Thursday, July 7, 2016

(Review) Crazy Love: Overwhelmed By A Relentless God by Francis Chan with Danae Yankoski

Publication Date: May 1, 2008
Publisher: David C. Cook
Genre: Nonfiction, Christian Growth
Pages: 205
Source: Self purchase
Rating: 4 stars for very good

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Summary:
Crazy Love propels the reader to have an passionate oriented love towards God. Going through the motions or habit, does not define love. Loving God, truly loving God, spills over into other people's lives; and we become an effective testimony of God's love living in us and toward others.

Chapters:
One: "Stop Praying"
Two: "You Might Not Finish This Chapter"
Three: "Crazy Love"
Four: "Profile of the Lukewarm"
Five: "Serving Leftovers to a Holy God"
Six: "When You're in Love"
Seven: "Your Best Life...Later"
Eight: "Profile of the Obsessed"
Nine: "Who Really Lives That Way?"
Ten: "The Crux of the Matter"

My Thoughts:
I love love love chapters with a title that demand a second look or response: "Chapter Two: You Might Not Finish This Chapter." If this chapter were all that was in the book, I would be satisfied.
"All that matters is the reality of who we are before God." Page 50.
A quote like this needs to sink in a bit. Turn over in my mind. Prick my heart.
His work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.                       1 Corinthians 3:13-15. 
Chapters four and five explore, "lukewarm Christians."
"As I see it, 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." Page 83-84.
After reading all of the Gospels, Chan believes Jesus Christ asks us to give our "all or nothing."
Chan goes on to teach we live under God's grace and mercy. We mess up, but God forgives us. However, just because a person goes to church or does something "churchy," does not mean this person is saved. There is a clear distinction.

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