- 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: 2,342 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,035 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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This book is convicting in that the emphasis on the book is God and glorifying Him. Far too many books these days are written by Arminian that think live revolves around themselves and God serving them, and so they are not all that Biblical. God is the focus of this book (check out chapter 1) and there is so much involved for man to continue to live each day. As Chan states in chapter 2 you are just someone that appears for a short time and then vanishes. So how do you want to make your life count for all of eternity? On page 46 Chan tells a story of a man named Stan whom preached at a funeral and challenged the audience to get right with God before it was too late as God could take their life at any moment. A few minutes later Stan fell over and died and God had taken him after that Gospel challenge. Perhaps some got saved that day.
Contrary to some other reviews this book is not teaching that one must do these things to be saved, but that showing Christ's Lordship and your obsession with Him proves that you are indeed saved, and are a slave of God. This book will rock your Christian life and I would suggest reading it again, and again as I plan on doing. Some other books that are also good and have similar themes as this one are "Radical & Follow Me" by David Platt. Buy those ones as well and read them.