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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.

Learn more about Crazy Love at www.crazylovebook.com.
 

Topics: Christianity, Disciples, Spirituality , Love, Devotion, Jesus, Redemption, Inspirational, and Provocative

Published: David C Cook on Apr 1, 2013
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I am very reluctant to give out five stars to any book, but this one deserves it. Chan lays out a very convicting argument for the contraction inherent in the term lukewarm Christian. He believes that if someone is lukewarm about Christianity, that person is not a Christian. While I am less than certain that I agree with that statement doctrinally, the book really made me examine my life and consider what I need to do to not be a lukewarm Christian. I would recommend this book to any Christian whole is willing to have his faith challenged, but with the proviso that reading it might make you do "crazy" things for love in the name of God.read more
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Challenging Christians to live out their love for Christ.read more
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If you can read just one book this year, let Crazy Love be the one book.It’s that good. It’s beautiful, hard-hitting, easy to read, convicting, life-transforming.Remember a time when you had fallen in love? How everything in your life seemed to change? You did some crazy stuff. THAT’S exactly how our lives should change, if we truly fall in love with God.Here is a summary of each chapter of the book, to give you a preview. I’ll say it again, READ THIS BOOK!PrefaceThis book is to convince you that by surrendering yourself totally to God’s purposes, He will bring you the most pleasure in this life and the next.Chapter OneOur problem isn’t working harder, but realizing who God is, how “crazy” his love for us is, and falling in love with God. Because when you’re wildly in love with someone, it changes everything in your life.Chapter TwoOn the average day, we live caught up in ourselves. It’s crazy that we think today is just a normal day to do whatever we want with. Do you live with the fact that perhaps today you will die? Life is all about God and not about us at all.Chapter ThreeThe greatest good on this earth is God. Period. God’s one goal for us is Himself. Do you believe that God is the greatest thing you can experience in the whole world?Chapter FourRemember the parable of the soils. DO NOT ASSUME YOU ARE GOOD SOIL. Most American churchgoers have thorns that choke any seed that is in them. A relationship with God simply cannot grow when money, sins, activities, favorite sports teams, addictions, or commitments are piled on top of it.Chapter FiveJesus clearly states over and over he wants all or nothing. We can not give him leftovers, we cannot give him only what doesn’t hurt us or only what doesn’t put us at risk.Chapter SixTo change our hearts, what we value, what we risk, how we act, we don’t need more guilt or more rules, we just need to be in love with God. Because when you’re wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.Chapter SevenSomething is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers.God wants us to trust Him with abandon. He wants to show us how He works and cares for us. He doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.Chapter EightPeople who are obsessed with Jesus care more about the Kingdom than their own lives being shielded from pain or distress, live lives that connect them with the poor, will do things that don’t make sense in terms of success or wealth, will seek humility, take joy in loving people, will be known as givers, not takers, will orient their lives around eternity, and will be characterized by committed, settled, passionate love for God.Chapter NineThere are people who really do live with a crazy love for Jesus, and if you look at their lives, it will eliminate every excuse for not living a radical, love-motivated life for Him.Chapter TenHow you live your days becomes how you have lived your life.Love. Risk. Listen to the Spirit. Be committed to live each day as if it is your last before you meet Jesus.read more
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an important read for any christian struggling between chasing GOD and the ever elusive american dream. written by an amazing pastor (the best speaker at any camp we've had) who is actually living out what he believes.read more
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Crazy Love is the most challenging book on Christianity I have read. Now, I’m no religious scholar, so I’m sure there is a more challenging book out there somewhere. And it’s not challenging as in “These are really deep and difficult to understand theological discussions. I need a PhD to get this.” It’s actually a very easy read intellectually.It’s challenging because it presses that “uncomfortable button.” You know the one. It’s the you-profess-that-you-believe-this-but-you-don’t-live-it button. It hurts your feelings a little at first because the preacher is talking specifically about things you have said and things you have done. You can’t deny it, even to yourself. And then you get angry and defensive, and you don’t like the preacher at that moment. Then you say, “That message really spoke to me,” and you feel good, and you tell yourself you’re going to “be better” and change. But you go home and watch football and go to work on Monday and forget all about it before next Sunday, because… well, we like to be comfortable.Francis Chan mashes that button over and over and over hoping that it sticks. In that discomfort and uneasiness, we know we are saved by grace, but we realize we are not doing what God has called us to do. We are not taking up our cross. Our fruits are not a testament to our beliefs. We are lukewarm.We go to church. We try to be nice, polite people, but Chan writes, “When we face the Holy God, nice isn’t what we will be concerned with, and it definitely isn’t what He will be thinking about.” He quotes 1 Corinthians 3:13-15- Each person’s works will be tested in the fire. If it burns up, he will lose everything but himself, like a person barely escaping through the flames. Chan says, “Perhaps that sounds harsh, but harsh words and the loving truth often go hand and hand.”Chan emphasizes that our relationship with God has to be everything in our lives. We have to literally depend on him for everything. Not say we do, and do our own thing anyway just in case He doesn’t come through. He also heavily emphasizes sacrificial giving and Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:40- “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brother’s of mine, you did for me.” Chan challenges us to literally treat everyone we come in contact with as though they were Jesus.When you get to the last chapter, Chan realizes you are at that point of saying “That message really spoke to me,” and you feel good, and you tell yourself you’re going to “be better” and change, but then you’re paralyzed because you’re not really sure what it means in terms of your life. You put the book down and go back to being comfortable. Chan quotes Annie Dillard: “How we live our days is… how we live our lives.” He writes, “We each need to discover for ourselves how to live this day [Chan's italics] in faithful surrender to God as we ‘continue to work out [our] salvation with fear and trembling’” (Phil. 2:12). Chan says we have to learn to listen to and obey God day to day “…in a society where it’s easy and expected to do what is most comfortable.”read more
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Author Francis Chan sees massive problems with the American Church. But his book is not an indictment of the church, per se. It is clear that Chan loves the church and still has great hope for it. He writes the book from a personal perspective challenging each reader to examine his or her own life instead of simply casting judgments on others. He wants his readers to be personally responsible for their own actions before bashing the church. His critiques are on the mark and will challenge the reader to reconsider their concept of what it is to believe.While the book definitely works on the whole, it is not without its flaws. The first three chapters feel as if they could have been placed in a different book. As Chan covers the magnificence of God nothing new or startling is revealed. His discussion in these chapters of theological matters are generally only skin deep. Christ’s work on the Christ is presented as traditional penal substitution model. The theory of moral influence would have been useful to the purpose of his book, but does not get discussed. His discussion of Revelation ignores the complexity of the imagery in its Old Testament context. While any discussion into this would certainly have been beyond the scope of his book, I fear his treatment promotes the opposite approach.But this is definitely nitpicking. Chan gets rolling in chapter four when he profiles the lukewarm Christian. His observational skills are not lacking and he ably makes his point: there is no such thing as a lukewarm Christian and you might be one. His readers are encouraged to examine themselves to see if they might be “bad soil” that has killed the seed of the Word put in it. He sees the American Christian as having the thorny soil that chokes the life out of the seed with thorns of business. From here Chan expands on the problems with how the church relates to God, but also builds a bridge to how it should be. He encourages his readers to take the plain reading of the text seriously and respond to God by being in love with Him. The last chapter provides uplifting examples of people who have done it. It provides hope not just for the reader, but for the church.In the end Chan’s book is an easy read that I would heartily recommend to anyone. It works on a personal level. His observations on the health of the church hit home. His commentary on the lukewarm Christian is especially poignant. While he doesn’t cover many of the larger issues a book such as his might raise, it is a great starting point written from a man in love with God and in love with His church.read more
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Francis Chan is the founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California, and is the founder of Eternity Bible College. Chan is also the author of Forgotten God and has written some children’s books. In Crazy Love, Chan verbalizes the truths of the bible of how Christians should be living their lives. This includes describing “lukewarm” Christians, proclaiming specific Christians that have truly lived their lives through Jesus Christ, and a profile of the “obsessed” with God. All of these insights lead to introspective questions of faith and life choices.Though some consider Crazy Love, by Francis Chan, inspiring, I found this book to be a 175-page very pushy sermon. As what is described as a “lukewarm” Christian, I responded to Chan’s writing as being preached to and being yelled at. Chan does a very good job of proving his points with well-known scriptures and some not-so-well-known scriptures. This, to me, emphasizes that he knows what he is talking about and can back himself up with evidence from the bible. It is not that I do not agree with Chan’s ideas, it is that the way he was telling his audience about how to be the “perfect” Christian that did not sit well with me. I would recommend this book to someone who is looking to be inspired to be a better Christian.read more
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As a church librarian, I read many, many books! This book is the absolute best book out there on how to take that next step in your walk with God. Chan challenges us evangelicals to get out of our comfort zones, and take the plunge into a life of radical faith! I have already bought 3 copies of this book for my library! I hope to get as many people to read the message that's in it: Get off the sideline, and live the life that God's called you to!read more
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My wife and I read this book together. It was a great read and it really helped us to understand love from God's perspective.read more
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Chan is the voice of our deepest conscience: Are we doing all we can to bring others to Christ? Are we driven to be all God wants us to be?And, of course, we must answer, No. And, of course, we must resolve to do better. Chan helps us with inspiriting, uplifting, truly amazing stories of others who are out there doing all they can to bring others to Christ and becoming all God would have them become. Chan also gives us verse after verse of Bible wisdom to guide us and provoke us and send us on our way.A powerful read.read more
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Chan offers a description of the Jesus-obsessed life: risk-taking faith, passionate love, and selfless service. This view of the Christian life offers a stark contrast to what Chan observes in much of the American church: lukewarm faith, reasonable love, and comfortable service. Rather than seeking the living God, His church has sought security, comfort, and control. After asking them to consider God’s relentless love, Chan calls the reader to radical faith and obedience. Aread more
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Excellent. Honest and challenging.read more
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I wanted to throw this book through the window once I finished it. It's voice is prophetic (not in the new knowledge kind of sense), authoritative, and convicting. There were many points that I had to slow down just to consider my relationship with God the Father and rest in His love for me, in spite of my lack of love for Him. I have come to realize that my view of Christ is to safe. Jesus is not safe and does not call us to live "safe" lives, but to sacrifice, service, LOVE, and Kingdom Living.You probably shouldn't just think of this book as a quick read that you'll set aside and mark off your reading list. It will demand that you look into your soul and consider your alliance with the world and Christ.read more
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A work to challenge the believer to get beyond the lukewarmness and relative "comfort" of American Christianity and to move toward more authentic, faithful discipleship.Chan begins by establishing God's majesty, love, and our relative humility. He goes on to show how through our "lukewarmness" we minimize God, maximize self, and how are lives seem, on the whole, little impacted by belief in God.He goes on to encourage believers to consider what more faithful discipleship would look like-- more temporal and financial sacrifice, greater love for God and His purposes, and a willingness to do what may seem radical but what really flows from faith.The author is Evangelical and many of the standard concerns apply-- faith only, once saved, always saved, and the like, but this should not detract from the overall excellence of the message. Read this and David Platt's "Radical" and you will likely never be the same again.read more
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Chan states this book was written for those who are bored with what American christianity offers, and that his hope is that it will affirm one's desire for "more God". He discusses the inaccurate view of God that many have been presented with and have believed. And then, by describing who this all-powerful, all-knowing, eternal, holy God really is, he challenges those who would be His disciples to lay aside their complacency and seek to love Him with all their being.read more
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I confess to reading this book expecting to hate it and to find serious theological problems within. I don't know or have anything against Francis Chan, but the fact that this book has been so popular in mainstream evangelicalism had me prepared for the worst.I could nitpick with some (small) parts of the book when it comes to his application of specific passages of Scripture. I also do think that Chan probably fails to recognize the non-radical nature of the daily calling of most Christians (home, family, work, etc.). But in this case, these are minor issues compared to the positives of the book. Even if you don't take some of the radical action he suggests, an honest reading of the book should convict you about your (*my*) unwillingness to make even the smallest of daily sacrifices for the sake of others. God's kingdom is being advanced - he'll (God) see to that. But Christians are called to live in light of that advancement. Chan attempts to show, in ways that challenge our comfort, what a Christian response to God's "crazy love" might look like.read more
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This is an excellent but uncomfortable book: it will really challenge your Christian faith as Chan is not shy about making it clear that the Christian life as described in the bible is not just agreeing with Jesus but actually living in obedience to his commands. He does not advocate works-righteousness, rather he reminds us of Jesus' observation that those who love him will do as he commands.read more
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I had mixed feelings about this book. While I recognise the need for much of the church to be woken up and understand that God wants our all not just our leftovers, this was maybe a little bit of too much guilt not enough focus on God. He describes what lukewarm Christians look like but the problem is we all look like that a lot of the time, the fact is we all fall short a lot of the time. I realise that we need to be challenged not to accept it but the answer isn't more effort but more focus on God and His grace.read more
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Awesome book that every Believer in Christ should read. It will open your eyes as to the crazy love God has for us.read more
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There are some wonderful chapters and passages in this book. Chan identified and dismantles the legalism that so often traps American Evangelicals, but then by mid-book Chan inadvertently demonstrates that he hasn't broken free from the Law's siren song. Like so many of his peers, Chan, too, ultimately can't believe that God's love is so crazy that it's completely free. You can see evidence of this in the other reviews. Instead of readers walking away feeling overwhelmed by the love of a relentless God (i.e., experiencing the radicalness of God's grace), they are walking away saying that Chan's work "challenged them" and that they must lay aside complacency, renew a walk of obedience, and be convicted. In the end, that's throwing people on the Law by saying that have to do at least this much to experience God's love. That's Law, not Gospel. So. in the battle between Law and Gospel, the Gospel almost wins in Crazy Love--almost.read more
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A book that will challenge you to live a life that may be viewed as crazy, even by other Christians. You will be challenge to live a life pleasing to Christ not just a life to not upset Him!read more
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This is probably one of the hardest books on Christianity I've read. Not in terms of "difficult to understand," but more like, "difficult to apply." It addresses some much needed areas in modern Christianity that have long been pet peeves of mine. But it also touched on a lot of issues I hadn't realized about myself.The thing I like about this novel is that it really does focus on love. And it pulls away from the self-centered, egotistical spirituality that many Christians possess. Instead, it focuses on what you're doing for other people, for God, etc. It leads you down a path of much more importance than politics and petty social issues. This book reminds you of what was and is the most important function of Christianity.This book has to be devoured bit by bit. You cannot simple sit down and read the entire book in one sitting. To do so would be like eating food and not digesting it. A terrible waste.read more
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I am very reluctant to give out five stars to any book, but this one deserves it. Chan lays out a very convicting argument for the contraction inherent in the term lukewarm Christian. He believes that if someone is lukewarm about Christianity, that person is not a Christian. While I am less than certain that I agree with that statement doctrinally, the book really made me examine my life and consider what I need to do to not be a lukewarm Christian. I would recommend this book to any Christian whole is willing to have his faith challenged, but with the proviso that reading it might make you do "crazy" things for love in the name of God.
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Challenging Christians to live out their love for Christ.
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If you can read just one book this year, let Crazy Love be the one book.It’s that good. It’s beautiful, hard-hitting, easy to read, convicting, life-transforming.Remember a time when you had fallen in love? How everything in your life seemed to change? You did some crazy stuff. THAT’S exactly how our lives should change, if we truly fall in love with God.Here is a summary of each chapter of the book, to give you a preview. I’ll say it again, READ THIS BOOK!PrefaceThis book is to convince you that by surrendering yourself totally to God’s purposes, He will bring you the most pleasure in this life and the next.Chapter OneOur problem isn’t working harder, but realizing who God is, how “crazy” his love for us is, and falling in love with God. Because when you’re wildly in love with someone, it changes everything in your life.Chapter TwoOn the average day, we live caught up in ourselves. It’s crazy that we think today is just a normal day to do whatever we want with. Do you live with the fact that perhaps today you will die? Life is all about God and not about us at all.Chapter ThreeThe greatest good on this earth is God. Period. God’s one goal for us is Himself. Do you believe that God is the greatest thing you can experience in the whole world?Chapter FourRemember the parable of the soils. DO NOT ASSUME YOU ARE GOOD SOIL. Most American churchgoers have thorns that choke any seed that is in them. A relationship with God simply cannot grow when money, sins, activities, favorite sports teams, addictions, or commitments are piled on top of it.Chapter FiveJesus clearly states over and over he wants all or nothing. We can not give him leftovers, we cannot give him only what doesn’t hurt us or only what doesn’t put us at risk.Chapter SixTo change our hearts, what we value, what we risk, how we act, we don’t need more guilt or more rules, we just need to be in love with God. Because when you’re wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.Chapter SevenSomething is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers.God wants us to trust Him with abandon. He wants to show us how He works and cares for us. He doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.Chapter EightPeople who are obsessed with Jesus care more about the Kingdom than their own lives being shielded from pain or distress, live lives that connect them with the poor, will do things that don’t make sense in terms of success or wealth, will seek humility, take joy in loving people, will be known as givers, not takers, will orient their lives around eternity, and will be characterized by committed, settled, passionate love for God.Chapter NineThere are people who really do live with a crazy love for Jesus, and if you look at their lives, it will eliminate every excuse for not living a radical, love-motivated life for Him.Chapter TenHow you live your days becomes how you have lived your life.Love. Risk. Listen to the Spirit. Be committed to live each day as if it is your last before you meet Jesus.
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an important read for any christian struggling between chasing GOD and the ever elusive american dream. written by an amazing pastor (the best speaker at any camp we've had) who is actually living out what he believes.
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Crazy Love is the most challenging book on Christianity I have read. Now, I’m no religious scholar, so I’m sure there is a more challenging book out there somewhere. And it’s not challenging as in “These are really deep and difficult to understand theological discussions. I need a PhD to get this.” It’s actually a very easy read intellectually.It’s challenging because it presses that “uncomfortable button.” You know the one. It’s the you-profess-that-you-believe-this-but-you-don’t-live-it button. It hurts your feelings a little at first because the preacher is talking specifically about things you have said and things you have done. You can’t deny it, even to yourself. And then you get angry and defensive, and you don’t like the preacher at that moment. Then you say, “That message really spoke to me,” and you feel good, and you tell yourself you’re going to “be better” and change. But you go home and watch football and go to work on Monday and forget all about it before next Sunday, because… well, we like to be comfortable.Francis Chan mashes that button over and over and over hoping that it sticks. In that discomfort and uneasiness, we know we are saved by grace, but we realize we are not doing what God has called us to do. We are not taking up our cross. Our fruits are not a testament to our beliefs. We are lukewarm.We go to church. We try to be nice, polite people, but Chan writes, “When we face the Holy God, nice isn’t what we will be concerned with, and it definitely isn’t what He will be thinking about.” He quotes 1 Corinthians 3:13-15- Each person’s works will be tested in the fire. If it burns up, he will lose everything but himself, like a person barely escaping through the flames. Chan says, “Perhaps that sounds harsh, but harsh words and the loving truth often go hand and hand.”Chan emphasizes that our relationship with God has to be everything in our lives. We have to literally depend on him for everything. Not say we do, and do our own thing anyway just in case He doesn’t come through. He also heavily emphasizes sacrificial giving and Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:40- “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brother’s of mine, you did for me.” Chan challenges us to literally treat everyone we come in contact with as though they were Jesus.When you get to the last chapter, Chan realizes you are at that point of saying “That message really spoke to me,” and you feel good, and you tell yourself you’re going to “be better” and change, but then you’re paralyzed because you’re not really sure what it means in terms of your life. You put the book down and go back to being comfortable. Chan quotes Annie Dillard: “How we live our days is… how we live our lives.” He writes, “We each need to discover for ourselves how to live this day [Chan's italics] in faithful surrender to God as we ‘continue to work out [our] salvation with fear and trembling’” (Phil. 2:12). Chan says we have to learn to listen to and obey God day to day “…in a society where it’s easy and expected to do what is most comfortable.”
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Author Francis Chan sees massive problems with the American Church. But his book is not an indictment of the church, per se. It is clear that Chan loves the church and still has great hope for it. He writes the book from a personal perspective challenging each reader to examine his or her own life instead of simply casting judgments on others. He wants his readers to be personally responsible for their own actions before bashing the church. His critiques are on the mark and will challenge the reader to reconsider their concept of what it is to believe.While the book definitely works on the whole, it is not without its flaws. The first three chapters feel as if they could have been placed in a different book. As Chan covers the magnificence of God nothing new or startling is revealed. His discussion in these chapters of theological matters are generally only skin deep. Christ’s work on the Christ is presented as traditional penal substitution model. The theory of moral influence would have been useful to the purpose of his book, but does not get discussed. His discussion of Revelation ignores the complexity of the imagery in its Old Testament context. While any discussion into this would certainly have been beyond the scope of his book, I fear his treatment promotes the opposite approach.But this is definitely nitpicking. Chan gets rolling in chapter four when he profiles the lukewarm Christian. His observational skills are not lacking and he ably makes his point: there is no such thing as a lukewarm Christian and you might be one. His readers are encouraged to examine themselves to see if they might be “bad soil” that has killed the seed of the Word put in it. He sees the American Christian as having the thorny soil that chokes the life out of the seed with thorns of business. From here Chan expands on the problems with how the church relates to God, but also builds a bridge to how it should be. He encourages his readers to take the plain reading of the text seriously and respond to God by being in love with Him. The last chapter provides uplifting examples of people who have done it. It provides hope not just for the reader, but for the church.In the end Chan’s book is an easy read that I would heartily recommend to anyone. It works on a personal level. His observations on the health of the church hit home. His commentary on the lukewarm Christian is especially poignant. While he doesn’t cover many of the larger issues a book such as his might raise, it is a great starting point written from a man in love with God and in love with His church.
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Francis Chan is the founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California, and is the founder of Eternity Bible College. Chan is also the author of Forgotten God and has written some children’s books. In Crazy Love, Chan verbalizes the truths of the bible of how Christians should be living their lives. This includes describing “lukewarm” Christians, proclaiming specific Christians that have truly lived their lives through Jesus Christ, and a profile of the “obsessed” with God. All of these insights lead to introspective questions of faith and life choices.Though some consider Crazy Love, by Francis Chan, inspiring, I found this book to be a 175-page very pushy sermon. As what is described as a “lukewarm” Christian, I responded to Chan’s writing as being preached to and being yelled at. Chan does a very good job of proving his points with well-known scriptures and some not-so-well-known scriptures. This, to me, emphasizes that he knows what he is talking about and can back himself up with evidence from the bible. It is not that I do not agree with Chan’s ideas, it is that the way he was telling his audience about how to be the “perfect” Christian that did not sit well with me. I would recommend this book to someone who is looking to be inspired to be a better Christian.
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As a church librarian, I read many, many books! This book is the absolute best book out there on how to take that next step in your walk with God. Chan challenges us evangelicals to get out of our comfort zones, and take the plunge into a life of radical faith! I have already bought 3 copies of this book for my library! I hope to get as many people to read the message that's in it: Get off the sideline, and live the life that God's called you to!
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My wife and I read this book together. It was a great read and it really helped us to understand love from God's perspective.
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Chan is the voice of our deepest conscience: Are we doing all we can to bring others to Christ? Are we driven to be all God wants us to be?And, of course, we must answer, No. And, of course, we must resolve to do better. Chan helps us with inspiriting, uplifting, truly amazing stories of others who are out there doing all they can to bring others to Christ and becoming all God would have them become. Chan also gives us verse after verse of Bible wisdom to guide us and provoke us and send us on our way.A powerful read.
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Chan offers a description of the Jesus-obsessed life: risk-taking faith, passionate love, and selfless service. This view of the Christian life offers a stark contrast to what Chan observes in much of the American church: lukewarm faith, reasonable love, and comfortable service. Rather than seeking the living God, His church has sought security, comfort, and control. After asking them to consider God’s relentless love, Chan calls the reader to radical faith and obedience. A
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Excellent. Honest and challenging.
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I wanted to throw this book through the window once I finished it. It's voice is prophetic (not in the new knowledge kind of sense), authoritative, and convicting. There were many points that I had to slow down just to consider my relationship with God the Father and rest in His love for me, in spite of my lack of love for Him. I have come to realize that my view of Christ is to safe. Jesus is not safe and does not call us to live "safe" lives, but to sacrifice, service, LOVE, and Kingdom Living.You probably shouldn't just think of this book as a quick read that you'll set aside and mark off your reading list. It will demand that you look into your soul and consider your alliance with the world and Christ.
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A work to challenge the believer to get beyond the lukewarmness and relative "comfort" of American Christianity and to move toward more authentic, faithful discipleship.Chan begins by establishing God's majesty, love, and our relative humility. He goes on to show how through our "lukewarmness" we minimize God, maximize self, and how are lives seem, on the whole, little impacted by belief in God.He goes on to encourage believers to consider what more faithful discipleship would look like-- more temporal and financial sacrifice, greater love for God and His purposes, and a willingness to do what may seem radical but what really flows from faith.The author is Evangelical and many of the standard concerns apply-- faith only, once saved, always saved, and the like, but this should not detract from the overall excellence of the message. Read this and David Platt's "Radical" and you will likely never be the same again.
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Chan states this book was written for those who are bored with what American christianity offers, and that his hope is that it will affirm one's desire for "more God". He discusses the inaccurate view of God that many have been presented with and have believed. And then, by describing who this all-powerful, all-knowing, eternal, holy God really is, he challenges those who would be His disciples to lay aside their complacency and seek to love Him with all their being.
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I confess to reading this book expecting to hate it and to find serious theological problems within. I don't know or have anything against Francis Chan, but the fact that this book has been so popular in mainstream evangelicalism had me prepared for the worst.I could nitpick with some (small) parts of the book when it comes to his application of specific passages of Scripture. I also do think that Chan probably fails to recognize the non-radical nature of the daily calling of most Christians (home, family, work, etc.). But in this case, these are minor issues compared to the positives of the book. Even if you don't take some of the radical action he suggests, an honest reading of the book should convict you about your (*my*) unwillingness to make even the smallest of daily sacrifices for the sake of others. God's kingdom is being advanced - he'll (God) see to that. But Christians are called to live in light of that advancement. Chan attempts to show, in ways that challenge our comfort, what a Christian response to God's "crazy love" might look like.
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This is an excellent but uncomfortable book: it will really challenge your Christian faith as Chan is not shy about making it clear that the Christian life as described in the bible is not just agreeing with Jesus but actually living in obedience to his commands. He does not advocate works-righteousness, rather he reminds us of Jesus' observation that those who love him will do as he commands.
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I had mixed feelings about this book. While I recognise the need for much of the church to be woken up and understand that God wants our all not just our leftovers, this was maybe a little bit of too much guilt not enough focus on God. He describes what lukewarm Christians look like but the problem is we all look like that a lot of the time, the fact is we all fall short a lot of the time. I realise that we need to be challenged not to accept it but the answer isn't more effort but more focus on God and His grace.
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Awesome book that every Believer in Christ should read. It will open your eyes as to the crazy love God has for us.
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There are some wonderful chapters and passages in this book. Chan identified and dismantles the legalism that so often traps American Evangelicals, but then by mid-book Chan inadvertently demonstrates that he hasn't broken free from the Law's siren song. Like so many of his peers, Chan, too, ultimately can't believe that God's love is so crazy that it's completely free. You can see evidence of this in the other reviews. Instead of readers walking away feeling overwhelmed by the love of a relentless God (i.e., experiencing the radicalness of God's grace), they are walking away saying that Chan's work "challenged them" and that they must lay aside complacency, renew a walk of obedience, and be convicted. In the end, that's throwing people on the Law by saying that have to do at least this much to experience God's love. That's Law, not Gospel. So. in the battle between Law and Gospel, the Gospel almost wins in Crazy Love--almost.
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A book that will challenge you to live a life that may be viewed as crazy, even by other Christians. You will be challenge to live a life pleasing to Christ not just a life to not upset Him!
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This is probably one of the hardest books on Christianity I've read. Not in terms of "difficult to understand," but more like, "difficult to apply." It addresses some much needed areas in modern Christianity that have long been pet peeves of mine. But it also touched on a lot of issues I hadn't realized about myself.The thing I like about this novel is that it really does focus on love. And it pulls away from the self-centered, egotistical spirituality that many Christians possess. Instead, it focuses on what you're doing for other people, for God, etc. It leads you down a path of much more importance than politics and petty social issues. This book reminds you of what was and is the most important function of Christianity.This book has to be devoured bit by bit. You cannot simple sit down and read the entire book in one sitting. To do so would be like eating food and not digesting it. A terrible waste.
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