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Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

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34 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

It's not for the faint of heart

I enjoyed the book because it highlighted much of what we go through as Christians who want more but remain in the passive state of routine. It was motivational because it asserts the fact that there is more of God to experience if we want to. Feeling guilty because of ...
I enjoyed the book because it highlighted much of what we go through as Christians who want more but remain in the passive state of routine. It was motivational because it asserts the fact that there is more of God to experience if we want to. Feeling guilty because of what he says is not what I perceive is his intention but rather he relates his own grief and guilt that took him from where he used to be to where he is and where he is going.His guilt was his relationship with his father, for each of us it's something else. It was sincerely refreshing to be encouraged to move forward when sometimes your own church doesn't foster that kind of deep search for a personal relationship. Unfortunately many churches are so concerned with what their members can give that sometimes the personal relationship between them and God is lacking. This book blocks you from pointing fingers. This about you and your relationship with God, and what you want it to be like, what it should be like.

I enjoyed every moment of it.

posted by Zbee on May 14, 2010

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59 out of 96 people found this review helpful.

CRAZY LOVE by Francis Chan

Some neighbors told me about this book. They seemed to have been thrown into consternation by reading it. So I picked up a copy.

The author states his purpose on p. 21: "This book is written for those who want more Jesus. I hope reading this book will convince yo...
Some neighbors told me about this book. They seemed to have been thrown into consternation by reading it. So I picked up a copy.

The author states his purpose on p. 21: "This book is written for those who want more Jesus. I hope reading this book will convince you of something: that by surrendering yourself totally to God's purposes, He will bring you the most pleasure in this life and the next."

He then goes on to berate his readers. He seems to assume that they are not of the group for whom he has said he had written. P. 22: "The core problem isn't the fact that we're lukewarm,... The crux of it all is why we are this way, and it's because we have an inaccurate view of God."

The book follows this pattern as the author does a good cop, bad cop routine, lifting his readers' spirits, then bringing them crashing down. I feel that there is frustration in his writing - a frustration that I have felt as a pastor and which my congregation probably also sensed in my preaching. We all want to see our flocks walking closer to God, but instead see many living a passive Christianity. I fear books such as this have little positive effect.

The first few chapters alternate between great statements about the majesty of God and the readers' passive understanding of Him. The author challenges the readers to understand that "The greatest good on this earth is God" and to love Him. All good stuff!

In ch. 4, "Profile of the Lukewarm," the author does his bad cop routine. He gives what he claims is "a description of what halfhearted, distracted, partially committed, lukewarm people can look like" and challenges his readers to see if they fit the description. He cites passages seemingly selected at random, most of which are not even aimed at professing Christians and NONE of which use the word lukewarm. Any of us could look through these passages and find some fault or faults of ours there.

In ch. 5 he says: "... a lukewarm Christian is an oxymoron; there's no such thing ... churchgoers who are lukewarm are not Christians. We will not see them in heaven." He quotes Rev. 3:15-18, a portion of the letter from the risen Christ to the church at Laodicea, the ONLY passage where the word lukewarm is used in the Bible. The addressees are, as the author argues, not saved people. The logic is faulty. In ch. 4, he defines lukewarm so as to include most of us. Now we're told we are not going to heaven.

After frightening his readers, he then switches to his good cop routine. He says, "I do not want true believers to doubt their salvation as they read this book."

The next few chapters continue the roller coaster ride: doubt - assurance - doubt - assurance.

Apparently Pastor Chan is uncomfortable with his use of guilt and fear as a motivator. He keeps introducing pologies: "Perhaps it sounds as though I believe you have to work your way to Jesus. I don't. I fully believe that we are saved by grace, through faith, ... My fear in writing the previous chapter is that it only evokes in you fear and guilt ... actions driven by fear and guilt are not an antidote to lukewarm, selfish, comfortable living."

I believe Chan's desires are correct; he wants his readers totally committed to Christ. There is much truth to be gained from reading this book, but I would not recommend it. The style is manipulative!

For a fuller review see: http://billball.blogspot.com/2010/05/crazy-love.html

posted by billball on May 12, 2010

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    Unsure

    Has some good information in it, but could possibly be a stumbling block for a new Christian........not sure if stumbling block is the exact word I am looking for, but you will see what I mean if you read it! If you read and have any negative thought, just remember it is by the Grace of God that we are saved, so we do our best, but we will fall at times. I think he may be trying to say this and motivate people, but to me it comes across as though he was speaking down to the reader at times.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Overwelming is correct

    I'm certain that the author got what he wanted in making me feel uncomfortable! I read this for a church discussion group. Crazy Love is a catchy title, but does not fit the content. But the secondary title is right on.

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