all. [And I know what you are wondering, and yes- I’m totally going to take Pete’s son up on his offer to go see Hunger Games.]

78 comments

  1. ~VA~
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 5:39 AM  |  reply

    That book sounds awesome. I want to read it!

  2. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 6:09 AM  |  reply

    Yes, please.

  3. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 6:15 AM  |  reply

    I promise I’ll read the book and then pass it along to someone else.

  4. Face
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 7:06 AM  |  reply

    If I win this book, it will officially make him an internationally known author. So forget ‘fair’ and just send me the free copy.

  5. Christy Peevy
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 7:44 AM  |  reply

    comment, comment, comment, comment. Does that work?

  6. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 7:50 AM  |  reply

    I will read and recommend!

  7. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 7:59 AM  |  reply

    I would love to read this book; but first I have a friend who is struggling right now and I’ve give it to her first!

  8. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 8:06 AM  |  reply

    I’m in need of a good book…

  9. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 8:30 AM  |  reply

    I have many, many empty promises that I’m battling against, so yes I would def read this book!! :)

    • Annie
      posted on Apr 11, 2012 at 1:46 PM  |  reply

      Congrats, Jill!! You are the winner! Check your inbox for a message from me so we can get your address!

      Woot.

      • posted on Apr 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM  |  reply

        Aw man!! I’m Jill #9. Jill #7 is up there. :( But I’m happy for her because her name is Jill. :)

  10. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 8:33 AM  |  reply

    Sounds good! A little too good. Like “this is gonna hurt” good. Goooood.

  11. Kym
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 8:38 AM  |  reply

    Plan B changed my life. I’m ready to take on Empty Promises!

  12. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 8:50 AM  |  reply

    I not only promise to read it, I promise to share with a BUNCH of people in Beijing. I’m known for lending books out left and right to people. Really, truly :)

  13. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 9:00 AM  |  reply

    Annie,
    I really want to read this book! Thanks so much to you (and Pete) for giving it away!

  14. amy griffith
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 9:23 AM  |  reply

    sounds awesome.

  15. Molly
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 9:27 AM  |  reply

    Yes, I’ve been waiting for this book to come out! His first was great, and have given multiple copies away as gifts! Pete is such a stand up guy!

  16. karen r
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 9:37 AM  |  reply

    I LOVED his first book. I so want to read this one. I think he has an amazing message to share. If I ever get to Nashville I am going to visit the church too.

  17. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 9:39 AM  |  reply

    If Annie says it’s so good I’m gonna puke; then I’m in! Definitely wanna win a good book! Thanks Annie!

  18. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 9:43 AM  |  reply

    I saw that this was coming out and I must say,I’d love to read it. So thanks for this opportunity and if I almost win I’ll be sure to read it as well :-)

  19. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 9:52 AM  |  reply

    I will read and recommend this book, and that is no empty promise….ahhh, see what I did there???

  20. Em
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 9:53 AM  |  reply

    If I win I will most definetly read it. And since u said it is an awesome book I am going to let somebody else read it :)

  21. Kristin
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 9:54 AM  |  reply

    Wow. “that longing”… I’ve got it. Can’t wait to read this book and share it with my friends! After that trailer I’m getting it whether I win or not… Winning would just save me having to go to my car, dig around and find my debit card. :)

  22. lil_lyndie
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 9:54 AM  |  reply

    I have a friend and I call her my Jericho…there are such huge walls built up around her heart that all I can do is march around declaring the presence of God and shouting trying to see the walls shake just a smidge…she believes, she pursues these empty promises. She won’t accept forgiveness cause it scalds her that she will never be “enough”–good enough, perfect enough, sinless enough to earn…I try to teach her grace…but that is a lesson only she can learn. I will read this book, I will live His Word, and I will pray she will pick it up even before I do.

  23. Deborah
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 9:57 AM  |  reply

    Oh, this sounds awesome. I would love to read this and I’m in need of a new book! :-)

  24. Jennifer Fletcher
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:12 AM  |  reply

    I’m in. I watch Cross Point on line. Pete always has a ‘true’ message for me. I’d love to read his book Thank you. :)

  25. JENN GARCIA
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM  |  reply

    I promise i’ll read it! And I promise you’ll love The Hunger Games.

  26. Amy
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM  |  reply

    I’d like to read it!

  27. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM  |  reply

    I DO want to read it! :)

  28. Sarah
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:41 AM  |  reply

    Oh I love this blog. I want to read his book! Or ill just snag it from you during a small group meeting :) Just kidding. i hope the random tool picks me. i love that man.

  29. Laura
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:46 AM  |  reply

    i SERIOUSLY want to read this book. Please random tool, be kind and pick me. or i’ll just go buy it. so there.

  30. Megan
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM  |  reply

    Pete is coming to speak at my school later this month. I’d love to read his book before he comes. (:

  31. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:58 AM  |  reply

    This book definitely sounds worthwhile. Sign me up! :)

  32. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM  |  reply

    I learned about Cross Point from Acuff’s blog and have really enjoyed the podcasts of Pete’s messages. God is doing something special with him up there and I think you are lucky to have him. I didn’t read his first book but I think I will check them both out.

  33. Beth Current
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM  |  reply

    I am really intrigued by what I have read so far and will absolutely read this book, and recommend it to MANY people!! I hope I am RANDOMLY chosen to receive Pete’s book!!
    Thanks

  34. JennAynn
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM  |  reply

    Would love to read this book. Sounds interesting.

  35. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM  |  reply

    A new book to read? very cool! And it’s on a subject that I have been studying and wrestling with these last few months. Would love to read it!

  36. Emily
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM  |  reply

    I would SO love to read this book; more importantly, I have a great friend who would really benefit from reading this, and I’d definitely give it to him to read!

  37. Ina
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 12:21 PM  |  reply

    I have friends that come to my house to raid my bookshelves, so yes, sharing a good book is guaranteed. Thanks!

  38. Angela
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 12:27 PM  |  reply

    You said it so well… “Annie, if I win this book, I promise I’ll read it. And then I’ll tell someone else to read it too.”

  39. Kristinia
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM  |  reply

    Sounds like a great book and something I need to read and then pass along!!

  40. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 1:14 PM  |  reply

    looking forward to reading it!!

  41. Deanna
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM  |  reply

    Sounds fabulous! Can’t wait to read it.

  42. Dana
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 1:28 PM  |  reply

    I loved his other book, so I can’t wait to read this one.

  43. R
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 2:03 PM  |  reply

    I’d give it first to my sister… she needs it this very moment.

  44. Michelle Taylor
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 2:15 PM  |  reply

    looking forward to the journey this book will unfold for my heart, soul & mind – can’t wait…

  45. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 2:45 PM  |  reply

    Annie, If I win this book, I promise you I will read every page! Sounds awesome and very timely for this girl.

  46. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 3:06 PM  |  reply

    yes please!

  47. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 4:06 PM  |  reply

    Promise I will read it. For realsies.

  48. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 4:41 PM  |  reply

    I will, of course, read it if I win. And since recommending books is one of my favorite things, I’ll tell my friends to read it, too.

  49. Gabrielle
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 5:11 PM  |  reply

    If I win this book I promise to read it outdoors while sipping a glass of cold lemonade this summer!

  50. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 5:14 PM  |  reply

    If I win this book, I promise to read it and recommend it to a friend!

  51. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 5:32 PM  |  reply

    This book sounds so good. I’d really like to read it!I promise to share it round my book group too!

  52. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 5:45 PM  |  reply

    I would absolutely love to read this book, and after it knocks my socks of, I will let it blow a friend’s mind as well!

  53. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 7:17 PM  |  reply

    Oooh!! Pick me! Pick me! This looks like a good one!

  54. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 7:20 PM  |  reply

    Ooo, ooo, randomly pick me! I promise to read it and recommend it to my friends :)

  55. Kelsey
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM  |  reply

    Sweet! It’s so nice to hear you promote other authors too. I love reading and telling others about great books!

  56. Jocelyn
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 7:58 PM  |  reply

    Lurker turned commentor here because I like reading good books and the fun of unexpectedly winning! :-) :-)

  57. emily
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 8:05 PM  |  reply

    cannot wait to read it!

  58. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 8:08 PM  |  reply

    I’m sold! I’d love to win this book.

  59. Allison A.
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 8:14 PM  |  reply

    I would love to read and pass it along.

  60. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM  |  reply

    I want to read it! And then let all my friends borrow it :)

  61. Tiphanie
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM  |  reply

    I read Plan B and loved it. Can’t wait to read this one!

  62. Kace L.
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 8:33 PM  |  reply

    If I win this book, you can bet my grandpa’s false teeth that I will read this and share it with my friends! Your book “From Head to Foot” changed my life. If you are recommending “Empty Promises” I know that it is wonderful!

    Go Dawgs :)

  63. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 8:37 PM  |  reply

    Definitely will read. And ponder. And consider. And pray. And share.

    Thanks for the kind opportunity!

  64. Megan
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 9:33 PM  |  reply

    I promise to move this book ahead of the 3 others I want to read. I’ll read it earnestly and pass it right along!

  65. Melly
    posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 9:52 PM  |  reply

    Sounds like a great book that I’d love to read! Thanks for the entry!

  66. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:34 PM  |  reply

    Booyah! Pick me, random number generator!

  67. posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 11:12 PM  |  reply

    Plan B is by FAR one of my favorite books ever, and i’ve read it SEVERAL times since it came out. Pete is such an awesome writer and i cannot WAIT to read Empty Promises and tell everyone i know about it!

  68. Libby
    posted on Apr 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM  |  reply

    Annie, if I win this book, I promise I’ll read it and lend it to my friends too :)

  69. posted on Apr 11, 2012 at 12:32 AM  |  reply

    I would absolutely LOVE to read this book.

  70. posted on Apr 11, 2012 at 5:48 AM  |  reply

    I’m sure I would do a lot of highlighting in this book!

  71. Erin
    posted on Apr 11, 2012 at 6:58 AM  |  reply

    This sounds great Annie!

  72. posted on Apr 11, 2012 at 7:15 AM  |  reply

    Listen, if you recommend it, I *know* it’ll be good :) Fingers crossed!

  73. Jenny Owen
    posted on Apr 11, 2012 at 8:22 AM  |  reply

    If I win this book I’ll read it and give it to two friends (I’ll buy another) and they’ll give it to two friends and so on and so on…..thanks for sharing!

  74. Kim
    posted on Apr 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM  |  reply

    Is it too late? What a pwerful message! I struggle with the money. I have a child going to college and one in high school and a 9 year old. I need money, but when is it enough. I am a stay at home mom….

  75. Katelin
    posted on Apr 11, 2012 at 1:15 PM  |  reply

    I promise to read the book and will definitely pass it on for others to read :)

  76. Sharliss Arnold
    posted on Apr 11, 2012 at 1:39 PM  |  reply

    Hi Annie, I want this book because I lead a group of 10 ladies who need this book in their lives. I would love to receive the free one because I intend to purchase the others for them as a gift when we break for the summer. Thanks.

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