Reviewed by Dale Lewis
Francis Chan with Danae Yankowski
"As you read Crazy Love, you'll begin to ask yourself an uncomfortable question, 'What is God calling me to do with what I've learned?'"
Don’t even think you’ve heard it all before . . . because you may need to hear it again from the heart of Francis Chan. God is love. Crazy, relentless, all-powerful love. There's an all-powerful, all-knowing and creator God and He loves you. Sounds crazy to many people!
Francis is a gifted, passionate communicator both as a speaker and in the printed word. I wanted to read his first book because I’ve heard him in person. Obviously, it is different to read his words in the privacy of your own mind compared to seeing and hearing him speak this biblical truth within an arena setting. But, as when you hear him in person, Chan's thorough application of Scripture in regard to caring for the poor, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and being Jesus' hands and feet in this world shook my thinking. He challenges his readers to stop and think, worship, and apply practically. As you read Crazy Love, you’ll begin to ask yourself an uncomfortable question, “What is God calling me to do with what I've learned?”
The format of Crazy Love is straightforward. Chan dedicates the first three chapters to refreshing our “less-than-complete” understanding of God’s character and the last seven chapters calling Christ-followers to intentionally, painstakingly re-examine ourselves. This is a book meant to change the way Christ-followers live their lives, not to pat us on the back or to have us continue doing church the same old, same old way! He loves the church but is not afraid to tell us we’re failing--and then provide an attainable solution.
Chapter four, “Profile of the Lukewarm,” is packed full of highly uncomfortable, personal comparisons of today’s American Christian to the church in Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22.) He balances his definition of lukewarm Christians with Bible verses. There is no question at all that this chapter is biblically based. He invites the reader to explore and verify what is written straight from the Scriptures. Chan balances his straight forward rebuke in “Profile of the Lukwarm” with an energetic exhoration in “Profile of the Obsessed.” The difference between being lukewarm and obsessed is clearly presented. Putting your arms around the concept and living it out will be more difficult.
The interview with Francis at the end of book is both eye-opening and reaffirming as to the purpose of penning Crazy Love. He states, "God 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 through. We seem to keep forgetting God wants all or nothing.
Additional inspiration and consistent exhortation can be found on the complementary website created by the author: www.stopandthink.com. By all means, visit this website once a week – to say the least, it will deepen the roots of your faith journey.
Pick up a copy of Crazy Love today for yourself and another one for a fellow believer!