Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
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...more
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Chan is dismissive of life, even it's highest joys and lowest sorrows, because the story is about God, not people. So that's all that matters. In addition, a person's life boils down to how many people they've "saved" (which seems to mean "have gotten to say a prayer"). Not sure where this leaves, say, Mother Teresa, who focused more on taking care of people than convincing them to say praye ...more
First of all, “Crazy Love” is a terrible and misleading title for this book. It is not about love (until, maybe, chapter 10, but by that point it is too late; too much damage has already been done). It is certainly NOT about God’s love for us mortals.
When a friend asked me about the book, this was my initial response:
I was hoping for a good read, but all I’ve seen so far (a bit more than halfway through) is an angry God. It’s as if the title [Crazy ...more
For me, all through high school, theology was my god. God's love, God's grace, and God's compassion didn't register for me. I "saved myself" by knowing how to refute consubstantiation and by knowing what year the Council of Chalcedon was. I could argue with the abs ...more
What an incredibly powerful and convicting read. This book really challenged me a lot - I'm gonna have to change some things after reading it!
I really like Francis Chan's style of writing and how personable his narration seems.
Really really great!
I applaud him for walking the talk; downsizing his house, taking ...more
My friend, Dave, mentioned in his review that Francis Chan seems to be one of the most genuine people out there. I'd have to agree. This book i ...more
In my opinion, this book called crazy love falls shor ...more
My Dear Friend,
I think you and I should make time to sit down in the parlor with two steaming cups of tea (or coffee) and a plate of your favorite scones, or cake, or cookies—or some of each—I’ll make whatever you want to eat as long as you’ll sit with me for a while and have a nice little chat about life. Life is a lovely thing, isn’t it? But it’s terrib ...more
So I find myself wondering how there can be so many wealthy Christians in the world; doesn't hoarding and having so much when others have so little go against Christ's teachings?
I'm glad to know now - after Chan's call to live "to the median ...more
I was so happy when I saw this book on Scribd, because recently I've been listening to Francis Chan's sermons on YouTube and I really think that he's one of the most authentic, unapologetic teachers you can find today. He has a way of conveying the message of the Scriptures in a way that, even if he never s ...more
1. I am really hard pressed to find any new material in this book. Recently there has been a wave of si ...more
I have some criticisms though. I think he could have spent more time on who God is and what he has done in order to ground our response to God. He spent most of the time focusing on our response to God and that left the book slightly lop-sided.
The chapter on lukewarm Christians was an important warning shot to people who live careless lives without t ...more
I'm so shocked that I started my year by reading a non-fiction title and it was AMAZING. This year I really wanted to focus on having spiritual growth and a better relationship with God. I'm still working on the exact plans on how I'm going to achieve that but I thought that since I have a passion for reading I could definitely attempt to focus on reading more books that discuss how to build a relationship with God. This one ...more
These kinds of stories inhibit real emotion, I believe, and a story like what I just described a ...more
A gorgeous amazing book that will make you squirm. It was as enlightening, as it was uncomfortable. All in a good way to make you question and think about your relationship with God, others, the world and the Church.
A book to make the Church look at where we have failed and what we have forgotten. Particularly, what it means to serve, to love, revere and obey God. What it means to love others and to serve others who will never love us, accept us, or feel gratitude in any way. Wow ...more
Some of his statements are actually a little questionable... On page 104 Chan writes that "...you have to stop loving and pursuing Christ in order to sin." But people are going to sin all their lives, whether or not they are "pursuing" Christ. While it's true for some ...more
The title of this book makes it sound like it's about God's love for us. It is actually about our doing works of love, which isn't a bad thing to write a book about. It's the arguments that I have a problem with.
The first half (at least) of the book has a lot of "God is disgusted with you..." type comments. A lot of them. Which makes sense when you realize that Chan believes th ...more
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