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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New, Revised and Updated Edition edition (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434705943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434705945
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A pastor and church planter based in San Francisco, Francis Chan speaks to tens of thousands of people around the world every year. Known for his passionate, biblical style, Chan is on the board of World Impact and is the author of Forgotten God, Erasing Hell, and Crazy Love, which has sold nearly two million copies.     

 


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Loving God with all your heart!
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I'd like to respond to those thinking that this book confuses people about being unconditionally loved by God, and WORKS.
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It is a very convicting and thought provoking book.
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 30, 2013
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I'm a Christian in ministry who thought I was doing okay, until I read David Platt's Follow Me, and this particular one. God spoke and convicted me in a new way that stirred me up to live a more genuine Christ-following, self-dying life. How rewarding it's been to my spiritual life, in that God's renewed my love for Him, and He's opened up my eyes to a lot of major things I was ignorant about.
I'd like to respond to those thinking that this book confuses people about being unconditionally loved by God, and WORKS. I don't think Francis is putting a lot of weight on works at all. If anything, he's challenging Christians to bear real fruit of being true disciples of Christ. It seems very harsh and condemning, but it's the truth. FACT: truly following Christ is HARD, we gotta deal with it. God doesn't leave us there though! In our weakness He's made strong. Everything in our lives will point back to His glory, His strength, His life. If we LET HIM. Those who feel condemned, please don't. Conviction should drive you to your knees and you should ask God to reveal to you what you need to let go so you can follow HIM more earnestly. Honestly, these days, I would rather read harsh words coming from pastors, instead of grace being talked about so cheaply like it's a free-for-all, no cost, no obligation, no-strings-attached kind of thing. JESUS CHRIST paid a great price, let us remember that. If I'm not experiencing being changed from glory to glory by the Almighty God, and I still struggle with the same sin and complacency year in and year out, am I really a Christian?
At the end, people may say this and that, God still used this book to awaken me from my complacency, and I thank God for Pastor Chan and his heart.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By jenmcdan13 on April 29, 2013
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Great book. Alot of simple ideas... but truly impactful. I think the best part of the book was in Chapter 8. Francis Chan writes, "True faith is loving a person after he has hurt you. True love makes you stand out...who are the people you avoid or who avoid you? Who are the people who have hurt you or hurt your friends or hurt your kids? Are you willing to do good to those people? To reach out to them?" Later, he describes the needs around the world and says, "I believe that God wants His people, His church, to meet these needs." And "people who are obsessed with God have an intimate relationship with Him. They are nourished by God's Word throughout the day because they know that 40 minutes on Sunday is not enough to sustain them for a whole week, especially when they will encounter so many distractions and alternative messages." And finally, "how will you answer the King when He says, 'what did you do with what I gave you?" Good questions we should try to answer!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J.M on June 27, 2013
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I recommend this book to everyone. Really stirs you to seek after God and to reconsider your relationship with Him. Making Jesus number one in our life and glorifying Him is our priority no matter what we do. This book really hits that home.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful By B. S. Killion on July 17, 2013
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I really like where Francis Chan is coming from, and I have no doubt he has wonderful intentions, but my only concern is that "Crazy Love" can easily be twisted into a works-based faith idea.

If we could all live like the relentless, Christ loving Christians that Chan talks about, I think this world would be an amazing place to live.

Where this book scares me is the "Lukewarm Christian" section. I understand what he's saying, and I think if someone truly has the Spirit of Christ living in them their lives will be radically changed, but if I'm a new Christian (which I was), I read that section and think "Man, I need to do a lot more to receive God's salvation. I'm not even close to being saved." This is completely wrong!!!

Our actions should follow our Faith 100%, but if we think for one second that any work we do makes God love us more and gains us favor, then we are essentially saying that Christ dying on the cross wasn't enough. Our focus should never be on "what can I do to not feel guilty today", but rather "Christ died and cleansed me of my sins. He saved this world, and I believe that. I have faith in the one true God who sent his son to save us from our sins, and because of that GRACE, I want to make his name known."

Again, I understand Chan has nothing but excellent intentions, but I think this book can easily pass the wrong idea to new Christians.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ryan C. Mercer on March 28, 2014
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Buy this book, buy this book, buy this book!

Alright, now that we have that out of the way I absolutely recommend this book. I think a younger audience, say teens to 30-somethings will get the most value out of this book, however if you fall outside of that age range it is still very much worth reading. Chan cuts out the fluff and goes straight to the point with a down-to-earth and honest approach, he doesn't pull his punches either (the Lukewarm chapter will be a blow to a lot of American Christians that think going to Church a few times a month is enough to be a Christian, really stressing that occasional attendance is NOT being a Christian).

I know a lot of study groups have used this book, and it does in fact have a study guide (that I have not purchased or even looked at) but don't think you need it to understand the text. Crazy Love is fine as a standalone book, I honestly think readers will walk away from it having decided it was well worth the purchase.

I'd recommend this book to someone who is already a Christian, someone that has had a relationship with God in the past and is looking to re-kindle it or make it even stronger. A new Christian, or someone curious about Christianity, might find the book a bit over-the-top and even overwhelming and even intimidating.

In closing I'd like to say the vast majority of Christians are likely to be offended by this book, but that's a good thing. A lot of Christians (in America for sure) are 'lukewarm' with their faith, they are fans not followers, they are the type that think going to church a few dozen times a year ensures their place in Heaven. This is terrible thinking, this is wrong, this is a lie whispered in your ear with feigned love by the Adversary. Don't let him fool you. Start with this book, use it as the first step to becoming a committed Christian, use it as a primer in transitioning from a fan to a follower.
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