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.]