I just finished listening to Francis Chan’s Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God for the second time. I read it first a few years ago while we were home visiting from Turkey.
Now we have returned permanently and it was just the book I needed to remind me of what I want to be important in my life.
I’ve always really enjoyed Francis Chan. I listened to his sermons on iTunes and have shared his Balance Beam video countless times.
Chan is decidedly a Jesus follower and this book is written to the church in America, those who would call themselves evangelicals and Christians.
He is a straight shooter and a hard hitter. He reads the Bible and when he comes across a command, he obeys it.
Chan’s writing style is much like he preaches. He weaves personal experience with the scripture of the Bible in a way that is easy to follow and compelling.
Crazy Love is a challenging read. Chan’s conversational writing is easy to digest but he keeps coming back to these points that we seem so often to rationalize in our lives as followers of Christ.
Chan calls us again and again to step out of our comfortable, highly managed lives and into a life of discipleship.
“But God 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.”
This is one book I would buy for friends and would like to read with our Sunday school class at church. We need to be shaken up at times.
Crazy Love will do that!
Here are a few quotes from the book:
Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers.”
Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”
It is true that God may have called you to be exactly where you are. But, it is absolutely vital to grasp that he didn’t call you there so you could settle in and live your life in comfort and superficial peace.”
…when we love God, we naturally run to Him-frequently and zealously. Jesus didn’t command that we have a regular time with Him each day. Rather, He tells us to ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ He called this the ‘first and greatest commandment’ (Matt. 22:37-38). The results are intimate prayer and study of His Word. Our motivation changes from guilt to love.”
This book is written for those who want more Jesus. It is for those who are bored with what American Christianity offers. It is for those who don’t want to plateau, those who would rather die before their convictions do.”
Other Books by Francis Chan
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