I am a huge Groeschel fan. I have read most of his books, and have enjoyed each one of them. His books are inspiring, challenging, and encouraging. Altar Ego is no exception. Altar Ego is a book about becoming who God says you are. The book is all about who we are in Christ and living with that new identity. The book is divided into three parts.
The first part is entitled, “Sacrificing your False Self for Your Sacred Identity in Christ.” Pastor Craig challenges the reader to go beyond who you think you are. He inspires the reader to understand that God is greater than your past. God is greater than even what you think about yourself. You must be willing to let go of who you think you are into becoming who God intends for you to be.
The second part is entitled, “Sacrificing Cultural Relativity for Eternal Values.” This section totally challenged me! Craig is motivational, but not to the point of the “feel good” theology that does not deal with sin. He challenges the reader to live with patience, integrity, honor, and gratitude. The section that stuck out to me the most was the section challenging the reader to live with integrity. Integrity is who you are while your reputation is what others think you are. You can have a good reputation, but terrible integrity. This section is challenging and allows you to look deep into who you are in hopes that you are living out the identity that God desires for you.
The third and final part is entitled, “Sacrificing Self-Justification for Passionate Obedience.” This section is about being bold for God.Be bold in your behavior, your prayer life, your conversation, and your obedience. Pastor Craig uses personal transparent illustrations that grasps your attention, and speaks directly to you. You will end this section with a motivation to leave and be bold in all areas of your life for God.
I highly recommend this book. Pastor Craig is the best story-teller out there in my opinion. He uses illustrations of himself (humorous and serious) to drive his point home. Then, he hits you between the eye. Throughout this book, I was having to stop and examine myself to change into the person God desires for me to be.
About Craig: Craig is the Senior Pastor for LifeChurch.tv and provides leadership and guidance for the church as a whole. Following a vision God gave Craig for a different kind of church, he and a handful of people launched LifeChurch.tv in 1996.