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Crazy Love : Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

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God is Love. Crazy, relentless, all-powerful love.

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READ THIS BOOK!

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! Preface This 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 One Our 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 Two On 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 Three The 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 Four Remember 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 Five Jesus 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 Six To 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 Seven Something 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 true. Chapter Eight People 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 Nine There 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

What if We Took Jesus Seriously?

This is a convicting book that attempts to answer the question, "What if we took Jesus and what He said seriously?" Chan answers that most of us would live in a radically different way than our present lifestyle. He is careful not to prescribe in definite terms how our obedience to Jesus must look, but he is also unwilling to let readers off the hook, urging readers repeatedly to examine their own lives and see if they are more conformed to the American Dream or to the Gospel. My favorite chapter is called, "Your Best Life . . . Later." This chapter, both in its title and its content, is an obvious challenge to the health, wealth and prosperity gospel so common among TV preachers and in the lives of many Christians. This book is well worth your time.

Lifechanging

Having read reviews of this book, I thought I was prepared. But Chan's application of scriptures regarding caring for the poor, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and being Jesus' hands and feet in this world shook my thinking. He urges his readers to stop and think, worship, apply. I am asking myself, what is God calling me to do with what I've learned? Be prepared to ask yourself the same.

easily the most eye-opening book i've ever read.

Think the Christian life is boring and easy, think again. This book will use scripture to drain the water out of American Christianity and bring it back to the New Testament Faith of the Scriptures. Francis Chan is a rare breed today of those who are well known yet well grounded in scripture. This book isn't at all about Chan, but about God and his "crazy love" for us. Grab this book and shake your perspective. Challenge yourself and as I am, buy many more books for your friends. I went to Ghana this past summer to mission work, dare I say, this book challenged me at the same level.

A Paradigm-Shaking Book

There are many voices critiquing the North American church today. The voices come from both within and without; from those who love the church and those who hate it. We all know that there is something wrong. But what? In many cases the prescription is the same while the cure varies widely. In his new book Crazy Love, first-time author Francis Chan, pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California, regular speaker at Passion conferences and other events, and the guy who recorded that "Just Stop and Think" evangelistic video where he walks for miles holding a surfboard, takes his opportunity to challenge the church. "This book," he says, "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, who would rather die before their convictions do." It is a book that is meant to change the way Christians live their lives. There are two ways of critiquing the church. We can critique out of love or out of disgust. Chan is committed to critiquing the church as an act of love. In a recent interview, when asked about the emergent church, he said this: "As a pastor I hear a lot of emergent leaders talk about what is wrong with the church. It comes across as someone who doesn't love the church. I'm a pastor first and foremost, and I'm trying to offer a solution or a model of what church should look like. I'm going back to scripture and seeing what the church was in its simplest form and trying to recreate that in my own church. I'm not coming up with anything new. I'm calling people to go back to the way it was. I'm not bashing the church. I'm loving it." And his love for the church is obvious throughout this book. The format of Crazy Love is straightforward and effective. Chan dedicates three chapters to renewing our understanding of the character of God and seven chapters calling Christians to examine themselves. Within the book are two ongoing themes that are going to get people talking. The first theme is that we must painstakingly examine ourselves. We cannot assume we are saved, or to use the biblical metaphor, we cannot assume that we are the good soil. Chan calls the reader to a serious self-inventory through a chapter that provides a profile of the lukewarm. He concludes, "a lukewarm Christian is an oxymoron; there's no such thing. To put it plainly, churchgoers who are `lukewarm' are not Christians. We will not see them in heaven." God wants all or nothing. The second theme is deeply counter-cultural, going against the stream of both Christian and secular culture. It is this: live your best life later. Chan wants to see Christians living differently--living in a way that is markedly different from those around them. He wants to see Christians forgoing much of what we consider necessary, what we consider our due, in order to focus on treasures that are eternal. He wants us to get outside the realm of what is comfortable to us and focus instead
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