- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Multnomah; 1st edition (September 30, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590527208
- ISBN-13: 978-1590527207
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As with all Craig Groeschel books you can't go wrong, the man is an fantastic writer, teacher, mentor!Published 7 months ago by Madmanami
Craig is so honest and transparent. He is funny while teaching his life lessons. A great read!Published 17 months ago by Rio Rancho Kid
Best book I've read by Craig Groeschel. I don't recall another book I have related to like this one. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Greg Shive
Excellent book, every Christian should read...Complete honesty & truth makes great leaders & true followers of Christ! No more faking it!!!Published on February 6, 2014 by Wendy Wilson
Pages were torn, book had writing on it in sharpie. I purchased the book as a gift, but couldn't give it because of the condition. Very disappointing.Published on January 10, 2013 by AmazonWoman28
This is my first book i read from Groeschel. It was great, he's very open which really helps to relate!Published on December 20, 2012 by Trent A. Shivley
This was great but, this is the exact same book that I had bought previously. This book called Dare to Dope the Pose is the same book with a different cover, so I was a really... Read morePublished on May 12, 2012 by Chris