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5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK!, June 30, 2008
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This review is from: Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God (Paperback)
If you can read just one book this year, let Crazy Love be the one book.

It's that good. It's beautiful, hard-hitting, easy to read, convicting, life-transforming.

Remember a time when you had fallen in love? How everything in your life seemed to change? You did some crazy stuff. THAT'S exactly how our lives should change, if we truly fall in love with God.

Here is a summary of each chapter of the book, to give you a preview. I'll say it again, READ THIS BOOK!

Preface
This book is to convince you that by surrendering yourself totally to God's purposes, He will bring you the most pleasure in this life and the next.

Chapter One
Our problem isn't working harder, but realizing who God is, how "crazy" his love for us is, and falling in love with God. Because when you're wildly in love with someone, it changes everything in your life.

Chapter Two
On the average day, we live caught up in ourselves. It's crazy that we think today is just a normal day to do whatever we want with. Do you live with the fact that perhaps today you will die? Life is all about God and not about us at all.

Chapter Three
The greatest good on this earth is God. Period. God's one goal for us is Himself. Do you believe that God is the greatest thing you can experience in the whole world?

Chapter Four
Remember the parable of the soils. DO NOT ASSUME YOU ARE GOOD SOIL. Most American churchgoers have thorns that choke any seed that is in them. A relationship with God simply cannot grow when money, sins, activities, favorite sports teams, addictions, or commitments are piled on top of it.

Chapter Five
Jesus clearly states over and over he wants all or nothing. We can not give him leftovers, we cannot give him only what doesn't hurt us or only what doesn't put us at risk.

Chapter Six
To change our hearts, what we value, what we risk, how we act, we don't need more guilt or more rules, we just need to be in love with God. Because when you're wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.

Chapter Seven
Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers.
God wants us to trust Him with abandon. He wants to show us how He works and cares for us. He doesn't call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn't come true.

Chapter Eight
People who are obsessed with Jesus care more about the Kingdom than their own lives being shielded from pain or distress, live lives that connect them with the poor, will do things that don't make sense in terms of success or wealth, will seek humility, take joy in loving people, will be known as givers, not takers, will orient their lives around eternity, and will be characterized by committed, settled, passionate love for God.

Chapter Nine
There are people who really do live with a crazy love for Jesus, and if you look at their lives, it will eliminate every excuse for not living a radical, love-motivated life for Him.

Chapter Ten
How you live your days becomes how you have lived your life.
Love. Risk. Listen to the Spirit. Be committed to live each day as if it is your last before you meet Jesus.
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Initial post: Mar 7, 2009 8:18:28 AM PST
B. Anderson says:
I can't wait to start reading Chan's book. Thanks for breaking it down for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2010 10:09:05 PM PDT
Trix says:
Agreed, thank you so much for the break down! More helpful than the editorial reviews! Ordering now!

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 4:34:32 PM PST
I found your review very helpful. The points have all been made before in various ways but many other people. I think the point that is missed is that Christ's blood sacrifice saves us from the wrath of a Holy and Just God sacrificed Himself to pay the debt we could not ever HOPE to repay. God's love is not contingent upon man but Christ!

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 7:33:18 AM PDT
Nathalie A. says:
thank you for the breakdown! most helpful review! BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOURS!

Posted on Jun 3, 2011 9:45:13 PM PDT
I plan on reading & dwelling on ONE SOLID Christian Book this summer

Crazy Love
or
When People are BIG ^ God is Small by welch any thoughts/?

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 2:17:28 AM PDT
Taylor Upham says:
James,
Please understand what I'm about to say is not ment to undermined you in any way, but to help, you can through it out if you do not see that it fits. Some of the words that you used may not help some nonbelievers read this book; such as convicting. I'm going to SAGU (Southwestern Assemblies of God University) right now and I completely agree with you, but it may not be the best word choice. I'm using this book for my book report right now, and I'm in love with it.

For the Cause,
Taylor

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 8:28:20 PM PDT
Maybe he wasn't addressing unbelievers but us, the church. That's who this book is to, is it not?
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