The first book in my journey of : One Book – One Week
This book has received a lot of hype. From a lot of people; including but not limited to, Justin Chandler, Robyn Mederich, and Angela Jennings. Each of them gave it the same rating: Two Thumbs Up!
I couldn’t agree more.
Francis Chan says nothing that hasn’t been said before. But he says it again and in a way that is a reminder that we shouldn’t forget again.
This is the basic premise: God loves you, in a crazy way. CRAZY! But we live in a way that makes quite clear we have yet to experience that love.
Chan describes how a person would live if he/she lived in constant recognition of the love of God. That person is OBSESSED with living out the principles of the bible that we so often neglect. Giving out of our abundance to the needy, living by faith in utter dependence of God, spending hours of time in devout genuine pursuit of relationship with our Savior, making extreme life changes in order to obey our Maker.
My favorite quote by Chan is in Chapter 4 – Profile of the Lukewarm
Chan says, “Do not assume you are good soil.” (pg.67)
Having grown up in the church and raised in a pastor’s family I often find myself living a ‘faithless’ life. No dependence on God, no daily relationship building, and trying to justify the lines of sin are some of the pits I find myself in. I don’t sacrifice for the needy or live in any way that models a Christ-like life.
That quote and the Parable of the Sheep and Goats (Matthew 25) are great reminders that I am in need of a Savior.
The Crazy Love that Chan writes about makes me want to change.
And that, my friends, is what a good book does. I approve.
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