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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I remember reading my first paragraph of Chan's several years ago. I was hesitant because I already "had" my favorite Christian authors who wrote about God and our relationship with Him. What a tragedy it would have been had I not picked up Crazy Love!
Along with Chan's excellent videos--i.e. "Just Stop and Think"--Crazy Love continues to help the church live the love that Jesus taught. And now Chan has taken it a step further by writing this workbook, which is "meant to help you think through God's intense, relentless love and how that love should transform every aspect of your being."
I lead a small group at our church and we used this book to conduct a group study. It was a very intriguing study that was extremely challenging. I really enjoyed Francis Chan's treatment of a difficult subject - realizing how much God loves us and the response that should elicit from us as Christians.
Even though the book itself was great for use in a group study, I did not find the workbook to be that helpful. The questions in the workbook were only okay. They weren't very deep and seemed to only scratch the surface of what was learned in the reading.
In short, I would highly recommend "Crazy Love", but given the choice I would skip on the workbook.
Great Book. Bought this book to use in a small group study and so far LOVE it. This book makes it easier for those who have a harder time coming up with questions and also re-highlights the main ideas of each chapter---which is super useful. Crazy Love is a challenging and great book for life.
I purchased this to help with a small group on my college campus going through the book, Crazy Love. I primarily would take from the questions, which offer a great expansion of thought from the chapters in the book proper. I didn't do a thorough read-through however, but the book helps greatly. I would be much inclined to read through this again when I do revisit Francis' original book.
Francis Chan does a great job focusing on what is important, and when in the right state of mind, forces you to reflect on how you are living your life and what changes need to be made. I love the book Crazy Love, but was unsure how helpful the workbook would be. I've often found workbooks just to be a shortened version of the book. While that is in a sense true here, I found the reflective questions with the big blank spaces for writing very helpful. Once I made the commitment to actually write down the responses instead of just "thinking" about them, things moved to a different level. The questions build upon one another and guide you in reflection of you own life and actions. I would definitely recommend this workbook to accompany the actual book.