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Crave: Wanting So Much More of God Paperback – January 1, 2010
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This first book by Tomlinson, a management consultant, is a perfect fit for the booming spirituality market, particularly for enthusiastic, evangelical 20- and 30-something audiences. He begins his personal musings with a simple thesis: it is too easy to become a “comfortable Christian” and we must always search for ways to express our active devotion to God and Jesus Christ. This premise is not particularly innovative, but his writing style is straightforward and personally honest. The author acknowledges his own struggles with pride while retelling, often with humor, his only-too-human attempts to reach lofty spiritual goals such as charity and purity. Every chapter opens with vivid and iconic imagery—a spoon, a bit of floss, a pager—tangible symbols throughout the book for more abstract ideas like obedience, joy, and comfort. In sum, the product is endearing and inspiring, especially appealing to young, male evangelicals. One chapter specifically devoted to the intersection of his spirituality and military service will also draw the interest of Christian men and women in the armed forces. Tomlinson’s debut leaves room for future development while it meets the expectations of readers and the genre as a whole; he is worth watching. (Jan. 1)
"Tired of fluffy books on the spiritual life? Chris Tomlinson has written a biblical, God-centered antidote. Crave takes us on a frank and honest journey through the challenges of the Christian walk in today's world. It is at once a wise, practical, and readable guide, useful for those who recognize spiritual mediocrity in themselves but want to grow beyond it." --Duane Litfin, President, Wheaton College
"In this creative blend of autobiography and devotional, Chris Tomlinson paints for us a Christ who satisfies our cravings for himself. An inspiring work from a gifted and anointed writer." --Christian George, Author of Godology, Sex, Sushi, and Salvation, and Sacred Travels
"Chris Tomlinson addresses the noblest and most necessary question in the most disarming style. It is the theme which engaged the best thoughts of writers from Augustine to Pascal to C.S. Lewis. That question seeks to explore what Pascal called the 'God-shaped vacuum': How do we satisfy our hunger for God? No mortal can answer the question with finality. But this book takes us a long way in the right direction." --Ronnie Collier Stevens, Pastor, Danube International Church, Budapest, Hungary
"Chris Tomlinson possesses a skill rare in Christian writing today: a clean, clear, powerful perspective. Crave is deftly written, with a sneaky comedic sense, but what sets Chris apart is his heart. He'd never say it himself, but he has a lot to teach, and we have a lot to learn." --Jordan Green, Editor-In-Chief, Burnside Writers Collective
"Part autobiography, part theological musing, Chris talks about God in a very personal and compelling manner in Crave. His message is clear and told through the introspective and often hilarious experiences of his own life: that God is great and should be praised. An engrossing read that not only had me laughing out loud but also thinking about my own personal beliefs, even from an athiest's perspective." --Andy Wang, Friend and Athiest
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Top Customer Reviews
Chris describes a plane ride he takes where he was sits next to a 17 year old girl. He senses that God wants him to talk to her and he can't quite figure out how to start the conversation. This young girl has her Ipod blaring in her ear buds and looking out the window. He describes the Holy Spirit as our pager. We need to answer it and do as he requests not just check the caller idea and see who it is, then decide not to answer it. He describes his attempts and agony at trying to follow God's request. He's straightforward and funny. Then he sums up the message of the example he shared at the end of the chapter which I liked.
This is what he says about Gods request of him on that plane ride, "I suppose part of the reason I try to ignore His directions so often is that I don't fully understand who He is in the first place. And because I don't understand Him, I probably don't fully trust Him either. Does He really speak to me and live inside me? Or is that just an expression people use.. I understand He is not a pager; an alarm clock, a megaphone, or a forgotten watch, but these images remind me that He speaks to me. I have given up trying to picture Him, but He is slowly becoming more real in my life. God's spirit, the Spirit of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, is living within me here and now...."
I really enjoyed this book by Chris and I'm thankful for the review copy. He made me look at life, Jesus and scripture in a new way. It also encouraged me in my walk, my relationships with others and gave me a new way to view trials we face each day with hope. This book is good for a new Christian and for those who have walked with Him all their life. I highly recommend it.
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I don't believe that book is for the younger people it addresses. I believe this awesome book should be read by ALL people who want to have more of and get to know God! It's amazing the things your heart feels when you read this book. I prayed to God for along time after reading this book! It is truly a life changing book and a conviction hits ya! It satisfied my craving and I am sure it will do the same for yours!
I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE!! It is worthy of a 5 star praise!!!
*This book was provided by Harvest House Publisher for review*
This book is about wanting more of God. Craving Him more than we crave the other things in life. Chris writes in a very easy to read and often humorous style. I found myself smiling and even laughing out loud a couple of times. He addresses everything from waiting on God to witnessing to what we allow into our lives by way of our eyes - which was a great chapter, though I had to say "ouch!"
I enjoyed the book immensely, but was also challenged and convicted by it. God so often takes a back seat to everything else, and though reading a book like this isn't a quick fix, Chris really nails it in this book, and any book that can convict and challenge as this book does, is definitely worth reading.
And though the book description says "these slices of life connect with 20- and 30-somethings who crave a deeper level of intimacy with God", this 40-year old guy really enjoyed the book. :-)
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