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Crazy Love [Paperback]

Francis Chan , Mark Beuving
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May 2008
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. 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 dos 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.
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Do not read this book Sept. 20 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Two Cents... March 15 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, Dynamic Experience of Jesus' Love Feb. 2 2010
An astonishing and groundbreaking book on the highly preached topic of "Love."
What Francis Chan does so powerfully is share the love of Christ through new lens. Francis shares an infectious love for Jesus Christ that will compel us to love others.

In response to user "B. Bauer": Francis asserts in his book that he is not preaching a "works-based salvation." Rather, Francis states that a love for Christ will compel us to take action and truly love others! Too many churches these days sit back and just preach rather than take action. It is also a tendency to give our "leftovers" to people in need. Francis urges us to give our best to God and to the needy, rather than satisfying our own desires and then donating the leftover money. It is a subject-shifting idea that urges us to focus on God's kingdom and God's people rather than on ourselves.

This is the central idea of 1 John 4: "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God...God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him...We love because he first loved us"

I heard Francis speak at Breakforth Canada 2010 and I could see Jesus through him. He is not a radical "works-based" Christian but rather knows that our LOVE of God will make us ACT upon that love and care for others. James also says that "faith without works is dead." This is the point Francis elaborates! This is what it means to be a follower of Christ.

This book will change your life and perspective on love.
Please read it!!! = )

God bless!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy love June 22 2014
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I purchased this book for my bible study group. Love the fact that it was sent so quickly as well. A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars learned a lot 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Love
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? Read more
Published 6 months ago by O. Stephen Peart
4.0 out of 5 stars must read
While Chan is riding a wave of popularity and the book is somewhat over-hyped by that popularity, there are some strong challenges in the book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Darryl Klassen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I would recommend this book for anyone! My best friend got it and suggested it to myself and another friend. I am glad she did!
Published 12 months ago by Kimberly Myers-Schuh
5.0 out of 5 stars must read
did a group bible study of this book. this is the book i recommend to friends. an thought provoking book.
Published 15 months ago by Evelyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Got inspired and encouraged by Francis Chan
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. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Yaomeju
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing
This book will make you "uncomfortable" about where you are at in your Christian walk, for most of us anyway; and will inspire you to want to change - want to become more like HIM. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars A book well worth reading
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to discover a deeper understanding of our relationship with God and how much He cares for humankind.
Published 22 months ago by Janet Kirkley
5.0 out of 5 stars A convicting, challenging and inspiring read!
This is one of the best studies I have purchased in years. This book is challenging on so many levels. Written well, and designed to 'light the fire' within us so to speak. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2012 by Alyson R. Mcnish
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Love.
Love this book. Shows you what true Christianity is all about. Check out Francis Chan's youtube. This is a keeper. Amazing book.
Published on April 5 2012 by Bren
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This book was recommended by a friend. He was right; it is an awesome book.
So much to learn and get from this book.
Published on Feb. 27 2012 by R. McMillan
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