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I'm glad I gave it a chance

  • May 2, 2010
Lately, I've heard or read several good quotes from "Crazy Love," so I asked a friend if I could borrow it. She said she'd heard a lot of people say it transformed their lives, but she questioned something the author said and was looking forward to hearing my opinion of the book. So I did a quick check on Amazon. After reading a certain one star review, I almost decided not to "waste my time" reading it since it sounded like it had some bad theology. But my friend wanted my opinion, so I read "Crazy Love"...and I'm so glad I did.

"Crazy Love" is a Christ-focused, Scripture-based Christian Living book. Each chapter built on the last. It was easy to read and understand and was written in a causal tone. The author sometimes referred to online videos that the reader should go watch before continuing. I didn't do that, but it might enhance his points in the first few chapters if you do.

Overall, I'd highly recommend this book. Don't get tripped up by the author's wording in chapter five and stop listening. Ask God what things in this book He wants you to hear and let work on your heart. And then read a book like "More Than a Carpenter" by Josh & Sean McDowell or "In God We Trust" by Steve Ham so that you can rest assured, deep down, that you can trust what the Bible says about God's promises to us and what Jesus wants from us.

Chapter One: The character and nature of God--God is Creator, holy, eternal, all-knowing, all-powerful, fair, and just--and what this means.

Chapter Two: We're not in control, but God is. This is why we don't need to worry or stress out.

Chapter Three: How God's love is different from human love.

Chapter Four: Our response to God's love...how it's usually not to value God above all else or to act in a way consistent with a full understanding of what He's done for us. The author gave a profile of the lukewarm Christian (and he pointed out that we all do some of these things some of the time...he means here long-term, unchanging attitudes.)

Chapter Five: Based on his readings of the Gospels, the author believes that you must surrender your life to Christ and desire to be obedient to Him to truly be saved (which I agree with)...so if you fit the profile of a lukewarm Christian, you were never really saved (which I don't completely agree with since full surrender of every part of one's life often happens over time and a bit at a time). I think his phrasing--especially the use of "lukewarm"--may be tripping some people up. But I agree with the overall idea of the chapter--that Jesus asks us to surrender control of our lives to Him and actively become his disciples.

Also, the author pointed out that if we're not actively pursuing God then the "current" of the world will naturally pull us further away from Him. So we need to be active & deliberate in our pursuit.

Chapter Six: Let God place a longing and a love for Him in our heart. Jesus didn't die just to save us from the punishment for sin but to transform our lives and draw us into a closer relationship with Him.

Chapter Seven: Finding life's greatest fulfillment in surrender to God...or...Living like you believe God (what He says in the Bible).

Chapter Eight: It's about loving differently than the world, not just "being nice." Which is "crazier," investing most of our time, energy, and money in things that are temporary or investing it toward that which will last for eternity?

Chapter Nine: Stories about people who live with what the world sees as "crazy love."

Chapter Ten: How is God asking you to apply this to your life? (And he points out that not everyone is supposed to become an overseas missionary or pastor or sell their house. God wants to use us all in unique ways.)

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   There are lots of books that provide steps for growth in the Christian faith. Even more books that expound on why there needs to be growth within a Christian walk. Francis Chan's book regurgitates knowledge and how-tos in this area if you are only looking for something brand spanking new and cutting edge.      However, if you are seeking and pondering and hungry for the next faith step and need a dose of inspiration in language that is light in Christianese and …
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Chan, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, Calif., offers a radical call for evangelicals to consider and emulate in this debut guide to living crazy for God. Chan's own life compels him to live with urgency, and with good reason. His mother died giving birth to him, his stepmother died when he was nine, and his dad when he was 12. As a pastor, Chan says that conducting weekly funerals for people younger than himself has likewise sobered him to life's unexpectedness and frailty. Chan writes with infectious exuberance, challenging Christians to take the Bible seriously. He describes at length the sorry state of lukewarm Christians who strive for a life characterized by control, safety and an absence of suffering. In stark contrast, the book offers real-life accounts of believers who have given all—time, money, health, even their lives—in obedience to Christ's call.Chan also recounts his own attempts to live crazy by significantly downsizing his home and giving away his resources to the poor.Earnest Christians will find valuable take-home lessons from Chan's excellent book.(May)

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ISBN-10: 1434768511
ISBN-13: 978-1434768513
Author: Francis Chan
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: David C. Cook
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