Confessions of a Pastor: Adventures in Dropping the Pose and Getting Real with God

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The Dark Side of a Pastor’s Life—A Breath of Fresh Air

Are you tired of pretending? Living walled up? Going only skin deep? Craig Groeschel , pastor of the thriving LifeChurch.tv, sure was. And in his refreshingly raw and real book, he comes clean. Not that he has anything other than typical, human stuff to confess. Check out a few of his musings: I have to work hard to stay sexually pure, I hate prayer meetings, sometimes I doubt God , and I can’t stand a lot of Christians . ...

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2006-09-30 Hardcover Brand NEW copy! in New jacket New hardcover with dustjacket book copy of Confessions of a Pastor: Adventures in Dropping the Pose and Getting Real with God ... by Craig Groeschel. From the dustjacket: Why do we fake it so much? Why do we spend so much time trying to please everyone else and make so little effort trying to please God? When Craig Groeschel asked himself those questions, he couldn't come uup with a good answer. So one day he decided to drop the act and start getting real. With that one choice, his life began to change in a big way. And yours can, too. Sister OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2006. 219 pages. 5-1/2 x 8-5/8 inches, 22 cm. List price 19.99. This edition is currently out of print. Read more Show Less

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Overview

The Dark Side of a Pastor’s Life—A Breath of Fresh Air

Are you tired of pretending? Living walled up? Going only skin deep? Craig Groeschel , pastor of the thriving LifeChurch.tv, sure was. And in his refreshingly raw and real book, he comes clean. Not that he has anything other than typical, human stuff to confess. Check out a few of his musings: I have to work hard to stay sexually pure, I hate prayer meetings, sometimes I doubt God , and I can’t stand a lot of Christians . Through his incredible honesty, he opens the door for you to follow suit. Are you ready to dig deep and let God shine through the genuine you? No more living just to please others. No more hiding. You can be who God called you to be. You can live for an audience of One.

Is the real you getting lost

because the fake you is just so annoyingly

impressive?

“Stepping onto the platform to preach that morning, I admitted to myself that I was not a pastor first, but a regular, scared, insecure, everyday guy whose life had been changed by Jesus. And if Jesus really loved me as I was (I knew He did), then why should I go on trying to be someone I wasn’t?”

Why do we fake it so much? Why do we spend so much time trying to please everyone else and make so little effort trying to please God? When Craig Groeschel asked himself those questions, he couldn’t come up with a good answer. So one day he decided to drop the act and start getting real. With that one choice, his life began to change in a big way. And yours can too. Craig’s passionate, funny, warts-and-all confessions—and the lessons he learned from them—will help you find your own path to authentic living and a deeper relationship with God (you know He’s on to you anyway!).

Story Behind the Book

“For too many years my life had been a show—my lines well rehearsed and every performance polished. By college, I played so many different roles I lost track of the real me. I began to wonder if there was a real me. Exhausted from playing the parts, I finally took off the masks—and met a God who loved me unconditionally. Confessions of a Pastor reveals in graphic detail my inner struggles, questions, doubts, and fears—to inspire others to abandon lives of pretending—and to meet the authentic love of God like never before.” — Craig Groeschel

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  • ISBN-13: 9781590527207
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Groeschel 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.
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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Refreshing. Mind-Grabbing. Thought prevoking. By: Mike - Me to.

    If you find yourself missng from reality and long for the real again. You to, would probably feel refreshed by this bodly and openly truthful book.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

    Confessions of a Pastor: It was OK for me!

    As I am waiting for my next book Soul Print to arrive from the Blogging for Books program I found out I can review other books published by WaterBrook Multnomah. I quickly scanned my book shelf and found a book I purchased a few years ago and just never got around to reading it. Timing is everything right? I pulled Confessions of a Pastor by Craig Groeschel off the shelf and actually discovered that it was a very quick read although I disliked the 20+ page chapters.

    From a reader's viewpoint the book got better as I got deeper into it's pages. Groeschel uses sarcasm, clever antics and chucklesome (got to love that word) stories to disarm his audience in tackling uncomfortable topics that are usually considered "off limits" by some. His approach allows you to get closer to a "man of the cloth's" humanness and your own. As Groeschel identifies with you in your struggle you, he shows you the way out of it through God's grace.

    As a leader, I initially expected something a little different from the book and though I could relate to a number of his confessions, especially; "I Stink at Handling Criticism" and "I Am Afraid of Failure" the book still seemed a little cautious at times.

    If you are posing as Christian and want to get honest with yourself, allow Craig Groeschel to help you go from confessing your weakness to standing in confident grace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2007

    Pastors are not perfect

    Reading 'Confessions' was a refreshing look into the personal life and struggles of a well-known pastor. The problems he faces are not just his, but are experienced by every man in ministry--Groeschel is one of the few who is willing to be transparent and put his challenges into print. In the age of the Ted Haggard scandal and countless other men of God who make fools of themselves with the things they do or say, it is great to read about someone who is not fooling himself or anyone by pretending to be something he is not. Inspirational not just to pastors but to any person of faith. After reading this book, maybe won't make our pastors celebrities and just look at them as normal men who sin and struggle just like us all. A great read!

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