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Chasing Elephants: Wrestling with the Gray Areas of Life Paperback – September 5, 2010
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Engaging issues such as leadership, culture, and change, Brent speaks to tens of thousands across the nation and abroad each year and is currently serving as Vice President for Student Leadership University, a program that has trained over one hundred and twenty thousand students to commit themselves to excellence.
He is also the author of Reimagine: What the World Would Look Like If God Got His Way and Chasing Elephants: Wrestling with the Gray Areas of Life. Additionally Brent co-authored with David Nasser, The Call: insights from those who have answered . . .practical advice for those who are about to and is the Associate Editor of IMPACT, The Student Leadership Bible and a contributing author to The Complete Evangelism Guidebook. His latest work, Sacred Intent, is scheduled to be released on October 13, 2015.
The desire of Brent's heart is to see people realize that they have been set apart to the gospel of God and thus, in turn, they must set their lives apart in an effort to capture every moment in worshipful service to Him.
Brent Crowe is currently serving as Vice President with Student Leadership University in Orlando, Florida. He is married to Christina and has three children, Gabriel, Charis and Mercy. He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy and two masters degrees, a Masters of Divinity in Evangelism and a Masters of Arts in Ethics, from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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I expected it to be a book where he examines several "untouchable" topics. Topics such as the back cover lists: social drinking, homosexuality, social networking, and more.
I was interested in reading his opinions on many of these topics, and how he landed on his conclusions. But what I got was a lot more.
As I started reading Chasing Elephants, I was initially disappointed. It wasn't what I expected. BUt as I continued to read it, this book has turned into one of the more dog-eared, written in, highlighted books that I own.
Instead of tackling each of the mentioned topics one chapter at a time, Crowe instead has written a great book describing and explaining Christian freedom. He has formulated a series of sixteen questions, a grid, so to speak, that a person can use to answer questions about any of the grey areas in life.
Instead of addressing half a dozen touchy subjects, Crowe has developed a tool that can help you establish your beliefs about any such area. These sixteen questions have become extremely helpful for me.
Brent Crowe has done his homework concerning the the topic of Christian freedom. He examines most of the major biblical passages and does a great job of writing very clearly on the subject.
And then, in the last five chapters, he addresses specifically some of these untouchable topics, viewing them through the grid of these sixteen questions.
And he's done a great job doing it.
I highly recommend that you read Chasing Elephants.Read more ›
Five "elephants" are discussed in the book, but there are many things that we could examine by this 16 question grid. An elephant is anything that we avoid discussing because we know that it will cause conflict and disagreement.
While reading I examined my own life regarding how I respond to issues. I don't want to be a Pharisee, but I do want to obey God's commands.
One C.S. Lewis quote that I enjoyed from the book is: "We were talking about cats and dogs the other day and decided that both have consciences but the dog, being an honest, humble person, always has a bad one, but the cat is a Pharisee and always has a good one. When he sits and stares at you out of countenance he is thanking God that he is not as these dogs, or these humans, or even as these other cats!" I pray that I will never act like a cat.
This book will be very helpful to me when I confront issues in my life and need to examine them in light of what the scripture says. It's a great future reference.
*I received this book free from NavPress as part of their Blogging 4 Books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
At first, my temptation is to rush through the five contemporary issues of homosexuality, cyber world, social drinking, entertainment and humanitarian efforts. I am glad I restrained myself, and stuck to the author's game plan. The first five foundational chapters are core to understanding how contemporary issues need to be tackled. The book is wonderfully quotable, and is packed with wise quips on Christian living and social responsibility. Toward the end, after the last 'elephant' has been tackled, I cannot help but feel that there is another elephant that the author is subtly trying to hint to Christian readers, and the Church at large. This may very well be the biggest elephant of all: PROCRASTINATION about Christ's mission to the world.
'For all of us, freedom in Christ is the door of opportunity to doing something significant for the kingdom.' (160)
Indeed, many of us like to talk about grace. Yet, the essence of true grace demands more from us. One is only truly free, when one serves all joyfully out of pure gratitude to God's grace in Christ.Read more ›
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I read this book about 5 years ago, and it still stands out as one of the best books I've read. Crowe did a fantastic job of simply and biblically laying out a grid through which... Read morePublished 2 months ago by britt green
Great book , by an even greater author! Brent Crowe is one of the greatest leaders of all time in book!Published 13 months ago by Taylor Morton
This is a must read book for all students, adults, pastors, youth pastors or anyone just wanted to tackle some tough theological issues.Published 23 months ago by Brian Mills
This is a must book for anyone struggling with black and white decisions in a "gray" world! I highly recommend Brent's book.Published on January 25, 2014 by Bob Templeton
Every felt sure about how you stand on basic Christian topics,but maybe have a discussion on the computer or in real life and find yourself, asking yourself, "Are you sure you... Read morePublished on May 28, 2011 by S.F.
Amidst the church at large there is often much controversy. From doctrinal debates to differing theological stances to the preferences regarding the color of the carpet much... Read morePublished on March 21, 2011 by E. Bailey
Chasing Elephants was an interesting read and took no time for me to get through it.
The main focus of the book - while we may know what we believe on the black and... Read more
To be honest, when I first picked up the book I had a slight bias against the author because of my previous encounters hearing him in a youth pastor context in which I mistakenly... Read morePublished on January 31, 2011 by Amazon Customer