In my quest to become who God wants me to be, I found this book inspirational to say the least. Craig Groeschel does an excellent job in putting the message there. He's realistic, but down to earth in explaining how to find your path. I would reccomend this book for anyone doubting where they stand with God.
This book is a keeper, and I know I will be referring back to it in the future.
Sacrificing our ego's on the altar of God and learning who we truly are in Christ. The author, Craig was firm about an individual knowing who we are in Christ and not accepting the labels of others. Not to sell yourself or anyone else out to achieve what you want just for a label. In this book are some tough questions that cN not be answer quickly. i call those soul searching. If you ever felt insecure or didn't belong, this is a read for YOU.
"How do we overcome the cultural pull toward immediate ego gratification? We pursue God with all of our hearts until his desires become our desires. "Paul told us to "let the Holy Spirit guide our lives. Then we won't do what our sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires" (Gal. 5:16 - 17 NLT)." Excerpt From: Groeschel, Craig. "Altar Ego." Zondervan, 2013. iBooks.
When we know better prayerfully we will do better. We are to live with patience, integrity, gratitude, showing honor, boldness; by boldly speaking-the Word do God, prayers-without ceasing and obedience-to th will of God). Altar Ego is a swift kick to get us to refocused our life as it is today. Page by page it shows us who we are, so that we will be God's workmanship created in his image.
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Altar Ego by Craig Groeschel is a book about how we are not truly living out who we are called, by Jesus Christ, to be. The biggest issue that is dealt with within this book is the issue of identity. According to Craig we need to lay aside our idea of our identity and place it upon the altar to God and sacrifice it. Craig's thesis seems to be that we cannot fully realize who we are suppose to be, according to God, until we wrestle with and understand that we are his children first and foremost.
I personally have a great respect for Pastor Craig. This is the third or fourth book of his that I have spent time wrestling through. His writing is both deep and practical, making it a great read for people of all theological backgrounds and understandings. This book "Altar Ego" in particular is a read that all of my students need to read. As a youth pastor the biggest thing I am seeing right now is that the understanding of identity is skewed and students are not finding their true identity in Christ, but in other things. And when these other things let them down, as they always do, they are left questioning life and meaning. But if we start with Christ as our definer of identity we will at the end of the day always be alright, because there is nothing that can sway us, not matter how bad because we understand that Christ is holding us.
Not only would I recommend this book to friends, but I am exploring using this book for our high school and middle school small groups this fall.
As books tend to do, "Altar Ego" by Craig Groeschel came at just the right time for me. When I received an email describing the book, I had begun a time of seeking: God, what do you have in store for me? How are you looking to mold and shape me so that I can carry out Your mission? What is my part in Your plan to make Your name great among the nations?
My ego tends to get in the way of a lot of things, but fortunately God has been working on it through the years. So this book was one more step toward my being molded in His image.
The book has three parts:
Part 1: Sacrificing Your False Self for Your Sacred Identity in Christ.
Part 2: Sacrificing Cultural Relativity for Eternal Values.
Part 3: Sacrificing Self-Justification for Passionate Obedience.
Part 1, while completely relevant, seemed like yet one more recitation of things I already knew: "You are God's masterpiece," "You are God's ambassador," etc. I appreciated the lessons but didn't get as much out of it as I did the two other parts.
Even Part 2 was more or less a rehash of a lesson on proper living (things my ego tells me I already have a handle on!). So, again, relevant but not as compelling as Part 3.
I highlighted many passages in all three parts of the book, so it would be unfair to say that only the last section spoke to me.
But finally, in Part 3, the author gets to the meat I'm interested in chewing on: "Bold Behavior," "Bold prayers," "Bold words," "Bold obedience."
And, while I've heard over and over that we are to be bold for Christ (if you don't believe me, read the Book of Acts - 28 chapters of boldness), it's a lesson I can hear every day and not get enough of.
So Part 3 really hit home with me - a challenge to continue building on the foundation God has laid for my life.
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