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Altar Ego: Becoming Who God Says You Are [Kindle Edition]

Craig Groeschel
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Book Description

You are NOT who you think you are. In fact, according to bestselling author Craig Groeschel in Altar Ego, you need to take your idea of your own identity, lay it down on the altar, and sacrifice it. Give it to God. Offer it up.

Why? Because you are who GOD says you are. And until you’ve sacrificed your broken concept of your identity, you won’t become who you are meant to be.

When we place our false labels and self-deception on the altar of God’s truth, we discover who we really are as his sons and daughters. Instead of an outward-driven, approval-based ego, we learn to live with an “altar” ego, God’s vision of who we are becoming.

Discover how to trade in your broken ego and unleash your altar ego to become a living sacrifice. Once we know our true identity and are growing in our Christ-like character, then we can behave accordingly, with bold behavior, bold prayers, bold words, and bold obedience.

Altar Ego reveals who God says you are, and then calls you to live up to it.

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About the Author

Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of, 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1154 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310333717
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (February 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,820 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Know who you are ... Know what to do March 17, 2013
"When you know who you are, you'll know what to do," says Craig Groeschel . He not only states that as the theme in Altar Ego, he shows how such a statement can be lived in becoming who God says you are. Part of the challenge is laying down our own wrong self images and picking up God's image, your "Altar Ego". Yes, your ego may need to be altered, but that happens at God's altar, not the world's.

Craig in his usual humorous, transparent, conversational way lays out this tremendous gift of seeing who you are from God's point of view, and taking up your new identity in Christ. Altar Ego is more than getting a good self-image, it is discovering your God-given Christ image of your life.

The book is laid in 3 parts:

1. Sacrificing Your False Self for Your Sacred Identity in Christ

This section featured my favorite chapter in the book -- Chapter 2: You are God's Masterpiece. Working from Ephesians 2, Craig says, "The way God made you is not by chance or accident. You are divinely inspired." Your life is a work made by God through the gift of His Son Jesus.

Or this quote, "If you don't know the purpose of your life, all you can do is misuse it." God has a better plan, a greater purpose, that is found in God's Word, in God's presence, in the power of God's spirit at work in one's life.

2. Sacrificing Cultural Relativity for Eternal Values

Here Craig looks at living life with patience, integrity, honor and gratitude. Though I know the value of these 4 in living life, Craig painted a picture of how to take some next steps in my life to give greater honor, to lift up the value of gratitude. For example, I knew that honor means to consider something or someone valuable or "weighty" in your life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ego Altared. April 5, 2013
Altar Ego by Craig Groeschel is a great book. I have come to have a love hate relationship with his books. I love to read them and always come away closer to God. AMEN!! I know that's his goal. But my toes hurt.. every time.. Altar Ego is about "Becoming Who God Says You Are." I admit, I like saying I want to be the person God wants me to be, but I don't always want to A) trust God to help me be that person or B)Accept that that person is better than the person I think I want to be. Groeschel addresses insecurity, inadequacy, and more.. One of the things that I appreciate about all of Groeschel's books is his honesty. He admits that he still struggles with doing the right thing sometimes. He admits that he depends on his wife and friends to help him be strong and be bold. "Bold actions are born of bold beliefs".. .. I'm a valuable child of God and I know who I am.. It's time for me to be BOLD.. What about you?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Altar Ego April 11, 2013
In Alter Ego: Becoming Who God Says You Are author Craig Groeschel challenges his readers to be the person God means them to be. Groeschel breaks Alter Ego into three main sections: "Sacrificing Your False Self for Your Sacred Identity in Christ", " Sacrificing Cultural Relativity for Eternal Values", and "Sacrificing Self-Justification for Passionate Obedience". The first section outlines how to overcome one's self image and the expectations of others to become God's ambassador. The second discusses living with values like patience and honor. And the final outlines being bold in one's true identity in words and deeds.

The book is easy to read with Groeschel providing an easy to access writing style. His use of stories helps show he is a skilled preacher who is familiar with weaving personal anecdotes in and out of teachings. The content itself will be familiar to those who read Christian Living books, with chapters on prayer and reorienting self around God's images of you. Alter Ego is probably best suited to a new Christian or one that has shown interest in further exploring their identity in Christ. For those who have explored life with Christ in depth before the text would most likely serve as reinforcement of truth and opportunities to gather new examples of those truths.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed April 11, 2014
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For someone who has always said "I need to find myself" this was really eye opening. I never thought "I was already who God made me" It has changed the way I look at myself. Though it will be a journey to understand and see who I have always been through God's eyes, since for so long I've looked at it like everyone else, I'm excited to now be on the right path.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful April 4, 2013
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Because I had lots of labels place on me, this was a refreshing read to see things more clearly from God's perspective. It had some humor but it was right on and I appreciated the opportunity to get some wisdom and understanding regarding my past.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally new creation February 5, 2014
By Andrej
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Groeschel offers clear, practical and down to earth explanation of what it means to be changed by Christ. Christians often forget the effect of their old nature and get used to the world around them. This book definitely catches the main aspects that are different between the old man in new man in Christ. Loved it. Totally helpful. A great guide for practical daily life. Every believer should read it and live by the biblical principles exposed here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read!
Published 18 days ago by Dave Bowering
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!!!
Really amazing book. It acts as a guide for living a Christian life. Some parts I had to read again and will probably read again.
Published 19 days ago by CC
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I would have liked more Scripture quoted. But also took away some meaningful insight.
Published 22 days ago by Lenny
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Great eye opening to an understanding of gods love for us all. Wrote in words easily understood. Very life changing thank you
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing
Craig is refreshingly honest and on spot with his philosophy, his heart is right where it needs to be in order to paint us a mental picture that hits home. Life changing book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book. thought invoking
Combining stories from his personal life as well as biblical text, Craig Groeschel does a brilliant job of teaching would be followers of Christ to break the cycle if sin they live... Read more
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Published 2 months ago by Michael gaskins
5.0 out of 5 stars very Encouraging
This is a wonderful book for those needing a reminder of their identity in Christ. You are not who you think you are or who others say you are. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amy Gaddis
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
Very interesting...haven't finished it yet, though
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More About the Author

Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of Meeting in multiple locations around the United States, and globally at Church Online, is known for the innovative use of technology to spread the Gospel.

With a passion for serving the Church and partnering to reach people for Christ, develops and shares resources and applications with churches worldwide.

Craig, his wife, Amy, and their six children live in the Edmond, Oklahoma area where began in 1996. He speaks at conferences worldwide and has written several books, including his recent release: The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living As If He Doesn't Exist.

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