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Inspirational leader Craig Groeschel presents a challenge to trade in your broken ego and let God reveal your true identity
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Craig Groeschel uses the twisted misspellings of his title ‘Altar Ego’ to reveal how we so often strive to appear successful and confident… but can’t quite pull it off – because it’s not true. And how we build an outward that masks the truth of our lost, broken and confused sense of who we really are. And all because we try to be what others and the world want us to be, and not what God made and dearly wants us to be… our true selves in Him.
Encouraging you to let go of the distorted picture of who you think you are, Groeschel helps you find and understand your real identity in Christ, allowing Jesus' character to transform you, grow you in spiritual boldness, and mature you in who God created you to be.
Most of us get diverted from our true identity into seeking the approval of others – becoming what they want us to be In Altar Ego, author Craig Groeschel shows you have to escape from an imposed identity based on accomplishments and possessions, turning instead to God for a true sense of themselves. Going to the altar of God's truth and pursuing his higher he shows that your worth is not based on your opinion of yourself, you are valuable because God says you are His.
You are not your past. You are not what you did. You are not who others say you are. You are who Christ says you are. Altar Ego will help you throw off the old, unhealthy, untrue, and unbiblical thoughts about yourself and introduce you to your altar-ego -who you are in Christ.
Altar Ego by Craig Groeschel was published by Zondervan in February 2013 and is our 21038th best seller. The ISBN for Altar Ego is 9780310336099.
"…In Altar Ego, Craig Groeschel reminds us that our true identity is found in Christ, not the stuff or people we keep piled up around us." -Dave Ramsey, New York Times bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio host.
"To be who God wants us to be and live as God wants us to live we have to know who God says that we are. This is a practical book to help you understand who you are which will then transform all you do." -Mark Driscoll, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church.
"As a Christian it's easy to slip into the place where our walk with God gets reduced to a label, a lingo, and a lifestyle. Altar Ego will rattle loose the chains of complacency to help us believe with more faith and pray with more boldness." -Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times best-selling author of Made to Crave and Unglued.
"If you've ever struggled with your purpose in life and aren't sure where to turn next, Altar Ego is for you. So many times we search for our value outside of God's domain. We find value in our accomplishments, our beauty or our status..." -John C. Maxwell, author, speaker and leadership expert.
"… Craig Groeschel, calls us to an honest, transformational relationship with Jesus Christ. It is all about Him and who He made us to be for His glory. Read and apply the truths of this book to your life." -Dr. James MacDonald, senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel and author of Vertical Church.
"Nobody has made a deeper imprint on my life than Craig Groeschel... Altar Ego gives you the opportunity to get to know the same Craig Groeschel that I am blessed to know. And to know him is to be challenged to lay aside your old life - and take on the character of Christ." -Steven Furtick, lead pastor of Elevation Church and New York Times best-selling author of Greater.
"Most all of us would like to change a few things about our lives, but Craig helps us understand that we can't have a new life until we have a new identity in Christ. Once we let Jesus tell us who we are, it changes what we do." -Kyle Idleman, best-selling author of Not a Fan.
"…Your ego is Edging God Out and you are on your own trying to figure everything out yourself. His new book, Altar Ego, will help you move from Edging God Out to Exalting God Only - and what a difference that will make in helping you become who you were meant to be. Thanks, Craig - you're the best. God bless." -Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One Minute Manager and Lead Like Jesus.
"…In his new book Altar Ego, Craig Groeschel uses his life experience to teach you how to overcome the person you think you are and become the person God called you to be. Read this book and start your journey to fulfilling God's purpose for your life!" -Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor of Free Chapel, New York Times best-selling author of Fasting.
"…Craig Groeschel does an amazing job of opening our eyes to the reality that we are not who others say we are but rather who God says we are, which really does unleash us to live a life that is filled with freedom and joy rather than guilt and worry!" -Perry Noble, senior pastor of NewSpring Church, author of Unleash.
"…In Altar Ego, Craig inspires and coaches us to sacrifice the unhealthy self-images we have so carefully crafted for ourselves so that we may unleash our true, God-given identities." -Tony Morgan, author, leadership coach and consultant, TonyMorganLive.com
"Craig Groeschel's Altar Ego is one of those rare books that God uses to flat out change your life. You are not who you think you are. You are who God says you are!" -Kerry Shook, founding pastor of Woodlands Church in Houston, Texas, and best-selling co-author of One Month to Live and Love at Last Sight.
"Craig Groeschel compels us to look inside and consider who we are, and who God is, so that we can live more grounded, spiritually healthy lives. Altar Ego is a profound book we all need to reflect on." -Jud Wilhite, senior pastor of Central Christian Church, author of Pursued.
"None of us is who we want to be. When you look in the mirror, are you disappointed in the face staring back at you? If so, I hope you'll read this book. Stop worrying about the person you are not and begin to live in the reality of who God says you already are!" -Greg Surratt, lead pastor of Seacoast Church, author of Ir-Rev-Rend.
"…If you have ever desired to be all God intends for you to be you need to read Altar Ego: Becoming Who God Says You Are." -Dave Ferguson, lead pastor of Community Christian Church, spiritual entrepreneur of NewThing, author of Exponential and Discover Your Mission Now.
"…Altar Ego helped me redirect my gaze so I could see the truth about what's going on inside me. I'm not yet who I'm supposed to be, but Altar Ego filled me with hope that I can become who I was meant to be." -Mark Beeson, founding pastor of Granger Community Church.
"Our culture is in a state of identity crisis… Through this book, I feel you'll discover your altar ego, discard all the lies you've believed about yourself and start becoming the person you were meant to be." -Robert Morris, senior pastor of Gateway Church, best-selling author of The Blessed Life, From Dream to Destiny and The God I Never Knew.
"For anyone like me who fights to ground my identity on an unshakeable foundation and let go of the lust for approval, this book provides a solid centring, a Scriptural perspective, and an honest voice." -Nancy Beach, lead coaching associate at Slingshot Group.
"In Altar Ego, Pastor Craig shows us how we can discover our true identity in Christ in a way that empowers us to live our God-given purpose and fulfil His destiny for our lives. As a huge fan of Craig Groeschel's writing, I'd have to say this is his best work yet!" -Pastor Bil Cornelius, founding pastor of Bay Area Fellowship, author of I Dare You to Change.
In Altar Ego, Craig Groeschel, warns that Christians today are facing an identity crisis that we never even noticed happening. Confusion is now so great that sometimes we just don’t know who we are – let alone what we’re supposed to be. In this book and in the supporting DVD based study course the pastor, leader and principle voice of America’s second largest church, shows how and why should stop deceiving ourselves.
Sharing the secrets of the life-altering freedom you can feel and own when you let God solve your identity crisis, Craig is clear when he draws on his own experience and says: "You are not yet who you are supposed to be. The day I realized this truth was the day that changed my life."
Constantly prompting self inspection and response, the author leads you to ask of yourself: "Who am I?" If the answer that comes to your mind is anything but "a child of God," then Craig insists that not only are we wrongly identifying ourselves, we are missing out on the freedom of our true identity in Christ, and the joy of understanding and pursuing our real life-fulfilling purpose.
Craig Groeschel writes: "As you discover your true identity in Christ, your ‘altar ego’ will drive your actions, empowering you to live according to God's higher values, not according to the lower values of this world," In his bright yellow book, Groeschel helps readers recognize their false identity and sets them on the right path away from their lukewarm, dissatisfied sense of self to an affirmed, power filled new identity in union with Christ.
Then, when you know who you are, you'll live with a deep confidence in God's calling. Rather than living in a timid, half-hearted, shallow cultural Christianity, you'll boldly live in the confidence of the God who believes in you." With this new, Christ-like identity you can claim and experience the freedom to live boldly.
Showing the power of this new identity, Groeschel tells his own transformational story from and how, assured in the discovery of his real identity and purpose in union with God, he was set free and empowered to become the pastor of the second-largest church in the US. This isn’t Craif boasting, this is a restored human being realising that he wasn’t the person he thought he was and was wholly dissatisfied with. The pathway to a true sense of self is open to all and a necessary route for all Christians who would find their own worth in Christ: "You are not who you think you are. You are not who others say you are. You are who God says you are."
Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv, a pace-setting multicampus church and creators of the popular and free YouVersion Bible App. He is the author of several books including Soul Detox, Weird, The Christian Atheist and It. Craig, his wife, Amy, and their six children live in Edmond, Oklahoma.
In ‘Altar Ego’ Craig Groeschel reveals why we so often struggle to be what others and the world want us to be, and not what God made us - and dearly wants us to be - our true selves in Him. Encouraging you to let go of the distorted picture of who you think you are, ‘Altar Ego’ helps you throw off the old, unhealthy, untrue, and unbiblical opinions you might have about yourself and sets you free to find and understand your real identity in Christ. By allowing Jesus' character to transform you, grow you in spiritual boldness, and mature you as the person God created you to be. You’ll discover that your true worth isn’t about your past, isn’t about what you did or about what others say about you. You are valuable because God says you are His.
|Author / Artist||Craig Groeschel|
|Publisher||Zondervan (February 2013)|
|Number of Pages||240|
|Page last updated||14th July 2018|