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Chasing Elephants: Wrestling with the Gray Areas of Life Paperback – September 5, 2010
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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
The main focus of the book - while we may know what we believe on the black and white topics of the Bible, there are many gray areas of life that require a little more research. Crowe begins his book with several introductory chapters, discussing such matters as freedom in Christ and grace, and then launches into chapter-length discussions of homosexuality, the cyber world, social drinking, entertainment and humanitarian efforts.
I found that I agreed with much of Crowe's arguments, and learned more about myself -- and was even convicted in a few areas - in the process. I liked how he incorporated both Scripture and writings from other Christians as part of the discussion.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review 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 Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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Great book , by an even greater author! Brent Crowe is one of the greatest leaders of all time in book!Published 19 months ago by Taylor Morton
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