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Altar Ego by Craig Groeschel

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This new book from Pastor Craig Groeshel of, is a wake-up call for Christians everywhere.  He reminds every believer in Christ that 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 do this 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.


Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

“Faith filled-attitudes lead to faith-filled actions. Godly beliefs lead to godly behavior.”

“Not only will God give you a new name and a new purpose, but by his grace and through his love, he will give you a new future.”

“As Christ’s ambassador, you were not elected by people, but you were chosen and appointed by God.”

“We sacrifice our selfish, deceitful, ego driven impulses on the altar of truth so that our behavior reflects God’s righteousness. Integrity starts on the inside out, not the outside in.”

“Self-control often unlocks the door to blessings that are longer lasting and more meaningful. Patience comes from knowing you already have enough of what you need the most.”

“If we look in Scripture, we discover that our ability to honor other people reflects not only how we see them but how we see ourselves – and God.”

“Gratitude kills pride. Gratitude slays self-Sufficiency. Gratitude crushes the spirit of entitlement. When we place our discontented egos on the altar of gratitude, we develop contented altar egos filled with thanksgiving.”

“So often fear keeps our egos front and center and in need of reassurance from other people or from our possessions or titles. But when we lay our egos on the altar of belief, our altar egos become liberated to live by faith and not by fear.”

“As we explore what it means to sacrifice our egos in order to live from our alter egos, we’ve seen that our true nature is to act boldly since boldness is behavior born out of a belief.”

“When you boldly obey, you will face opposition, and it will take faith, and your faith often will be met with God’s miracles.”

This book is a clarion call to every Christian to start living according to your true identity in Jesus Christ.  Pastor Groeshel challenges you to 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 clear that there is no such thing as living the easy life, and emphasizes the biblical mandate for bold living that will often require you to depend on God for miraculous provision to further the 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 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.  To get your own copy of Altar Ego click here now  and start becoming who God says you are today!

By way of disclosure: I received a free review copy of “Altar Ego” By Craig Groeschel in exchange for writing a review—good, bad, or otherwise.

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