Altar Ego: Becoming Who God Says You Are
A wake-up call to become who God says you are!
This new book from Pastor Craig Groeshel, is a wake-up call for Christians everywhere. He emphasizes that as believers in Christ we are not supposed to look like or live like the rest of this world, because we are God's ambassadors in this world. And the only way to really be an ambassador is to know and understand your identity in Christ and begin living from that new identity. Living this way requires letting go of any false identity or sense of worth that is untrue or unbiblical and getting rooted in the unshakable truth of what God's Word says about who you really are.
This book is a clarion call to every Christian to start living according to your true identity in Jesus Christ. Pastor Groeshel will challenge you to identify and let go of the false things that give you a sense of security in order to embrace boldness, humility, faithfulness, and truthful living as part of God's kingdom plan for your life. He makes it abundantly clear that there is no such thing as living the easy life, and he emphasizes the biblical mandate for bold living, which will often require you to depend on God for miraculous provision to further the His kingdom in and through your life.
At the end of the day there is no such thing as "safe" Christianity - not only is that a lie, but also it's uninspiring and a so-called Ã¢ÂÂsafeÃ¢ÂÂ life will never change you, nor will it empower you to make a difference with your life. If you're ready to quit trying to find meaning in your life through self-esteem, and start embracing Christ-esteem, then this new book by Craig Groeshel should be on the top of your reading list. Get your own copy of Altar Ego so you can start becoming who God says you are today.
By way of disclosure: I received a free review copy of Ã¢ÂÂAltar EgoÃ¢ÂÂ By Craig Groeschel in exchange for writing a reviewÃ¢ÂÂgood, bad, or otherwise.
May 5, 2013
Good source for practical life applications
Do you know who you are? Are you certain of your identity? Is God really on the throne of your heart or are you worshiping another idol? Is your own ego your god? These questions and more can be answered in "Altar Ego" by Craig Groeschell. So much of our world today places a great deal of emphasis on "self-worth", and for what? Let's be honest, in the grand scheme of things, we have no worth outside of Christ. We are only worthy through Him in the eyes of the Lord. If we are secure in Christ, He will not love us any less, nor will He love us any more. What happens when we understand this intellectually, but do not fully grasp it as a heart belief? It is called an identity crisis. Our quick fix, me-me-me culture demands that we see immediate results. To have an "Atlar Ego" we must first surrender our self-gratifying nature at the foot of the cross and unfortunately this is not a one-time event. It is a life-time process that we must continue to do daily for the rest of our lives. The Bible is full of examples where self came before Christ (e.g. Eve wanted the apple, David wanted the woman, Esau wanted the stew, Judas wanted the money, and the list goes on). Are you selling out your birthright for food, lust, or money? We all sell it out at some point for sin. Craig Groeschell's book will help guide you on a path to develop an "atlar" ego in place of an "alter" ego. Learn how to stop serving the me god and see what it takes to serve the one true God.
April 17, 2013
Craig Groeschel does a wonderful job with 'Altar Ego'.
The concept? Sacrificing our ego's on the altar of God and learning who we truly are in Christ.
As I've read through this book, I've grown to like it more and more. Craig is a real person. He gives it straight and not in a lot of over-spiritual "Pastor talk". He talks about being people of integrity, honoring others (even if we disagree with them), praying bold prayers, and acting in obedience to the callings God gives us.
If you're looking for a an easy read filled with a lot of truth and real life stories that God will use to open your eyes and produce a change in your life, then I suggest you go buy this book! Right. Now. It will encourage you.
March 23, 2013
your identity and life in Christ
Craig writes, Ã¢ÂÂIf you've ever felt insecure, inadequate, or insufficient, this book is for you.Ã¢ÂÂ (9) Where do you get your worth? Do you believe what others say about you or what God says?
Craig wants us to discover how to live with an altar ego Ã¢ÂÂ God's view of us. He helps us find our identity baggage and then see our new identity in Christ.
He shows us specifically who God says we are. We are God's masterpiece. We are overcomers. We are ambassadors.
And when we know our true identity in Christ, it will drive our actions and empower us to live by God's values, not the world's. We are to live with patience, integrity, gratitude, showing honor, boldness Ã¢ÂÂ bold speaking, bold prayers, bold obedience.
Craig does not predict instant results. There will be challenges to overcome. Ã¢ÂÂAlmost everything worthwhile I'm doing today is a result of God helping me to overcome a challenge, a problem, opposition, or my own doubts.Ã¢ÂÂ (59) Nonetheless, Craig reminds us, we are super conquerors in Christ (hupernikao in Rom. 8:37).
Craig double-dog dares us to ask God to use us. He suggests we pray, Ã¢ÂÂLord, use me today, use me for your glory, make me bold, stir me up, give me eyes to see the needs of those I work with, give me a heart sensitive to those who are hurting, give me a prompting of the Spirit to minister to those who are around me.Ã¢ÂÂ (187)
We live in a time when we are urged to be all we can be, But we will never be who we are to be until we die to self and let Christ live in us. Reading Craig's book will help move that process along.
He illustrates his teaching with examples from his life, the lives of others, and from biblical examples.
While this is not an earth shaking book, it is a good book for Christians who want to understand more who they are in Christ and what He calls us to do.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
March 11, 2013