Crazy Love, written by Francis Chan and published by David Cook, 2008 (ISBN 978-1-4347-6851-3), is an excellent book.
If you haven’t read it, find a copy and have a look at it – I think you will enjoy it.
Here’s part of what’s presented on the back cover of the book, it provides a great summary.
“Have you ever wondered if we’re missing it?. The God of the universe – the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor – loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss.
Whether you’re verbalized it yet or not … we all know something’s wrong.
Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions?
God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn’t working harder at a list of do’s and don’ts – it’s falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same.
Because when you’re wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.”
There are ten chapters, and the main part of the book is only 176 odd pages long. It’s an easy read, as Francis is an excellent communicator and he writes in a friendly, conversational style.
Two chapters, really stood out for me: Profile of the Lukewarm (Ch. 4), and Serving Leftovers to a Holy God (Ch. 5). In a sense, these chapters describe the characteristics of an average church in my western culture; after reading these chapters – I put the book down for a week as I examined my own participation in Christian ministry and community.
It’s a book like that – it skillfully puts the reader to the test and invites you to change if you identify a failure to fully love God.
Why not have a look at the web-site: www.crazylovebook.com ? On this site Francis Chan introduces each chapter of his book – it will give you a more detailed account of what this book is about.
In summary, I wished I had read this book a long time ago – it’s so good.