Altar Ego by Craig Groeschel is a book about becoming who you are in Christ, followed by an exhortation to live out that new identity.
Groeschel is relentlessly positive about our new identity, but not in a worldly boost-your-self-esteem kind of way. He is honest about sin and the need to “put to death the old self” as Paul might say. In your sin, you are not who you are supposed to be, but you can be made new in Christ. And when you are, it’s all about God’s work in you for His glory.
“Once you know who you are,” Groeschel says in a common refrain, “you’ll know what to do.” “What to do” means living a life of counter-cultural virtue (patience, integrity, honor, and gratitude) and uncommon boldness.
I recommend this book especially for younger Christians or young adults in general. There isn’t much that is “new” in this book, per se, but it is a good commentary on, and guide to, Christian living. I also appreciated Groeschel’s candor and transparency. His stories were often amusing, and always self-reflective. His vulnerability will open up the reader to a life of greater self-reflection and honesty about sin.
Finally, I appreciate its corrective to a culture that glorifies who we are in nature (often glorifying our sin), not with a strong negative attack, but by pointing us to who we can be when we are made new in Christ.
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