Book Review of “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan
Review By Sylvia Cochran – Parenting by the Book
David C. Cook Publishing
May 1, 2008
In only 205 short and unassuming pages, Francis Chan rattles the cage of virtually anyone who claims to be a Christian. Starting off on the common ground that God is love, Chan unravels the believer’s response to this statement. Parsing dutiful followership from sold out discipleship, he soon causes the Christian to question his relationship with the God that is professed.
Putting into perspective that the creator is urging the created into a relationship based solely on the creator’s love, Chan questions our daily response. Has shallow Bible reading and forced Sunday check-in at the local church building become the status quo?
Crazy Love goes beyond the bare minimum we all do to try to stay out hell and calls us to do the maximum for the creator we profess to love. Asserting that it is not enough to try to be good, it must become our mission to seek out God and do His will. A tall order, to be sure, Chan still pulls no punches. He identifies the trademarks of the lukewarm Christian — abhorred by Christ himself — which nevertheless identifies virtually any churchgoer at some point or another.
The trick here is to break out of the mold and reinvent our spirituality and relationship with God. Chan is there to help. Crazy Love is not an easy book to read. Nobody wants to hear that they somehow do not measure up. Then again, it is better to hear it now than later. Chan does not simply tear down the believer but builds him back up. He offers suggestions and others’ testimonies of how they are going about responding to the crazy love that comes from the Creator God.
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