Confessions of a Pastor: Adventures in Dropping the Pose and Getting Real with God
Multnomah, 2006 (2006)
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Reviewed by Jessica Weaver
raig Groeschel's sermon is heard every week in not just one church, or a few churches, but in twelve locations across the United States. He is the founder of LifeChurch.tv, which boasts forty worship
each week. Therefore, he must be nearly perfect, right? I mean, everyone expects their pastor to at least uphold an image of sinlessness.
ell, wrong. Groeschel's second book,
Confessions of a Pastor
, explains how he endures each and every challenge that your normal, run-of-the-mill Christian faces. He explores the issues in chapters devoted to his struggle with lust, fear, not liking some Christians, and dealing with criticism, among others. Each chapter is written simply and tells Groeschel's story of his pursuit of perfection in dealing with the struggle. While he knows he will never achieve perfection, his comments and ideas on enduring battles with Satan are insightful and easy to understand.
y favorite passage spoke on how God is not fair. Groeschel, as he does in many chapters, starts with a personal anecdote. His brother-in-law died young from cancer, and this plagued the author regarding how God could let that happen. His conclusion is: '
If God were fair, I'd get what my sins deserve. I praise Him that He's not fair ... God is just, but He's not fair. If He were fair, I'd have to suffer ... forever.
' Such simple but poignant statements characterize this wonderful book, which I would classify as a
for any Christ-follower.
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