For some reason I haven’t been able to enjoy Christian books too much. I typically make it a rule not to read too many ‘popular’ Christian books. You know the ones that I’m talking about – they either have the word ‘revolution’ or ‘generation’ in them. Because to me, these books are volumes that keep restating the same thing over and over and over… it’s like the smoke alarm going off in your home… you get the message, no need to hear it again. And I’ll be honest, in some ways Francis Chan’s ‘Crazy Love’ doesn’t say anything new at all, and will most likely be a restatement of sermons you have been hearing forever.
Chan has an ability to connect emotions with these truths. He goes beyond the neglect of the heart that some theologians and pastors seems to do, by using a keen gift to help these age old truths resonate deep within your spirit. Crazy Love is about looking at what Jesus says, and then painting a very basic picture of what the Christian life would look like for modern day Americans who want to be real with the words of our savior. Chan hits the nail on the head when he admits that we too often hear stories of people that are radically living for God, and we assume that they are some sort of super Christians who wear capes while taking communion and holding baptismal services every time they go to WAL MART. But the fact of the matter is: The Sermon on the Mount should be Christianity 101… ouch.
The book is very simply written and steers clear of any Christian jargon (this is a PLUS! Who the heck knows what ‘asking Jesus into your heart, accepting him, soaking, or ‘the anointing’ means anyway?) And each chapter is prefaced with an online video made by Chan that prepares your mind for the reading… I found that they were a fantastic way to keep me focused on the material and gave me food for thought throughout the day.
A quick word of warning: I very rarely will point out theological issues I have with a book, but… Chan is an advocate of ‘Lordship Salvation’ and thinks that a Christian must ‘prove’ their faith with good works, and that a disciple and a Christian are the same thing. For a response to why I think this is WRONG and HARMFUL check out a lesson I gave at church.
Check out parts 1 and 2 as well if you are interested.
Overall, Crazy Love was an enjoyable, challenging book that didn’t ‘teach’ me anything, but got me to take a closer look at my life and ask myself: What am I doing right now that requires faith?
3rd shelf of 5.