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Confessions of a Pastor: Adventures in Dropping the Pose and Getting Real with God Hardcover – September 30, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah; 1st edition (September 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590527208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590527207
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Craig Groesche l is the founding and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv, one of the country's first multi-campus churches, with thirty-seven weekly worship experiences at nine locations. Craig, his wife, Amy, and their six children live in the Edmond, Oklahoma, area where LifeChurch.tv began in 1996. Craig and Amy's passion, to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ, is the driving force behind his down-to-earth teaching that touches thousands of people weekly. Craig earned his BA in marketing from Oklahoma City University and his MDiv from Phillips Theological Seminary.

More About the Author

Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv. Meeting in multiple locations around the United States, and globally at Church Online, LifeChurch.tv 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, LifeChurch.tv develops and shares resources and applications with churches worldwide.

Craig, his wife, Amy, and their six children live in the Edmond, Oklahoma area where LifeChurch.tv 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.

Customer Reviews

I am not much of a reader but found this book very easy to read.
Amy Mainprize
Craig Groeschel writes with brutal honesty and, at times, when reading his book I felt like it was a mirror of my life.
God Reader
This book is a quick read (I read it in one day) and it is authentic.
Heather Zempel

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Randy Rice on November 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'm not using "rant" in a bad context, but this was my thought as I read Craig's confession in the first chapter about not liking a lot of Christians. Some people may find the candid comments about how we Christians can appear to non-believers (especially how Christians come across on the "Bad Preaching Channel"), but it's time to take an honest look at ourselves through a pastor's eyes. I've read a lot of Christian books and in most of them the writers took great care not to be controversial. However, I think this book reflects the same attitude of Jesus that caused him to upset the merchants' tables in the temple. Once you start reading this, the passionate message makes it hard to put down. This book is a must-read for Christians to get one pastor's perspective about the Church, but more importantly to learn about his own inner struggles. The ultimate things I took away from this great book are that 1) my pastor is not some guy in a lofty place that has it all together, and 2) he tells how he deals with the very same struggles that the rest of us experience, such as fear of failure, sexual temptation and setting the right priorities.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Heather Zempel on March 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The more I read from Craig Groeschel, the more I like him. I read Chazown about a year ago, so I was thrilled when I got Confessions of a Pastor. This book is a quick read (I read it in one day) and it is authentic. Craig tells it like it is and doesn't hold back. He's a real guy sharing his real struggles, hopes, failures, and victories, and that's why I identify with him. But more importantly, he shoots straight about what God expects of us. That's why I like him.

Revolving around 10 confessions, this pastor of LifeChurch.tv pours out his own struggles and challenges all of us to stop hiding behind spiritual masks and start becoming the people God has created us to be. I wasn't really blown away by the book, and I didn't make many underlines or comments in the margin (which is typically an indication that I've really enjoyed the book). However, the author invites us into his life in a way that is simultaneously grace-giving, truth-giving, and challenging. Reading this book was more like an honest conversation with a friend than a lecture of important details to remember or a set of pithy sound-bytes to highlight and live by.

Personally, I found the chapters on loneliness, inadequacy, and criticism particularly helpful.

One of the quotes that I identified with the most was, "I had become a full-time minister and a part-time follower of Christ."

I was expecting this book to be written primarily to pastors. While it certainly comes from a pastoral perspective and highlights some of the unique challenges that pastors face, this book shoots straight to everyone-- pastors, lay leaders, and committed Christ-followers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By God Reader on January 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In this age of "superstar" pastors who appear larger than life it is refreshing to hear the perspective of a man who sounds just like me!

We need to remember that our pastors are sinful, fallen men with the same frustrations, struggles and sins that we all have--they just have to do a better job of hiding it.

Craig Groeschel writes with brutal honesty and, at times, when reading his book I felt like it was a mirror of my life. Thanks to him for being so transparent and open about his struggles. My faith was strengthened by reading his book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JoeyRocket on May 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was looking for a book to use in my introductory pastoral counselling course. The kind of book I needed was one that would challenge students to be in touch with humanity. One that would help them be authentic people who could have the empathy needed for counselling. I certianly found that in this book and so much more... it ended up challenging me and doing more good for me than I expected. I started reading it and couldn't put it down. It's so down-to-earth and practical. The author is talking to the reader as to a friend. It's a definite book for church leaders today!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Marie on January 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Groeschel's ability to set the reader at ease is the really amazing aspect of this book. You never feel preached at or even talked at but instead, you feel as though you're sitting down with an old friend who has some stuff to get off his chest.

I think we all have a tendency to deify individuals in positions of leadership, especially spiritual, and I think this book does a wonderful job of revealing that everyone is imperfect and that we all struggle, no matter our maturity level or even the amount of wisdom we have.

The best part, though, is the passion aspect. This book is dripping with passion for God and passion to help people. That's what makes this book and probably Craig's church so successful: fervent love of Christ and for people.

This book is deep, intense, profound and a seriously discipleship-altering book.

Will change how you view pastors and how you view interacting with them!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Trimmer on May 6, 2007
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I loved this book from beginning to end. I can't believe the kind of guts this guy has to admit where he's really at. There's nothing more refreshing in our day and age of often superficial church culture than authenticity. Groeschel is if nothing else definitely honest and authentic in this book. I identified with him page after page on many things I haven't ever fully acknowledged to anyone else before. It's great to know I'm not the only weird guy in the world, and that there's even hope for me as well.

This book was filled with really funny humor, painful honesty, and genuine redemption. The stories and examples Craig uses in this book are fantastic. I still have trouble believing some of those stories are actually real. This book is great for both occupational and non-occupational ministers. I had a great time reading it, as did the rest of my church's staff.
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