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My Beautiful Idol by Pete Gall

Mybeautifulidol_3 As a friend of Pete Gall, I’ve always believed that he was born to write.  I’m glad his first book is on the shelves so you can see what I’ve known for years.

It’ called My Beautiful Idol and you can read samples here…

(Yours truly even has a cameo as Pastor Ellison)

Philip Yancey said this about My Beautiful Idol:


"St. Augustine invented the confessional memoir.  Modern examples are shorter and funnier (think Anne Lamott and Donald Miller).  Now comes Pete Gall, who somehow gathers the messiness of his life into an enduring account, one both poignant and himsical."

Shane Claiborne said:

"My Beautiful Idol is a delicate reminder to denounce all that dazzles that does not look like Jesus.  It is an invitation to say no to all other lovers and counterfeit hopes, and to put our faith in the God that is blessing the most downtrodden people of this world, the Goid whose Gospel is good news to the poor."

With endorsements like that you don’t need mine! 

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posted April 4, 2008 at 12:08 pm

Robert, you’ve put some great material on this site in the past, but this is REALLY GOOD STUFF! Clearly your deep dive into Jazz is refining your tastes even further!
Yesterday I filled out my review/profile at — you’re listed as one of my top influences…which will be less of a surprise to you than will my actually admitting it!
Blessing upon blessing to you, my brother.
(the link to the CBD profile comment is here:

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posted April 6, 2008 at 4:36 pm

When you started the series today on Romans 8:28, I was reminded of a physician that I work with who recently got diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. He is an amazing believer of Jesus Christ and has started a blog. After reading some of his reflections, all I can say is that I want to know Jesus more! I hope you enjoy it!
the web site is

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posted April 7, 2008 at 10:10 am

Thank you brother for letting me know about this book.
I love reading.
I am always praying for you and your ministry.
God bless you this week!
In Him,
Kinney Mabry

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posted April 9, 2008 at 4:56 am

I just received my copy of the book the other day and I’m looking forward to reading it. Pete is a great guy and a really great writer!

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