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)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless Godby Francis Chan
Revised & Updated Edition! God is love. Crazy, relentless, all-powerful love. Have you ever wondered if we're missing it?
It's crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe—the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor—loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical/b>
Revised & Updated Edition! God is love. Crazy, relentless, all-powerful love. Have you ever wondered if we're missing it?
It's crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe—the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor—loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. Whether you've verbalized it yet or not, we all know something's wrong.
Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts—it's falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same. Because when you're wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.
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OVERWHELMED BY A RELENTLESS GOD
By FRANCIS CHAN, Danae Yankoski
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What if I said, "Stop praying"? What if I told you to stop talking at God for a while, but instead to take a long, hard look at Him before you speak another word? Solomon warned us not to rush into God's presence with words. That's what fools do. And often, that's what we do.
We are a culture that relies on technology over community, a society in which spoken and written words are cheap, easy to come by, and excessive. Our culture says anything goes; fear of God is almost unheard of. We are slow to listen, quick to speak, and quick to become angry.
The wise man comes to God without saying a word and stands in awe of Him. It may seem a hopeless endeavor, to gaze at the invisible God. But Romans 1:20 tells us that through creation, we see His "invisible qualities" and "divine nature."
Let's begin this book by gazing at God in silence. What I want you to do right now is to go online and look at the "Awe Factor" video at www.crazylovebook.com to get a taste of the awe factor of our God. Seriously—go do it.
Speechless? Amazed? Humbled?
When I first saw those images, I had to worship. I didn't want to speak to or share it with anyone. I just wanted to sit quietly and admire the Creator.
It's wild to think that most of these galaxies have been discovered only in the past few years, thanks to the Hubble telescope. They've been in the universe for thousands of years without humans even knowing about them.
Why would God create more than 350,000,000,000 galaxies (and this is a conservative estimate) that generations of people never saw or even knew existed? Do you think maybe it was to make us say, "Wow, God is unfathomably big"? Or perhaps God wanted us to see these pictures so that our response would be, "Who do I think I am?"
R. C. Sproul writes, "Men are never duly touched and impressed with a conviction of their insignificance, until they have contrasted themselves with the majesty of God."
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Switch gears with me for a minute and think about the detailed intricacy of the other side of creation.
Did you know that a caterpillar has 228 separate and distinct muscles in its head? That's quite a few, for a bug. The average elm tree has approximately 6 million leaves on it. And your own heart generates enough pressure as it pumps blood throughout your body that it could squirt blood up to 30 feet. (I've never tried this, and I don't recommend it.)
Have you ever thought about how diverse and creative God is? He didn't have to make hundreds of different kinds of bananas, but He did. He didn't have to put 3,000 different species of trees within one square mile in the Amazon jungle, but He did. God didn't have to create so many kinds of laughter. Think about the different sounds of your friends' laughs—wheezes, snorts, silent, loud, obnoxious.
How about the way plants defy gravity by drawing water upward from the ground into their stems and veins? Or did you know that spiders produce three kinds of silk? When they build their webs, they create sixty feet of silk in one hour, simultaneously producing special oil on their feet that prevents them from sticking to their own web. (Most of us hate spiders, but sixty feet an hour deserves some respect!) Coral plants are so sensitive that they can die if the water temperature varies by even one or two degrees.
Did you know that when you get goose bumps, the hair in your follicles is actually helping you stay warmer by trapping body heat? Or what about the simple fact that plants take in carbon dioxide (which is harmful to us) and produce oxygen (which we need to survive)? I'm sure you knew that, but have you ever marveled at it? And these same poison-swallowing, life-giving plants came from tiny seeds that were placed in the dirt. Some were watered, some weren't; but after a few days they poked through the soil and out into the warm sunlight.
Whatever God's reasons for such diversity, creativity, and sophistication in the universe, on earth, and in our own bodies, the point of it all is His glory. God's art speaks of Himself, reflecting who He is and what He is like.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
This is why we are called to worship Him. His art, His handiwork, and His creation all echo the truth that He is glorious. There is no other like Him. He is the King of Kings, the Beginning and the End, the One who was and is and is to come. I know you've heard this before, but I don't want you to miss it.
I sometimes struggle with how to properly respond to God's magnitude in a world bent on ignoring or merely tolerating Him. But know this: God will not be tolerated. He instructs us to worship and fear Him.
Go back and reread the last two paragraphs. Go to the website www.crazylovebook.com and watch the "Just Stop and Think" fifteen-minute video. Close this book if you need to, and meditate on the almighty One who dwells in unapproachable light, the glorious One.
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There is an epidemic of spiritual amnesia going around, and none of us is immune. No matter how many fascinating details we learn about God's creation, no matter how many pictures we see of His galaxies, and no matter how many sunsets we watch, we still forget.
Most of us know that we are supposed to love and fear God; that we are supposed to read our Bibles and pray so that we can get to know Him better; that we are supposed to worship Him with our lives. But actually living it out is challenging.
It confuses us when loving God is hard. Shouldn't it be easy to love a God so wonderful? When we love God because we feel we should love Him, instead of genuinely loving out of our true selves, we have forgotten who God really is. Our amnesia is flaring up again.
It may sound "un-Christian" to say that on some mornings I don't feel like loving God, or I just forget to. But I do. In our world, where hundreds of things distract us from God, we have to intentionally and consistently remind ourselves of Him.
I recently attended my high school reunion. People kept coming up to me and saying, "She's your wife?" They were amazed, I guess, that a woman so beautiful would marry someone like me. It happened enough times that I took a good look at a photograph of the two of us. I, too, was taken aback. It is astonishing that my wife chooses to be with me—and not just because she is beautiful. I was reminded of the fullness of what I have been given in my wife.
We need the same sort of reminders about God's goodness. We are programmed to focus on what we don't have, bombarded multiple times throughout the day with what we need to buy that will make us feel happier or sexier or more at peace. This dissatisfaction transfers over to our thinking about God. We forget that we already have everything we need in Him. Because we don't often think about the reality of who God is, we quickly forget that He is worthy to be worshipped and loved. We are to fear Him.
A. W. Tozer writes,
What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.... Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God. For this reason the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like.
If the "gravest question" before us really is what God Himself is like, how do we learn to know Him?
We have seen how He is the Creator of both the magnitude of the galaxies and the complexity of caterpillars. But what is He like? What are His characteristics? What are His defining attributes? How are we to fear Him? To speak to Him? Don't check out here. We need to be reminded of this stuff. It is both basic and crucial.
God is holy. A lot of people say that whatever you believe about God is fine, so long as you are sincere. But that is comparable to describing your friend in one instance as a three-hundred-pound sumo wrestler and in another as a five-foot-two, ninety-pound gymnast. No matter how sincere you are in your explanations, both descriptions of your friend simply cannot be true.
The preposterous part about our doing this to God is that He already has a name, an identity. We don't get to decide who God is. "God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM" (Ex. 3:14). We don't change that.
To say that God is holy is to say that He is set apart, distinct from us. And because of His set apart-ness, there is no way we can ever fathom all of who He is. To the Jews, saying something three times demonstrated its perfection, so to call God "Holy, Holy, Holy" is to say that He is perfectly set apart, with nothing and no one to compare Him to. That is what it means to be "holy."
Many Spirit-filled authors have exhausted the thesaurus in order to describe God with the glory He deserves. His perfect holiness, by definition, assures us that our words can't contain Him. Isn't it a comfort to worship a God we cannot exaggerate?
God is eternal. Most of us would probably agree with that statement. But have you ever seriously meditated on what it means? Each of us had a beginning; everything in existence began on a particular day, at a specific time.
Everything, that is, but God. He always has been, since before there was an earth, a universe, or even angels. God exists outside of time, and since we are within time, there is no way we will ever totally grasp that concept.
Not being able to fully understand God is frustrating, but it is ridiculous for us to think we have the right to limit God to something we are capable of comprehending. What a stunted, insignificant god that would be! If my mind is the size of a soda can and God is the size of all the oceans, it would be stupid for me to say He is only the small amount of water I can scoop into my little can. God is so much bigger, so far beyond our time-encased, air/food/sleep–dependent lives.
Please stop here, even if just for a moment, and glorify the eternal God: "But you, O Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations.... But you remain the same, and your years will never end" (Ps. 102:12, 27).
God is all-knowing. Isn't this an intimidating thought?
Each of us, to some degree, fools our friends and family about who we really are. But it's impossible to do that with God. He knows each of us, deeply and specifically. He knows our thoughts before we think them, our actions before we commit them, whether we are lying down or sitting or walking around. He knows who we are and what we are about. We cannot escape Him, not even if we want to. When I grow weary of trying to be faithful to Him and want a break, it doesn't come as a surprise to God.
For David, God's knowledge led him to worship. He viewed it as wonderful and meaningful. He wrote in Psalm 139 that even in the darkness he couldn't hide from God; that while he was in his mother's womb, God was there.
Hebrews 4:13 says, "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account." It is sobering to realize that this is the same God who is holy and eternal, the Maker of the billions of galaxies and thousands of tree species in the rainforest. This is the God who takes the time to know all the little details about each of us. He does not have to know us so well, but He chooses to.
God is all-powerful. Colossians 1:16 tells us that everything was created for God: "For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him."
Don't we live instead as though God is created for us, to do our bidding, to bless us, and to take care of our loved ones?
Psalm 115:3 reveals, "Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him." Yet we keep on questioning Him: "Why did You make me with this body, instead of that one?" "Why are so many people dying of starvation?" "Why are there so many planets with nothing living on them?" "Why is my family so messed up?" "Why don't You make Yourself more obvious to the people who need You?"
The answer to each of these questions is simply this: because He's God. He has more of a right to ask us why so many people are starving. As much as we want God to explain Himself to us, His creation, we are in no place to demand that He give an account to us.
All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: "What have you done?"
Can you worship a God who isn't obligated to explain His actions to you? Could it be your arrogance that makes you think God owes you an explanation?
Do you really believe that compared to God, "all the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing," including you?
God is fair and just. One definition of justice is "reward and/or penalty as deserved." If what we truly deserved were up to us, we would end up with as many different answers as people who responded. But it isn't up to us, mostly because none of us are good.
God is the only Being who is good, and the standards are set by Him. Because God hates sin, He has to punish those guilty of sin. Maybe that's not an appealing standard. But to put it bluntly, when you get your own universe, you can make your own standards. When we disagree, let's not assume it's His reasoning that needs correction.
It takes a lot for us to comprehend God's total hatred for sin. We make excuses like, "Yes, I am prideful at times, but everyone struggles with pride." However, God says in Proverbs 8:13, "I hate pride and arrogance." You and I are not allowed to tell Him how much He can hate it. He can hate and punish it as severely as His justice demands.
God never excuses sin. And He is always consistent with that ethic. Whenever we start to question whether God really hates sin, we have only to think of the cross, where His Son was tortured, mocked, and beaten because of sin. Our sin.
No question about it: God hates and must punish sin. And He is totally just and fair in doing so.
Before the Throne
So far we have talked about things we can see with our own eyes, things we know about creation, and some of the attributes of God as revealed in the Bible. But many facets of God expand beyond our comprehension. He cannot be contained in this world, explained by our vocabulary, or grasped by our understanding.
Yet in Revelation 4 and Isaiah 6 we get two distinct glimpses of the heavenly throne room. Let me paint a bit of a word picture for you.
In Revelation, when John recounts his experience of seeing God, it's as though he's scrambling for earthly words to describe the vision he was privileged to see. He describes the One seated on the throne with two gems, "jasper and carnelian," and the area around the throne as a rainbow that looked like an emerald. God, the One on the throne, resembles radiant jewels more than flesh and blood.
This sort of poetic, artistic imagery can be difficult for those of us who don't think that way. So imagine the most stunning sunset you've ever seen. Remember the radiant colors splashed across the sky? The way you stopped to gaze at it in awe? And how the words wow and beautiful seemed so lacking? That's a small bit of what John is talking about in Revelation 4 as he attempts to articulate his vision of heaven's throne room.
John describes "flashes of lightning" and "rumblings and peals of thunder" coming from God's throne, a throne that must be unlike any other. He writes that before the throne are seven blazing torches and something like a sea of glass that looks like crystal. Using ordinary words, he does his best to describe a heavenly place and a holy God.
Most intriguing to me is how John describes those who surround the throne. First, there are the twenty-four elders dressed in white and wearing golden crowns. Next, John describes four six-winged beings with eyes all over their bodies and wings. One has the face of a lion, one of an ox, one of a man, and one of an eagle.
I try to imagine what it would be like if I actually saw one of these creatures out in the woods or down at the beach. I would probably pass out! It would be terrifying to see a being with the face of a lion and eyes "all around and within."
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A pastor and church planter based in San Francisco, Francis Chan speaks to tens of thousands of people around the world every year. Known for his passionate, biblical style, Chan is on the board of World Impact and Children’s Hunger Fund. Chan is the author of Forgotten God, Erasing Hell, and Crazy Love, which has sold nearly two million copies.
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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.
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
If you've been feeling like something is missing in your life, read this sensational book! This book has changed and enriched my understanding of what it means to "love thy neighbor as thyself" and forced me to examine my heart, my faith, and my walk with Jesus. READ IT!!
For our staff retreat we used this book as a time to get away from the day to day stress of working at a faith-based domestic violence shelter. We were challenged and brought closer to the God that loves us. The Christian faith is verb, not to sit quietly within the walls of a building. A must read for people of all faiths.
Francis Chan really tells it like it is. He doesn't sugar-coat the terrible consequences of lukewarmness. He takes watered down Christianity head on in this Bible-based account of the awesome love of God. If you don't feel uncomfortable while reading this book, you need to take a very serious look at where you stand with God, or where you think you stand with God. This book is so needed in this day and age, especially in America, where for the most part, we've become totally apathetic about the world around us(the poor, the hungry and forgotten)because we are so comfortable. This is not a feel-good book, but it is a liberating book. It's an honest account of where many of us who call ourselves Christians get to answer the tough questions about our sincerity and commitment to the Lord. I wish every bible-believing, Jesus-confessing Christian could get their hands on this book. I'm giving this book as a gift to as many friends and family that I can afford. READ IT!!!
Francis does a wonderful job of motivating and inspiring the reader to really look at their life and focus on the important issues of being a Christian. We can be so weighed down by the world that we don't even know that our daily attitude and outlook is tainted. Francis reminds us of God's Word and commandments to us to follow Christ with our whole heart. A challenging, truthful, and thought out book that can change your life if you're honest with yourself.
I read this book and was completely turned off. I consider myself a Christian and I believe that we are saved though the grace of God...we just have to have faith. Chang pulls quotes from the Bible and completely takes them out of context to make a point that has absolutely nothing to do with the quote...trying to guilt us into being Christians. If you read this book, make sure you have your bible next to you...it will clarify his incorrect use of passages throughout the book. I do not recommend this book at all. Read the Bible instead!
I love this book. I truly believe it has helped to change my life and the way I look at the world, myself, and my King. It is now my favorite book and I plan to read it again and again. Chan opened my eyes to God's overwhlming love for me and how this should affect my life. If you don't want a change in your life I would not recommend this book. This is also a book you do not just want to skim through. If you read this book, be prepared to have to sit and think and meditate on the truths Chan illustrates. This is a great investment for your own library and is also the perfect gift for friends and family.
Salvation is simple and basic it is about believing and putting your faith in Christ. There should be growth though. I don't see anywhere within Chans teachings that say you have to do good works to be saved. He is simply opening up the eyes of thousands of American Christians who are sitting back in the pews and doing nothing about their faith. We are called as Christians to live a higher life of integrity and a life devoted to service to God and man. We as Christians should be making this world a better place for sure. Not just coming to church on Sundays and leaving unchanged. Those people might be saved to say the least but its not about heaven or hell its about the kingdom of God on earth right now in the heart of every believer. Too many people put an emphasis on heaven and hell with no emphasis on social justice. Jesus was all about social justice. The goal for the believer is to become more and more like the lord Christ. This is why Paul was irritated by the Corithian church. Yes he never said they were not saved, in his words you are right , they were saved. But he was calling them to a holy life, holy means separated not accepting the status quo of secular society. This is what Chan preaches, a call to action to live the life that god has planned for us since before we were in the womb. That life is the life of a PASSIONATE WORLD CHANGER!!!
I love Francis Chan. I have heard him speak many times and he always is very insightful. This book has some good insights, however, the book's approach to talking about the topics is very disjointed and difficult to read. The first chapter tells you to go online and watch a video. I bought this book to read while "getting away" from technology and felt cheated that I was missing out on a part of the book because of that. I felt like this book would be great as a series of sermons, but it was not so great as a book. I couldn't finish it so I can't bear to give it more than 2 stars, but I know that there are a lot of people out there who will find value in reading this book.
I have recently been overhauling my faith for renewal and a friend recommended this book. I must admit I am fortunate to have conviction through the Holy Spirit and salvation through the blood of Jesus. After reading this book, giving Chan the benefit of the doubt, I sensed a feeling of worthlessness. Someone in despiration could very easily be driven away from God. This book is not meant for those that are weakened or searching for the love of Christ to comfort and guide them. Crazy Love is a good title. I am sure it has its place, but only a certain target audience. I would recommend Max Lucado for the encouragement and true understanding.
The book does indeed promote a works-type salvation. This line of thinking appears to come out of a teaching called "lordship salvation," popularized by the release of the book, "The Gospel According to Jesus," by John MacArthur in the late '80s. Basically, it posits that the simple gospel message of Acts 16:30-31, John 3:16-18, Romans 4:5, Titus 3:5, and Ephesians 2:8-9 is not good enough for salvation. A true believer must also make God "the Lord of his life." Anyone who doesn't, is lost! But where does that leave the Corinthian church who were backslidden believers, but believers indeed, according to Paul (Paul refers to them as "sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy," 1 Cor. 1:2; he also calls them "brothers" several times throughout 1 Corinthians, although worldly or carnal ones---1 Cor. 3:1-3). What about the prodigal son who was a son when he was living with his father; he remained a son throughout the lengthy time that he strayed away, and was still a son when he returned home to the father. Or how about Lot, who lived in a backslidden condition his entire adult life, yet Peter commends him as a righteous man in 2 Peter 2:7. Chapter 5 of "Crazy Love," in my opinion, was especially mean-spirited and judgmental; If taken literally, it appears to send a large portion of the evangelical church (perhaps even the majority), labeled as "lukewarm" to hell. The book sets up a false dichotomy between believers who are sold-out to God vs. the average churchgoer who doesn't appear to be very committed or on-fire for the Lord. Guess where the second group is going? To quote Chan, pp. 83-84, "As I see it, a lukewarm Christian is an oxymoron; there is no such thing. To put it plainly, churchgoers who are 'lukewarm' are not Christians. We will not see them in heaven."
Do you just love Jesus or are you in-love with Jesus? This book will help you to understand the difference. **Warning** This book is not for the light or feint of heart. Each chapter is very heavy and will challenge everything you understand about being together with Jesus and demonstrating that to those around you. Francis Chan takes you on a journey that personally relates to life around you. You will laugh with him and you will cry. If you are ready to encounter Jesus like you never have before then this is the book for you!
I think this book does a great job of inspiring Christians to take their faith seriously. Other reviewers feel that Chan is promoting a 'salvation by works' message. I didn't perceive that message. The message I heard was that if you're saved (meaning God has called you to himself to spend eternity with him), then contemplate the depth and breadth of what that and respond to it. Other reviewers contend that Chan is without basis to say there are Christians who don't take their faith seriously, or who don't fully appreciate the gift of salvation, or who don't live their lives as if they do. Perhaps Chan was only speaking about me. I need to be reminded and encouraged, as Chan does in this book, to appreciate who God is and what he has done, and then respond.
The messages in this book challenge my views on Christianity and how God has called us to live. Love it!
This book is amazing made me take a step back and look at my own relationship with christ everyone should read it
Lizzie Reezay talked about how she read this book at bible camp this year 2012. I don't know Lizzie personally but I have watched her videos on youtube for about 2 years now so I feel like I do know her personally. After my student life experience this year I have been craving more ways to be with and learn about God other than reading the bible and doing my daily devotionals. When Lizzie talked about this book and The Language of God I immediately stopped her video to go check them out. I didn't know anything about either of these books and being new to the whole legit Christian thing wasn't helping but I went with my gut ajd bought the books. After reading this book I was amazed at how much I had been missing out on. If you're like me and you're craving God then this would be a great book for you to read. I hope that this helps you and that you enjoy Crazy Love just as much as I did. :)
God loves us so much and some of us respond by becoming Christian. However are we only in name only? Crazy Love is a convicting charge to Christians to ACT, and not be satisfied with where we are at now, but to continue to become Christ-like. After discussing how, Chan provides examples of how other Christians ACTED.
If u wrote a review saying that u felt judged, think about this... Chan has never met you, so how could he "judge you"? The uneasy feeling you get when u read this book is called conviction. Conviction comes when the Holy Spirit is telling you that u need to change something about the way you live your life.. i pray that u realize this difference as i had to do after i felt judged the first time i read the book...
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.
Crazy Love by Francis Chan is an inspirational book, which in the scheme of things really changed my life and can change many other people's lives. It is a book on how to live your life to the fullest through our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. It gives us examples on what are known as "lukewarm Christians", referring to those who are just trying to get by in life and not being fully dedicated. Crazy Love also gives examples of how people have been changed and it causes them to do great things for the kingdom. Crazy Love is a great book and I recommend it to everyone. It gives us a chance to look inside ourselves and "fix" our lives accordingly to how Christ wants us to live. This book is for the most part an easy read and does not take very long to finish. If you want a lifestyle change I would recommend on starting it off with reading Crazy Love.
Crazy love was a great book, I really enjoyed the chapter on the lukewarm Christian. Chan is a excellent writer.
This is one of the most challenging books I have read!
Thought provoking, heart wrenching and eye opening text. Online support makes you feel like you know the author and are there with him. Helped me on my walk with the Lord.