- Paperback: 205 pages
- Publisher: David C. Cook; 1st edition edition (May 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1434768511
- ISBN-13: 978-1434768513
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,313 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God Paperback – May 1, 2008
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Chan, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, Calif., offers a radical call for evangelicals to consider and emulate in this debut guide to living crazy for God. Chan's own life compels him to live with urgency, and with good reason. His mother died giving birth to him, his stepmother died when he was nine, and his dad when he was 12. As a pastor, Chan says that conducting weekly funerals for people younger than himself has likewise sobered him to life's unexpectedness and frailty. Chan writes with infectious exuberance, challenging Christians to take the Bible seriously. He describes at length the sorry state of lukewarm Christians who strive for a life characterized by control, safety and an absence of suffering. In stark contrast, the book offers real-life accounts of believers who have given all—time, money, health, even their lives—in obedience to Christ's call.Chan also recounts his own attempts to live crazy by significantly downsizing his home and giving away his resources to the poor.Earnest Christians will find valuable take-home lessons from Chan's excellent book. (May)
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First off If his goal was to simply encourage Christians to give more of their income and time to good causes then that is great I couldn't agree more. The problem is in the manner in which he does it. He condemns what to many is considered good stewardship of what God has given them (savings accounts, 401k retirement plans etc.) claiming that if you have one then you do not trust God. Yet we are told by the apostles that we are to be good stewards of what God has given us. While I know that we are also called to give to the needy to condemn any one who has a savings account and so in seems to be highly judgmental. It also feels a lot like it is advocating for works based salvation instead of salvation by grace and the result of; or the sign of a regenerate spirit is the works and deeds done.
Second his black and white approach to worry. While we are told to worry about nothing at the same time it is natural to for a parent to worry for a child or for the child to worry for their parents as they age and grow older. Or for a person who is living paycheck to paycheck or is with out work to worry about how they are going to feed their children. These are natural and not necessarily sinful or evil. It is when we allow it to consume us that it becomes a problem.
Third I take issue with his comments on tithing. He claims that if you forget to tithe sometimes that it is evil. Humans forget things and while it is wrong for us to forget unless it is willfully negligence I do not think that forgetting it once in a while automatically makes one evil. We need to tithe and it is our responsibility to handle it. But I think he slightly misses the mark on this.
I think overall while his goal was worthwhile his condemnation of some things like savings accounts and so on not only hits a majority of the church it also hits those in ministry. Some of these men and women giver their everything on daily basis to serve those and to serve the church. This seems very shortsighted, judgmental and damaging to the church.