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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook Publishing; 1st edition edition (May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434768511
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434768513
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 15 2011
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An inspirational work that will encourage you to live out your faith as though you mean it!

Chan does a great job in this book. He describes how great God is and then he describes how great His love is for us. And then he envisions ideals of what following God looks like. Chan's book is interactive, as he often recommends stopping to regard either some scripture, nature, or even a video or two of his sermons/teachings on the internet.

The absolute greatness of God needs to inspire us to be a people of action. Those of us who claim to be Christian are called out and asked to prove it. While some may see this as leading to a works based salvation, I disagree. It seems like Chan wants us to examine ourselves because what we do matters more than we think. What we do won't earn us salvation, but the fruits of our labors identify us for who and what we are: on fire for God or not.

People who try to tear this book apart will do so claiming that Chan is misinterpreting scripture... which is more a misunderstanding of Chan's intention than Chan misinterpreting scripture. This is not a theological commentary on scripture. It is a book written for average Christians who need inspiration to go beyond a regular routine.

If you need a book that will rekindle the fire that causes us to be the Light of the World, this might just be the book for you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Labots on Sept. 20 2012
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I was given this book to read because I was told it was an excellent book. The more I read the more upset I became and could barely complete the book. In closer examination I realized I was feeling bullied. Bullied by a man who said he was about grace yet used language that was not seasoned with grace.

What I found confusing was that I could not quite figure out who his audience was. Was it for the lukewarm unbeliever, the lukewarm believer, or the believer with lukewarm components to his life. He states that lukewarm people who called themselves Christians were not really Christians, but the he talks about believers who are Christians but who are lukewarm. Then he uses the word "we" throughout the book, thereby I presume he is also calling himself a lukewarm Christian.

After stating that lukewarm Christians were not to be found in heaven, he quotes Rev 3:16-18 as a basis for his statements on lukewarmness, but fails to quote verse 19: As many as I love, I rebuke and achasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. A clear statement that the lukewarm church he was addressing was loved and therefore He was rebuking them and would chasten them if needed. There is no indication that the church was about to be kicked out of their eternal position in Christ. The entire premise of this dominant point in the book falls apart.

This book is not about the gospel of grace. The book uses fear. And fear does not change people. It can be used in attempts of behaviour modification, but fear does not change the heart. God's kindness leads to repentance (Romans 2:4). Having lived in performance based Christian bondage for years, it was God's kindness that eventually broke through. Certainly, God is holy, but that is why we need Jesus. God is perfect, that's why we need Jesus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yaomeju on May 14 2013
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I wouldn't say Francis Chan is an excellent writer, but he definitely agrees with this book -- he is deeply and crazily in love with Jesus, God's grace. He is biblical and radical, but he loves Jesus, and he is so generous sharing his love, his feelings, his words, and his earthly enormous passion with us in this book. I got encouraged by his calling out, and moved by his outspoken heart. Please read this book to get more ideas about God's mercy and what we should do in it!
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By Doug on May 7 2011
Format: Audio CD
I really didn't know what this book was about, other than hearing about from someone. It was extremely engaging. Being an audio book, I was able to listen to it while driving to work, and I could barely turn it off each day. Intriguing perspectives, fresh approaches, paradigm shifts, challenges to traditional boring predictable Christianity. The Christian life should be anything but boring, if we're really living like Jesus wants us to. Francis Chan has a way of bringing to light things that we have all become too accustomed to, things that we have accepted too readily...like that fact that we are comfortable, wealthy people storing up resources, while much of the world lives in absolute poverty...and yet we're okay with that! Something's wrong with that! Francis' book is challenging my own approach to resources, time, worship.
I highly recommend this book for everyone. It is Biblical, contemporary, honest, applicable, challenging, realistic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By O. Stephen Peart on April 6 2014
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Love is a under used word at the same time it is so over used. Francis breaks the word down and gives the truth about love. It is crazy? Why? Simply, love is not about the lovely, lovable, for loving sake but it is the opposite. Read the book, you will get what love really is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Royal Polar Bear on June 15 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book. This book is easy to understand and teaches practical ways to deepen your relationship with God. This is definitely a book worth read many,many times.
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Francis Chan accurately paints the picture of the Christian attitude and life that God wants for each person, which is a dynamic love relationship with Him. This book teaches that the problem is an apathetic heart, and the solution is basking in God's love. This book has helped revive my heart to loving Him.

The downside of this book is that it's too short! :( I wanted to keep reading...

I highly recommend this and will be reading this book over again to let the information soak in.

Thanks, Francis!
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