I’m a reader. I devour books, both on my iPod and the delicious old fashioned way…page by glorious page. Every once in a while, if I listen carefully, I hear about a book that has “changed” someone in a profound way. That’s what I heard over and over and over about the book:
Crazy Love Overwhelmed by a Relentless GOD by Frances Chan.But not until my good friend Bill from the inspiring blog, Cycle Guy’s Spin, told me to “GET THE BOOK!!!”, did I download the book from Audible onto my iPod.
This book is written to the American Christian. It’s a reality check but it’s done in love and in the most gentle way possible… considering the reality.
I’ve listened to it twice and read it in “real-book” form once. The Husband ordered 5 copies to give out and he’s NEVER ordered a book from Amazon. We kinda loved the message.
One of my favorite pastor-author-theologians, John Piper says:
“There’s no must-reads but the Bible. So how do you choose what to read before you die ? I do it largely by what is awakened in me when I read samples.”
With that in mind, I’m gonna let Crazy Love speak for itself. If you feel something awakened in you when you read any of this, get the book. If not, that’s okay.
Concerning the parable of the sower in Luke 8: “Do not assume you are good soil. I think most American churchgoers are the soil that chokes the seed…”
“Lukewarm people choose what is popular over what is right…”
“Lukewarm people think about life on earth much more often than eternity…”
“Lukewarm living and claiming Christ’s name simultaneously is utterly disgusting to God.”
“We show tangible love for God in how we care for the poor and those who are suffering.”
“…treat the poor and the desperate as if they were Christ Himself.”
“There has to be more to our faith than friendliness, politeness and even kindness…”
“My suggestion as you make decisions and discern how God would have you live is to ask yourself: is this the most loving way to do life? Am I loving my neighbor and my God by living where I live, by driving what I drive, by talking how I talk?”
“I urge you to consider and actually live as though each person you come into contact with is Christ.”
I felt a shift in my thinking after reading this book. And it was a bit of an answer to prayer for The Husband as it helped him put into words a change he’s been trying to convey to me for months now. So perhaps it was just the right time. But I’ve heard so many people out here in blog-land say the same thing, so maybe it’s worth the read…
Would love to hear from you if you’ve read the book already…what’d ya think?
Love to each of you today~